House tour: Architectural features, earthy tones, and rich textures results in this stunning abode!

This impressive 7,000sqf two-storey bungalow sits on 10,000 sqf of land. It's home to a couple in their 60s and their two pet dogs. Big and bold in design, the blend of architectural features, earthy tones, and rich texture results in a stunning abode exuding understated grace and laid-back charm.

When Lim Hong Lian, founder and senior partner of LTW Designworks, began designing the bungalow which he and his wife Christine Lim now reside in, his brief was clear. Taking inspiration from the site's natural surroundings of lush greenery and unobstructed views of the skyline, he created an open-planned "tropical home" where boundaries between the indoors and outdoors are blurred.

Stepping in, the house emanates a relaxed, resort-like ambiance. As the site is on a sloped land, Hong Lian designed the living space to be on the leeward side of the house to maintain privacy, while maximising the flow of natural air. "It rests along the side of the hill and is almost hidden from the outside," he shares.

The three-storey living room and overhanging transparent staircase allow the architectural complexities of the interiors to be visible from the main living areas. Recycled teak wood from old houses in Indonesia is used for the floors and ceilings in the upper levels.