Village House, Tai Po
Demonstrating an intelligent use of space and design, this inviting Tai Po home embodies a clean and contemporary design scheme that has been soften thanks to a splash of colour.
There many benefits to living in the New Territories, the most obvious being the peace and tranquility afforded by being even just a short distance from the bustling streets of Kowloon or Hong Kong island. However, many residents who have made the move are also blessed with open spaces, views over the rolling green countryside and in many cases, access to outdoor living that is simply less available in more densely populated areas. This stunning Tai Po property is no exception. Graced with floor-to-ceiling windows, a small balcony and an abundance of natural sunlight that makes the property feel bright and breezy, the owners of this 700 square feet apartment wanted to create an open-plan home that allowed for personal interaction, even when they are in different rooms. Originally comprising three bedrooms, they also needed an area where the man of the house could work from home, and because they have a young puppy, they wanted to ensure the fittings were durable and resistant to small teeth and scratches. As such, Jacky Lee of inT Design Furniture Limited began by knocking down the kitchen wall in order to create a more open layout that connects directly with the living and dining room, inviting the spectacular views inside the home. He also transformed the original floorplan, reducing the number of bedrooms to just one master suite with a walk-in closet and carved out a home office that leads straight off the lounge. The bathroom was also extended. Finally, the designer paved the rooftop with wooden outdoor decking that maintains the original waterproof structure while absorbing heat, and introduced a romantic yet relaxing lighting scheme to make it perfect for entertaining guests in the evenings.
In terms of the interiors design, Lee focused on a clean and simple scheme that centres around a pale grey and blonde wood base, which has been softened thanks to the addition of a glorious Cerulean blue sofa and matching artwork that is offset by complementary flatware and flowers. A simple yet stylish blonde wood dining table adds a Scandinavian vibe, and is flanked by four pale grey chairs. Tracked lighting up above ensure the owners can adjust the embience depending on whether they’re watching TV or cooking for friends.