Singaporean’s have always had a continued fascination with Executive Maisonettes. Perhaps it’s because of the extra space, or maybe even the high ceilings. One thing’s for sure though, that unique layout certainly plays a part in giving you a more interesting blank canvas for those who are creatively inclined.
But what’s most interesting about this week’s feature is really the challenges that this couple faced during their renovation process.
Navigating the renovation minefield for most is already daunting enough. But for Joan (*not her real name for privacy reasons) and her partner, they had just moved to Singapore 4 months prior and were even more unfamiliar with renovation procedures here. (Follow their journey here at houzitgoing).
Add that with trying to get things done at the peak of the pandemic – and you may have a recipe for a long drawn reno process.
And well, if you think that’s tough enough, that’s not it.
As they both led eco-friendly lifestyles (her partner is also a climate change specialist), they were well aware of the negative impact of renovations that has slipped under the radar for most people.
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are common in most building materials. And constant exposure to these chemicals is detrimental – not only to your health but also to the environment.
And now with a 4-year old son and a British Shorthair in tow, keeping their home as low on VOC as possible just made it even more urgently so.
With their home wedged between two large parks and the beach, it’s the perfect natural environment for their eco-friendly lifestyle. In fact, they don’t own a car by choice, but fortunately, all the amenities in their community are accessible through a walk in the park.
So with their commitment to an eco-friendly approach, there’s a lot to learn from the way Joan and her partner renovated their home. Let’s take a closer look.