Never doubt the magic of a good renovation job, as evidenced by the transformation of this old house in Taman Kampar, Ipoh.
Charmed by the vintage floors and window grills of this 40-year-old house, Cheryl Chan and Jason Low were moved make it their own. After a two month renovation restoration, nobody would believe that this amazing home was once an old abandoned house (images via Pause Ipoh).
Take a look at these before and after photos this renovation:
Front Entrance and Porch
Table of Contents
Retaining the original gates and window grills that had first brought it to the attention of Cheryl and Jason, thorough rust-removal and repainting work has restored the home’s front entrance and porch.
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Cleaned, rebuilt and painted, the living room is now the cosy, beautiful living room you see above. New, solid wooden doors have been brought in to replace the missing bedroom doors. A matching set of sofas and coffee table were then added to the space to complete it.
For some uniqueness, a blackboard the size of one side of its walls was brought likely as an afterthought but nevertheless an interesting one.
A lot of effort also went into rewiring and repainting. For a better sense of space, the window separating the dining and living rooms were also removed. Another plus is that it also allows for free communication between the two areas.
A house isn’t complete without a proper kitchen, and after cleaning and repainting the place, brand new solid surface countertops, kitchen cabinets, shelves sinks and a door were brought in.
To help vent fumes during cooking and improve the air quality of the interiors, a few ventilation airways have been added into the wall above the windows. Better ventilation also immensely helps prevent gunk and oily build up on floors and walls when cooking.
A highlight of this newly renovated home is the addition of a green, living tree to the corner of the dining room.
Taking advantage of the abundant sunlight coming through the ceiling windows and skylights, the interior designers have cleverly turned what was supposed to be jury-rigged solution to hide an ugly drain pipe running along the wall into an art statement.
The bedrooms are where some of the best transformations have taken place. According to Cheryl and Jason, the second bedroom (as seen above) was the most difficult room to refurbish as the walls covered in grease, making repainting a “headache”.
Good interior design lighting techniques do wonders to set the mood. Spare use of warm lights help create an atmosphere conducive for relaxing after a long day while also adding some subtle embellishment without turning the space gaudy (How to Create a Bedroom that’s Conducive to Sleep).
Work was also done to make the windows bigger to allow more natural sunlight in.
The other bedroom features subtly contrasting colours that livens it up and makes its already cosy bed more cosy. Warm lighting, always fitting to create a relaxed atmosphere, was chosen – perfect for lying in bed while reading a book.
The small bathrooms, in particular, have received a lot of attention. Again, the interior designers have demonstrated that simple minimalism is all that’s needed to create spaces that are both stylish and functional (smallbathroom design ideas).
Significant improvements include work done to make the entrance to the toilet bigger and lowering the tall window for more privacy. According to Cheryl and Jason, “We decided to make it a bigger bathroom by combining them and flattening the whole floor [to] the same level. We also elevated the window to enjoy tree view during shower while keeping the privacy.”
The interior design rule of 60/30/10 colour ratio was also applied to maximum effect here for a nice balance of contrast and sense of cleanliness and spaciousness.
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