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Best of Qanvast 2020: A Round-up of Your 10 Favourite Reads

Homes that you fell for this year.

Whether you’re a homebody or not, having a functional and comfortable home should be at the top of any soon-to-be-renovating homeowner’s list, especially after being cooped up at home all day during the Circuit Breaker period.

To inspire you a little, we gathered our 10 most popular content on Qanvast to see which of these homes captured your hearts!

10. This 50s Joo Chiat Walk-Up Apartment Was Zubir Said’s Home

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View this project by Free Space Intent

Apart from being our 10th most-read article of the year, this ‘mini-museum’ in Joo Chiat was also one of the 12 most-liked homes on our Instagram in 2020. Vintage wood furnishings, brass accents, and exposed trunking make for a gorgeous, mid-century-cum-industrial renovation.

9. 11 Spare Bedroom Ideas: Home Cinemas, Art Studios, and More!

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View this project by Swiss Interior Design and MET Interior

It’s a common dilemma: You’ve just bought a new apartment but just because it’s the two of you (for now), there’s a spare bedroom that you have no idea what to do with.

But instead of letting it go to waste, why not turn it into a functional space? From cosy home cinemas to walk-in wardrobes, here are 11 ways you can put that extra square footage to better use.

8. This Tiong Bahru Flat is a BTS Fan’s Dream Home Come True

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Combine cute pastel aesthetics and a love for BTS: what do you get? This extra-cheery 4-room HDB in Tiong Bahru that captured the hearts of many on our Facebook. Making bright colours work so well together is not an easy feat — which is why you have to check out how Free Space Intent pulled off this out-of-the-norm proposal!

7. 5 Resale HDB Homes That Made Their Awkward Layouts Work

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View this project by The Local INN.terior 新家室

Sure, resale HDBs indeed have larger rooms and more spacious designs, but some come with awkward layouts that require clever space planning to solve.

Evidently, it’s a common problem that many homeowners in Singapore resonate with, so check out these 5 real-life examples that you can learn a thing or two from.

6. Tour a Cinematographer’s Larger-than-Usual 5-Room AMK Home

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At 128 sqm, Shyan and Joy’s home is one of the biggest 5-room resale flats that we’ve seen. Plus, it has… a ‘hamster tunnel’ and a ‘command centre’?

In particular, Shyan had a hand in creating the apartment’s lighting scheme, so there “will always be a nice contrast no matter where you are”. An extra-creative HDB home, if we ever saw one.

5. This Dreamy Telok Blangah Home Isn’t Your Typical HDB Flat

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Just try to convince us that this home doesn’t look like something straight out of a fairytale. From arched doors, rattan panels to soft pastels, it’s easy to see why so many people fell for this whimsical 4-room BTO in Telok Blangah.

4. How Are 3- and 4-Room Alkaff (Bidadari) Flat Layouts Unique?

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View this project by Zenith Arc

Touted as the ‘next Bishan’, Bidadari BTO flats are seriously sought after. If you’ve managed to snag a unit, lucky you! Impressive amenities aside (there are three MRT stations and an underground bus interchange!), these 3- and 4-room flats also come with pretty unique layouts.

3. This Designer’s Maisonette Has Enough Privacy for 3 Couples

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A departure from the typical white-and-wood or Scandinavian look, this all-black HDB maisonette was also a hit on our Facebook! Home to seasoned interior designer, this multi-generational apartment’s layout was carefully planned to ensure enough privacy for the 3 couples staying under one roof.

2. Having Kids Changed This Couple’s Life, And Also Their Home

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Built with their two young children in mind, Jo and Ben's 30-year-old, 5-room resale flat in Yishun is a real crowd-pleaser. Think: A spacious living room with minimal built-ins that their kids can ‘run around and play in’ and a ‘bright and airy’ look that is also ‘healthier’ for the little ones.

1. It’s Compact, But This 3-Room BTO Flat is Totally Hotel-Like

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Forget staycations, we imagine staying in this hotel-like 3-room BTO makes it feels like we’re on vacation-mode, 24/7. It’s no wonder that this gorgeous apartment also topped our charts as the most-liked home on Instagram for 2020!

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