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House tour: A botanical, treehouse concept in this four-room HDB home in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore News

Lifted 29 storeys above ground, Tammi Lin and Mykel Yee’s 970sqf four-room HDB home takes on a tree house concept inspired by its lofty perch. Helping the couple achieve their tropical-themed abode was their friend and interior designer, Adrien Ritzal of Adrien Kent Creative Studio. Though based in Malaysia, the designer was able to provide creative direction remotely to the couple; they communicated via e-mail and Whatsapp and Tammi and Mykel executed the renovation all on their own. Photo: Home & Decor Anchored by the lush treetop wallpaper in their…

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Here’s what you need to know about the latest changes to CPF usage and HDB housing loans when buying residential properties, Singapore News

Starting from today (10 May 2019), new rules regarding the use of CPF for purchasing residential properties and HDB loan limits will take effect – for both HDB flats and private properties. DollarsAndSense explains what these new rules are – and how they might affect you. OLD RULES REGARDING CPF USAGE AND HDB LOANS In the past, how much CPF you can use to pay for your residential property and HDB loan amount depends on the length of lease remaining on your property. OLD SCENARIO 1: If your property has…

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House tour: Secret doors and quirky decor in Annette Lee’s industrial-style HDB home, Singapore News

Despite its concrete-look finishes, this four-room flat is warm and inviting. The ambient lighting and statement decor pieces, like an antique gramophone from India and a “shine bright” neon sign, have infused it with the homeowners’ fun personality. The tinted mirror doors and contemporary sofa also add a modernist touch. Photo: Home & Decor The homeowners, hedge fund manager Raphael Foo and writer-director Annette Lee, love to play host. (You might recognise her as Sue-Ann in social media website Sgag’s humorous videos). They also wanted a space they could work…

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HDB BTO launch May 2019: Kallang/Whampoa, Woodlands & Tengah BTO review, Singapore News

What with all the Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones memes floating around, you might have missed the update that HDB is about to launch 3 new BTOs in May 2019. The two big ones are the Kallang/Whampoa BTO – a straight-up sequel to the box office smash that was HDB’s Feb 2019 BTO launch – and the Tengah BTO – also an anticipated follow-up to the oversubscribed first Tengah release in Nov 2018. Apart from these two giants, there’s also an under-the-radar Woodlands BTO which might be more a feasible and economical option. Read on for our review of each project, which includes…

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Can you afford a HDB flat when you’re 35 and single?, Singapore News

If you didn’t already know, Singaporeans who have never been married before can buy a HDB flat once they turn 35. While you may not be eligible for another decade or so, it’s a good idea to know how much you’ll need to buy a flat so you can start getting your finances in order. We talk to Amy Lim, an associate division director at Propnex Realty, to help you figure out what sort of flat you’ll be able to get at 35, and how much you’ll need to put…

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How a designer brought masculine chic to his 4-room HDB home, Singapore News

If there’s someone who knows a thing or two about turning an empty apartment into a stylish retreat, it’s Charlotte’s Carpentry director James Lim. Be it an Insta-worthy contemporary abode or an industrial-inspired couple’s nest, James and his firm has helped many a client achieve their dream home. However, it was not only until earlier this year that the seasoned designer finally got the chance to work on an abode that he can call his own. To get the lowdown on his renovation journey, we spoke to James himself about…

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Stacks of mail found near letterboxes at Tampines HDB block overlooked by new postman: SingPost, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Two stacks of mail found near the letterboxes at a Tampines Housing Board block’s void deck on Thursday (April 25) were overlooked by a new postman after the bundle toppled over the letterbox ledge, said SingPost on Friday. Ms Joanne Li, 30, a manager in the engineering industry, said in a Facebook post on Thursday night that she found several letters and parcels addressed to various units inside a “wastepaper ditch” next to the letterboxes. The Straits Times understands that the affected block was Block 862A Tampines Street…

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This 4-room Bedok HDB home features a modern and rustic look, Singapore News

You may not be able to tell from the photos, but this 40-year-old four-room resale flat in Bedok came with extensively slanted walls and floors. There was even water damage in the balcony. To turn this old unit into an inviting home, the homeowners sought the help of interior design firm W5A. W5A levelled the slanted walls by using partition boards as well as shadow gaps on the false ceiling; these create the illusion of straight walls. Textures and patterns, such as the brick walls and hexagon floor tiles, take…

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Pink, fresh & functional: this couple’s not-so-typical HDB, Singapore News

Singapore is home to many similar styles. Unfortunately, the love for the comfort zone becomes somewhat of a pitfall: Most of our homes are, arguably, alike and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who dares to challenge the status quo. Which is why this 4-room HDB in Cantonment Close is like a breath of fresh air. Expressing a mutual dislike for the monotone Nordic look, couple Dixin and Zhihao chose to play with different colours and patterns, resulting in a space that’s rather extraordinary. “Though we were drawn to the…

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Workers rescued after ‘faulty’ gondola leaves them stranded six storeys up HDB block, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Two workers cleaning the side of a Housing Board block were rescued by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Monday (April 15) when their gondola tilted to one side – leaving them dangling six storeys above the ground. The two men had been working on the the facade of Block 451 Yishun Ring Road when the accident happened, leaving them stranded for around 15 minutes. It is believed that they managed to stay within the gondola. An SCDF spokesman said one of the workers was taken to…

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