Cube Associate Design was established in 1998 as a design consultancy firm that specialises in providing creative and practical design solutions for homes. Offering a full range of interior design services, from initial space planning to construction administration, the company strives to provide clients with unique and practical designs.
CAREFUL SPACE PLANNING TRANSFORMED THIS HOME IN TO A BRIGH TAND WELCOMING ABODE.
For this couple in their 40s and their three teenage children, the renovation of their two-storey semidetached house was intended to improve the property’s use of space. The reconstruction work included adding a side and rear extension to the house, and reorientating and zoning the interior spaces. The original design and layout of the house posed problems to its occupants. For example, the kitchen and dining areas were placed at the front of the house, blocking the flow of space. As light and air couldn’t flow in easily, the interiors were dark and damp. Sarah Tham, the design director of Cube Associate Design, decided to introduce a clean contemporary style with a warm touch, in the revamp of the spaces. Now, a bright welcoming ambience greets visitors when they enter the home, thanks to the mostly white living space with light Crema Marfil marble flooring in a matte-polish finish. The open-concept dry kitchen is now sited in the centre of the house. A large island counter with a Caeserstone countertop anchors the space, with a grey wall and a black refrigerator bringing contrast to the cool white space.
Black powdercoated aluminium screens complement the light and bright interiors, and provide sunshade and privacy, too.
A side extension of the terrace space links the front and rear of the house.
The large kitchen island links the living and dining spaces.
Towards the rear of the house, the dining area opens up to an unblocked view of its surroundings, as well as to outdoor spaces, through folding black-framed glass doors. This reconfiguration has opened the interiors of the house up to plenty of natural light and ventilation. The rear extension is also where the powder room and wet kitchen are located. With the side extension, the outdoor areas which run around the perimeter of the house are linked. Outdoor sliding screens in black powder-coated aluminium serve both as sun-shading devices and privacy screens. There is an additional family entertainment room in the basement, which features an extensive use of wood finishes for a relaxing ambience. This space is well-lit and ventilated, due to the sliding glass door which opens the space up to the outdoors, and nature, in the form of a row of plants outside running alongside the room.
Furniture in dark and wood tones add contrast to the mostly white living room.
The naturally lit dining area opens up to the home’s surroundings.
The basement has a reading corner where the homeowners can relax.
The family entertainment room is well-lit and ventilated, thanks to the large doors
XTENSIVE USE OF WOOD TONES ADD A RELAXING AMBIENCE TO THE HOME.
Sarah designed the interiors of this two-storey semi-detached house, the abode of a family of four, based on a modern contemporary style. A restful space on the second floor, the master bedroom features large windows, allowing lots of natural sunlight in – making the room a perfect space for lounging. Full-height glass doors separate the open-concept walk-in wardrobe from the bedroom while creating a boutique-like feel to the enclosed space. The master bedroom connects to the attic via a spiral staircase enclosed by timber strips; the vertical strips make the structure look sleek and streamlined, while wood tones create a relaxing ambience. The attic is now used as a study room, which benefits from the skylight, making it a refreshing and well-lit area conducive for work and play. A full-height book shelf connects the upper and lower spaces. A moveable ladder allows the homeowners to retrieve their favourite books easily from the open shelves.
The enclosed spiral staircase is an attractive feature in the master bedroom.
Fine details on the glass doors add texture to the walk-in wardrobe area.
The master bathroom exudes a posh hotellike feel thanks to the dark silver travertine walls which clad the entire space. On the other hand, the powder room, which is located next to the poolside patio on the first floor, has a modern resort look, with walls and floors decked in dark and light sandalwood marble. Chengal wood trellises serve as a divider to separate the shower area from the WC and sink. To make guests feel welcome, the guest room has a warm and relaxing ambience. This is thanks to the use of textured fabric upholstery and cove lighting behind the bed, together with an elegant colour scheme of grey and purple.
The soft curves on the standalone bathtub contrast well against the textured grains on the surfaces in the master bathroom.
The cosy corner in the guest room is a perfect spot to read and relax.
The Chengal wood trellises in the powder room add a resort feel to the space.