By Selena Oh
So you invested in a Good Class Bungalow or GCB or an exclusive landed property. Prime space. Prime districts. You want to make it liveable yet an elegant showpiece, a reflection of your years of hard work and also a valuable capital asset to own.
Partial or Complete Renovation
It’s a huge capital investment and requires careful planning in terms of financial outlay, time considerations and integrity of existing design. Of course, a complete overhaul would mean a significant enhanced asset valuation in the long run. It really depends on your needs or goals?. Tearing down and rebuilding from scratch is not necessarily a good thing. Home owners should also consider the neighbourhood the property is located in. The property should have a distinct character and yet not be an eyesore.
Family and Lifestyle Needs
If it is going to pass down the family line for generations, other factors should be taken into consideration. Think of the individual needs of the family members e.g. an aged grandparent vs an active toddler; a busy social home entertainment lifestyle or a love for outdoors. This is where a home interior solutions expert comes in. Do communicate your needs and concerns thoroughly.
GCBs built in different years are based on varying architecture genres and interior designs of its day. Is it worth retaining its original character with minimum alterations ? Or make various modifications using the latest sustainable, climate friendly materials, energy saving technology, stylish accessories and trending furnishings for an updated look? Do weigh in on your requirements with your design consultant.
Traditionally, most GCBs are housed in leafy landscapes. It is important to preserve the natural environment in which the GCB is sited on. Some of these GCBs are built as family homes for generations and the foliage cultivated over the years be come striking works of nature which all contribute to the character of the property. Your design consultant can help you optimise the integration of these natural assets into the total aesthetics to your advantage.
Before you undertake any remodelling work, do note that there are various building and renovation regulations to observe. Permits and approvals may be required for some works.