House tour: A simple, greenery-filled home of a fashion and design consultant

Sometimes, keeping things simple is the best solution.

For Cheah Wei Chun, shophouses bring back fond memories of Chinese New Year celebrations with his extended family at his grandmother’s shophouse in his hometown of Penang. Since relocating to Singapore more than a decade ago, Wei Chun has lived in various such houses. When the lease of a Little India shophouse that he was living in ended, he set out to find a shophouse of his own.

“I wanted one with character. Air wells are what I love most about old shophouses,” says Wei Chun. When he saw this second-storey shophouse in Joo Chiat Road with an unusual air well, he knew it was the one for him. The mid-70s shophouse was in its original condition but Wei Chun’s decision to look beyond the ageing facade and dilapidated interior paid off. After a major overhaul, he now has what he considers the perfect shophouse that is both home and office.

The spruced up air well breathes new life into this old shophouse.