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This Abandoned, 3-Storey Townhome Transforms Into a Scandi Dream

Interior designer Sharlene Lanzarrote takes on a dilapidated 180sqm town home and turns it into a Scandinavian escape in the middle of the city.

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Any space can be restored with the right plan and execution. Take for example this abandoned three-storey townhouse that interior designer Sharlene Lanzarrote of Sharlene Lanzarote Interior Design Service worked on: the rundown 180sqm home was given a contemporary Scandi makeover for a family of four.

To get that quiet, cozy, but “maaliwalas” appeal inspired by a log cabin, the designer went with different shades of wood  and white walls highlighted by pops of bright color.

Entrance


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“Upon entering the space, the guests will be greeted by a floor to ceiling mirror and wood cladding accent wall on the left,” says Sharlene, who mentions that this is the home's first focal point on the ground floor. The wood cladding connects to the powder room and continues on the stairs, offering a glimpse of how the space flows. 

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Dining area and kitchen 


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Based on the request of the client, the dining area immediately faces the entryway, which is an added challenge to the designer. That meant that it would be harder to access the closed-off kitchen area if one is to consider the family's flow of movement. 


Sharlene explains: “Renovations can be quite tricky, especially when there are structural elements and load bearing walls involved. The main concern was the partition of the kitchen on the ground floor. It is completely closed off with little to no light coming through.” 

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To keep the townhome's structural integrity while addressing her client's request, the designer went with a pass-through window that partially opens the kitchen to the dining area, while also doubling as a breakfast nook.  “This allows ample amount of sunlight to come in and makes it more convenient to transfer food from the kitchen to the dining area.” 

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The kitchen also features the ground floor's second focal point: the transition tiles combined with an entrance arch.  “Instead of closing off the space with a door, this subtle architectural detail adds a little drama.” 


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Living and entertainment area 

The third focal point is in the living and entertainment area: “the wall-to-wall entertainment corner with custom built-in cabinet and wood panel composite cladding,” says Sharlene, adding that this encapsulates the wood-and-white theme of the whole space.  


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Aside from this, the living and entertainment area features a sectional couch and sits right behind the kitchen entrance, where a customized wine bar has been installed. 


Kids’ room 


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On the second floor, the kids' room features custom-made fixtures. “It has a built-in double deck with pull-out bed, and steps with drawers and shelves.” A fun, customized addition is a floor-to-ceiling rock climbing zone that the kids can enjoy. 


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Home office 


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Since many companies now have hybrid or full work-from-home arrangements, the client decided that a home office is a must. The spartan space consists of four work stations and a custom file cabinet housing with glassboard. 


Master bedroom 


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The master bedroom continues the neutral theme of the home, with different wooden textures going from the floor up to the wall backing the bed.


It has an en suite bathroom and features a small walk-in closet, separated by custom-made wall dividers. 


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Attic 


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Probably one of the most interesting spots in the home is its third-floor attic. Transformed into a family room, this space features hidden doors—which were actually also added to the ground floor to hide away storage areas. “Using jib or hidden doors is a clever way to hide rooms that are usually kept away from guests.”  


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Overall, Sharlene managed to create a space that answers the needs of the client's family while working around limitations of the structure. Renovation work needs expert advice: not only will this produce optimum results financial-wise, but also offer a space that's beautifully customized, and most importantly, safe.  

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