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Muji Style BTO Reno: Our 3D Plan

As with many others, we invested a lot of time and went through countless quarrels  debates over the layout.
We have a huge headache which by far none of the IDs whom we've met gave us the ideal solution we agree with.

Our main requirement:

  1. Expand living area, this can be done by hacking partial wall of bedroom 3
  2. Bedroom 3 should have an operable wall/door which means it can be fully opened up when we have more guests in the living room and closed should we have a guest staying over the night. (read, either of our mothers)
  3. We want a tatami storage platform in this bedroom 3 as well so it gives us more storage and the kids can play in this room whilst the adults chillax in the living room
As shared in this post, we can't hack the entire of bedroom 3 wall due to the structure, which means the idea of opening up bedroom 3 to combine it with living room will look really weird here and not achieve the effect we're planning for.

Tip for conceptualising your ideal layout
One fine day, we just sat on a mat in our empty 4 room BTO unit throwing out all kinds of ideas. It all begun with crazy ideas, we discovered 1 of the crazy idea may just work! This is a less common idea seen in Singapore BTO homes especially but I'm sure it has been done before so it was a risk for us.

Yes, we made a bold decision to convert bedroom 3 to the living room so that it is in the same space as the dining area and convert the living area to the kids' room.

Kids need more play space so it makes sense to enhance their space. And we love that the living room is now in line with the dining and kitchen area so it makes the interaction between guest easy.

Initially, we're worried if this will make our living room too claustrophobic but it turned out amazing. As the original walkway was added to the living space as well.

We met Dave from D5 Studio Image to go through the layout and received the 3D layout plan for our Muji Style 4 room BTO in less than 2 weeks.

Here's the first draft of our Muji Style Home - thought the colour was pretty off and it looked more Scandi than Muji so got him to revise carpentry to a warmer wood tone in our second draft.

Super love the entryway which camouflages the DB door, bomb shelter and door to the kids room really well

Wardrobe too dark...too scandi feel

Colour of wood is a bit off, and we'll be putting tatami mat over it 

Not too bad but just not Muji enough

Even though Dave did mention that the colour from 3D drawing is not 100% but I do feel that version 1 just doesn't scream Muji at all. We love the colour of warm wood so we got him to just revise the colour

Revised 3D Plan for our Muji Home

Take a look at the revised 3D plan with a warmer tone of the wood. So much better! The carpets in the 3D drawing just spoil the feel totally.

 and no, no ugly dark grey Fridge for us! Not even black nor s
The carpet's the spoiler again.

Read on to join us in the rest of our Muji Style BTO Reno Journey


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