House Tour: Kenneth and June's Spacious Scandustrial Home

This HDB flat's winning combination? The fusion of soft and muted elements of Nordic-inspired design and a strong industrial vibe. (Another star of this house: a grooved OOTD wall.)

Updated on June 12, 2017 18:06 pm

Jerni Camposano

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"Both of us want a Scandustrial look," say Kenneth Lim and June Low, referring to the interior design theme that marries two different styles (Scandinavian and industrial), and which has been garnering a major following in recent years.

"We like the simple, no-clutter look of the Scandinavian theme," says June. "We love that the colours are very comfortable-looking," Kenneth adds. Raw and rustic industrial touches—especially in their kitchen and dining area—add interesting twists to an otherwise neutral space.

Kenneth and June have been calling this 4-room premium HDB flat in Punggol home for about two months now after waiting for four years to own the property. The couple, who both work in the mobile games industry, enjoys this airy and breezy flat with Mochi, their energetic French bulldog.


This 90-sq.-m. premium HDB flat in Punggol is home to Kenneth, June, and their French bulldog Mochi.

June reveals, "Initially, we wanted to ballot for a place near either of our parents’ place, preferably to get the live near parents’ grant. Honestly, it wasn’t our first choice to be living in Punggol. But so far, we’re really loving the peace and greenery around here!"

With an initial budget of $30,000, the couple set out to find the perfect designer to turn their BTO flat into their dream home. Kenneth and June met with at least seven interior designers before engaging One Stop Builders to do the renovation.

"I think there's chemistry between us. The first time we met with Shane Ng of One Stop Builders, he knew exactly what we wanted, and that’s why we decided to go with him," Kenneth explains. June adds that "he's like us and shares the same interest in gaming so we can talk about a lot of topics aside from the house."

According to Shane, the couple had key concepts with a Scandinavian angle in mind, and he worked on making these key concepts into reality.

He took into consideration June's love affair with grey—that's why the colour scheme of the house features various shades of greys, blacks, and whites. "It was a challenge to not let the greys and neutrals overrun the warmth of a home. Thus, I selected warm woods in the furniture and cabinetry and used black accents in these to match the overall colour palette. Also, warm lights are chosen to convey more warmth," explains Shane.

Take a look at Kenneth and June's Scandustrial home and see for yourself why this fusion style is a growing trend in many Singaporean homes:

Living Room:

The living room is predominantly Scandinavian, with a common theme running through it: colours in this space are all neutrals. It features a grey custom-made sofa, patterned cushions that match the black and white chevron rug, and black-and-white framed decors bought from Carousell.

What stands out in this living space is the clean and white grooved wall that runs from the entryway to the space behind the sofa.

Instead of the usual brick walls popular in many industrial homes, Kenneth and June went for this cleaner and simpler feature wall. "I was inspired by Crate & Barrel’s store design in Orchard. It was love at first sight for me. It looks so simple, yet very Scandinavian. Our interior designer felt that it also looks unique and suited our theme very well," June proudly says.

Bedroom:

The simplicity and clutter-free look of the bedroom make for an ideal relaxing retreat for Kenneth and June. According to the couple, the glass spider lights (bought from Taobao) that hang over their queen-sized bed add a hint of boutique hotel classiness to the master's bedroom.

Kitchen:

Kenneth and June on what they love about their kitchen: "The black-coated aluminium-framed glass encasing the kitchen breakfast bar counter and the entrance. The warm wood cabinet laminate offsets the cool industrial look. We also love the subway tiles at the kitchen sink."

Dining Room:

The cool industrial look and feel extends to the dining room. All the elements in this space help achieve the raw and edgy style, from the atelier dining set from Nook & Cranny, to the steel-piping legs of the dining chairs and black metal pendant lights.

Bathrooms:

Raw and unfinished look? Yes, the cement-screeded bathroom walls absolutely adhere to the industrial style.

Study Room:

"Kenneth does game and graphic design, so I encouraged him to display some of his toys in the study. June likes things to be tidy so I went with a more minimalistic way of treating the cabinetry, focusing on covered storage that can keep things out of sight," explains Shane of Kenneth's fave room in the house.

June shares further, "The shelf is lined with comics, art books, novels, and toy figurines. Our hobbies as you can see are reading and playing video games."

Renovation Details

Type of property: 4-Room Premium HDB
Total space: 90 square metres
Renovation budget: $55,000 ($35,000 for the actual renovation and $20,000 for the furnishings—including items bought from Taobao)
Time to complete works: About 3 months
Interior Designer: One Stop Builders

"Some of our friends commented that our home doesn't look like an HDB flat. They love its spaciousness," the couple says.

According to the home's designer, many Scandinavian interiors in Singapore tend to be too busy with a lot of detailing but this home shows less is more. "Instead, we rely on the juxtapositioning of different shades and strong flowing lines to convey the character of the home."

Kenneth and June's tips for homeowners:

1. Communicate clearly with both your interior designer and contractor to let them understand what you really want and to avoid wasting time on reiterations.

2. Remember to take measurements very seriously! It’s one of the most important things to do before you shop for furnishings or for some decorations.

3. If you don’t like cleaning up too much, go for a clutter-free design.


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Photos by Samantha Echavez

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