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Prozfile Landed Interior Design: Types of Landed Properties in Singapore

What are the key differences between landed interior design and other interior designs? What are some of the types of landed properties available in Singapore that we have designed for?

Freehold

/ˈfriːhəʊld/

(n.) permanent and absolute tenure of land or property with freedom to dispose of it at will.

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Leasehold

/ˈliːshəʊld/

(n.) the holding of property by lease.

"a form of leasehold"

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These days new homeowners in Singapore who can afford it are increasingly looking at the option of purchasing a landed property because of its increased privacy and autonomy that comes with owning a piece of land — especially in comparison to an increasingly crowded and compact residential space in a high-rise building.

 

What are some key considerations when thinking of designing and renovating your landed property that differs from other renovation projects at other types of residential properties? We identified 4 things to consider other than the usual budget, timeline, and design aesthetic considerations that come with all types of design and renovation projects. 

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Factors to Consider when Designing and Renovating your Landed Property

1. Pricier cost of materials

 

First and foremost it is important to know oftentimes renovation costs of a landed property will amount to a higher figure for some work that is basic — just like any other home that is more spacious and bigger than average will be more expensive to renovate. That is also likely why a lot of the times you see smaller homes tend to look more luxurious while larger homes opt to go for a more modern contemporary, minimalistic look for their house — because there is simply more surface to cover for the house. The more square feet = the higher the cost.

 

2. Think about the exterior 

 

On top of designing and revamping interiors, there is also the exterior look and structure to consider whether you are building a home from scratch or repairing the exterior of a resale home with existing structures. 

 

3. Increased flexibility in changes of structure

 

Except the columns that are essential in supporting the entire structure of the building, literally everything else can be changed in a landed property house — walls can be knocked down to configure new room layouts, clever planning of space can be utilized to optimize the living space with storage and other systems designed in place, and exterior walls can be extended to create even more space inside the house. Another change that is available for landed properties and not available for high-rise apartment homes is changing and reconfiguring bathroom plumbing to add and/or reposition toilet positions.

 

4. Factor in maintenance costs for the long haul

 

When thinking about owning a piece of landed property in Singapore, oftentimes thoughts of building a legacy is something that comes to mind and along with this, it is natural that more responsibilities come along with those ideas too! One such example is thinking in the long term on how to manage the costs of running a larger household for the long haul. Unlike condominium apartments where maintenance fees are paid monthly and left to be managed by the resident developers, landed property will require the homeowner to be very hands on in the upkeep of both the interior and exterior of the house beyond the foreseeable future time being.

 

With all those factors considered, next, let’s find out what are the different types of landed property that are available in this little red dot.

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1. Terrace House (Inter) — Duku Rd.

A terrace house is a connected row of houses  — and though touching each other and sharing common boundary walls, each dwelling has its own independent land title. The inter terrace house is the lot that is situated in the middle of the row therefore their features mean they only have windows on their narrow ends — some people might say that there’s less light that falls into the home. However, this 3-storey home at Duku Road is spacious enough to let in enough light on each of the floors especially at the front area of the house.

 

The brief at this 3-storey terraced house at Duku Road is stylish dark woods, functional luxury features, ample storage space, office cum gym, and childrens bedroom for their 3 and 4-year old daughter. The home is further brought out with architectural details such as sculptural lighting cleverly placed to illuminate different spaces of the home. Tasteful interior styling of cognac leather against black fittings and play on woods of tan parquet flooring and dark brown cabinetry tie the whole color palette theme of this landed property together.

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2. Terrace House (Corner) — Prozfile Office

Prozfile office also recently went through a round of redesign and renovations in 2020 and our office and showroom where we conduct all of our meetings with clients sits on a corner terrace lot on Starlight Road. Usually the corner lot in a terrace housing lets in a lot more light due to its front-facing and side facing windows. Other than that, the corner lot may also have larger land size than the inter lots.

 

Our office redesign theme is dark, sleek, and modern with dark fluted wooden panels extending to 3.4 meters — elongating the height view of this one-storey office space. Other interesting details at the showroom area is a custom-printed gradient wallpaper that serves to contrast the dark woods and also there is a wall with printed quotes at the entrance area that serves to uplift and motivate those who step inside. Also, one need not be afraid of using dark tones for their interiors — if afraid of drowning out a space, contrast those dark shades with a white ceiling and light color floor tiles. Next, pictured is another area which is the meeting room. Again, the cupboards are in those dark woods aforementioned and the meeting room table is a beautiful wooden slab table. What is interesting about this area is the TV cupboard that was built to give the illusion of a fireplace where the bottom section is actually a smaller column to support the top part of the cupboard. The column itself is also covered with mirror finish giving it a trompe l'oeil effect and at the same time expanding the space of the meeting room area.

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Basically, a semi-detached house means that the house is mostly standing on its own except for one side of the wall that is attached to another home housing another family household. The two homes that share a wall in semi-detached housing are also often mirror images of each other.

 

At first glance, this spacious 2-storey semi-detached home standing at 2200 sqft at Begonia Road gives us the impression of a light and airy space due to its massive size and use of light-toned chengal wood and white color palette. However, if you look hard enough, there is also a quiet playfulness in this space. More specifically, the nods to pop culture across the home — such as the inspiration from graffiti artist Invader’s style of installing mosaic tile art in the likes of Pac-Man at the stairs hall and Super Mario in the children’s shower.

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This home we renovated at Jalan Mutiara is also a semi-detached house albeit a much more spacious home than the Begonia semi-detached house at 3800 sqft available living space in the 2-storey home resulting in a mansion looking interior for the home.

 

The homeowner specifically requested a modern dark luxe look for this home and therefore it’s why you see that even the exterior of the house is in black with two stone foo dog statues guarding the main entrance of the house for auspicious feng shui purposes. Such a spacious house at Jalan Mutiara allows for us to go with a dark theme using luxurious looking woods and marble textures to create that highly sought after modern contemporary/luxury look. However, the ceilings and floor are kept in white or lighter material tones so as to not have the dark colors completely absorb the light of the interiors which will result in the need to increase lighting in the room. All-in-all the final look of this place mimics the typical mansion looks with its modern contemporary and luxury finishing touches in it’s interior designs.

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Next, is the bungalow we renovated at Allamanda Grove. Bungalows are usually physically detached from neighboring building structures and tend to be low-rise buildings standing on their own. This 3-storey house is very spacious with 4800 sqft of living space and even has a pool built within the compound of the house for a resort feel and overlooks from the living room area. Other unique features of this home include an outdoor dining space, a private car park, a wine cellar, home theatre, gym, walk-in wardrobe, and loft office. The design of this house is predominantly modern contemporary, white and airy with timber flooring for a resort feel and the living room is even equipped with a large fan to encourage maximum air flow for a massive height space.

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6. Good Class Bungalows (GCB)

As of yet, Prozfile has not come across any renovation projects that sit on these highly prized districts where eligible bungalows here would then be classified as Good Class Bungalows and sold at a premium price. There are other requirements to hit as well to qualify for GCB status such as, the land size needs to be at least 15000 sqft where only up to 40% of the land is allowed to be the 2-storey max house and the rest of the land is dedicated to greenery and landscaping where you can plan to include pools, basketball court, gardens and etc. Good Class Bungalows have had a massive spike in popularity recently, having appeared in the news for its exchanging of hands during this pandemic period and also being purchased by some notable new tech company CEOs like Grab, Dyson, and SecretLab gaming chair founder among others.

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7. Townhouse/Cluster House - Dunsfold Residences

Cluster houses are strata-titled properties with condo-like features at a shared landed plot which is then split up into separate households in terrace, semi-detached or bungalow structures and tend to have shared communal facilities like those found in condominium developments: swimming pool, gym, parking lots, and etc. These types of landed property are generally cheaper than other types of landed properties and just like condo developments they require monthly contributions of maintenance fees to the strata management. Townhouses are also similar to cluster houses except this time they are built as a mix of offerings within a condominium establishment. Stay tuned for more photos from this project of ours at Dunsfold Residences as it is currently still work-in-progress.

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Our last landed property is situated at a shophouse walk-up apartment type of dwelling and is also featured in our loft designs FAQ. The shophouses we are referring to here are those of conservation nature that were built between the 1840s and 1960s. They are protected by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) due to their heritage and historical value. Because of this, the prices of these apartments can also be comparable to a landed property. Usually, two or three storeys high, shophouses units are basically terraced homes with long and narrow indoor space, and a five-foot fronting space. 

 

You can see some of the historical features of this space namely the timber rafters supporting the roof and the old school lourve windows. Having a vision of how the place should look and then coming together with our highly experienced designer, Cadine, this shophouse apartment at Joo Chiat that was once completely bare with a leaking roof and many cracks on the walls was transformed into a modern luxe apartment with a stylish loft master bedder to boot. It was almost a given to build a loft due to its massive ceiling height, the unique downward slopes of the roof-shaped ceiling, and attractive-looking wooden beams to reinforce the structure of the roof in place. All in all giving the space a unique characteristic that was in turn played to an advantage with clever design of the space. 

 

People who love dark colors need not worry about potentially drowning the light out of a space or spending heaps amounts on electricity to ensure lighting is adequate in a dark-toned space. The solution to this? Pair dark colors with lighter or neutral tones to bounce some natural lighting back into your dark luxe space. This is done here via juxtaposing light greys with darker greys, use of white ceilings and light woods on the step and string of the stairs, and with bold, graphic vinyl mosaic tiles applied to each of the riser surface on the staircase.

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With landed property ownership accounting to 5% of the Singaporean population, landed home ownership is still in the rare category — and the fact that Prozfile has multiple projects under our belt displays our experience in handling residential projects of this sort. For landed resale, we typically engage with BCA for structural inspections and for final structural changes with regards to its exteriors, there is a need for a qualified persons (QP) — usually a licensed architect’s endorsement along with our design proposal. If you would like to know more details on how to go about your landed property renovation, please write to us and we can schedule an appointment to discuss further.

 

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