A Modern Home With ‘Secret’ Door Wins Qanvast Design Award
An interior designer can assist you in creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces that complement your style and improve your quality of life. Choosing the best designer to create your dream home, on the other hand, can be a time-consuming process. To help you narrow down your search, we have created the Qanvast Design Awards to recognise outstanding renovation projects by reputable interior firms.
Nevermore, a Penang-based interior design firm and their winning project; a 2,850 square foot penthouse located in Bayan Lepas, Penang was one of the Qanvast Design Award recipients this year. The renovation project was a collaborative effort between two brothers, Chuah Say Yang and Chuah Say Win, who are also the founders of the Nevermore firm.
About the client
After previously staying in a smaller unit in the same development, the client and his family had outgrown their existing home and were moving to a larger Penthouse unit. Before moving into their new home, they contacted Nevermore to help plan and execute the renovation.
About the design brief
Chuah had his client’s complete trust in envisioning a home that would suit the client and their family's lifestyle; a modern living space with plenty of beige details so the planning process couldn't have gone more smoothly. The deliberate use of clean lines, as well as materials such as marble, wood, and metal, contributes to the creation of a sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing family living space that reflects the modern theme.
About the renovation
As it was an aged property, an extensive revamp had to be done to breathe new life into this house. The living room now has modern furnishings which include a large grey L-shaped sofa, an armchair, black wooden side tables, and gold-trimmed hanging lights.
The adjacent dining area has an equally elegant setting. The generous 8-seater marble dining table accommodates large dinner parties, while black pendant lights add a decorative touch and become the dining area's focal point.
The true hidden gem of this Penthouse is located in the heart of the home - a ‘secret’ door into the kitchen. According to Chuah, the client requested their existing open kitchen to be divided into two separate rooms, dry and wet.
To accomplish this, Chuah and his team changed the entire kitchen layout by removing the existing furniture and appliances and replacing them with modern built-ins and integrated appliances to create a continuous design flow and to lend the kitchen a more cohesive look.
To separate the dry and wet kitchens, the firm installed an ingeniously camouflaged door (located beside the refrigerator) in EDL Fenix finish to connect the two rooms together. The ‘secret' door is one of Chuah’s favourite design features of the house as it helps to divide the kitchens’ various functions. The floor-to-ceiling door in the kitchen also helps to prevent smoke from entering the open space living area during deep-frying or heavy cooking.
Aside from the kitchen, Chuah also altered the layout of the master bedroom by relocating the existing bed frame to make more room for the walk-in wardrobe. To add some privacy to space, the walk-in wardrobe comes with a black wooden partition.
“Meanwhile, the introduction of lighter floor finishing enhances the room’s overall appearance,” Chuah adds.
Just like the master bedroom, the rest of the bedrooms are sanctuaries of calm softened with a neutral colour palette of beige, black and grey. Chuah and his team replaced the existing bedrooms’ floor with SPC Flooring (Stone Plastic Composite) as this material add a cosy and inviting ambience to the space. Meanwhile, chrome hanging lights help to illuminate the rooms with warm lights.
The bathroom has also been completely renovated. It now has beautiful marble walls that coordinate with the marble bathroom counter adding sophistication to the modern bathroom. Meanwhile, the vanity area is adorned with black tiles and two oval-shaped mirrors to create depth to the room.
To sum up
Although the renovation took around 4 months to complete due to the limited hours allowed for on-site constructions, Chuah were extremely pleased with the overall results of this renovation project.
“I am very pleased and satisfied with the final product, as the client allowed us to express ourselves throughout the project and we are grateful that the clients gave us 100% trust and they listened to our advice,” said Chuah.
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