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

December 29, 2020
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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

Joo Chiat by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: 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!

Most popular homes and articles Singapore

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

Kim Tian Road by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

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

Potong Pasir Avenue 1 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

Most popular homes and articles Singapore

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

Telok Blangah Parcview by 19 Eighty Three

Interior Firm: 19 Eighty Three

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?

Alkaff Crescent by Zenith Arc

Interior Firm: 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

Serangoon North Avenue 4 by Fifth Avenue Interior

Interior Firm: Fifth Avenue Interior

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

Yishun Avenue 4 by Charlotte's Carpentry

Interior Firm: Charlotte's Carpentry

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

Circuit Road by Habit

Interior Firm: Habit

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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