After An $80K Reno, This Resale Flat Has An Arcade Games Room, The Perfect Hideaway & Entertainment Area For The Homeowners Who Love Gaming - 8 Days Skip to main content

After An $80K Reno, This Resale Flat Has An Arcade Games Room, The Perfect Hideaway & Entertainment Area For The Homeowners Who Love Gaming

Arcade at home, anyone?
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No prizes for guessing what the homeowners of this four-room resale flat in Strathmore Avenue like to do in their free time.

As avid gamers, the couple, who work in IT and HR and are both in their late 20s, knew from the outset that one of the rooms in their 914 sq ft unit had to be transformed into a dedicated gaming room.

Besides that, they had only one other request they had for their home renovation: To make it over into an easy-to-maintain home that’s bright and airy with some eclectic elements. Vincent Tan of The Local INN.terior was tasked with the job of transforming the 17-year-old flat into a modern contemporary home with a renovation budget of $80,000.

Vincent’s vision for the entertainment room was a fun and bold sanctuary, replete with a retro off-air TV feature wall and a complementary vibrant wall colour. Together with the homeowners’ collection of arcade game machines, the room is now the perfect cocoon for unwinding after a day’s work, as well as an entertainment area when they have guests over.

Naturally, this was the part of the home that required the most work. “The off-air TV feature wall was put together with a careful selection of subway tiles that that we dry-laid, cut and eventually installed. Even though the process was tedious, the result is definitely worth it,” Vincent tells 8Days.

Besides the photo-worthy features in the entertainment room, a false ceiling and custom TV feature console were also built, coupled with a bespoke lighting plan that can toggle between game mode and normal mode.

In general, the layout of the four-room flat was relatively unchanged, save for the second bedroom which has a collapsible boundary which would allow the homeowners to segregate the room once more if they have kids in the future.

In the kitchen, a sleek black island takes centrestage. It not only provides more countertop space, it’s also the main dining area of the home, maximising the limited space in the kitchen. The sizeable island has also become the heart of the home, seamlessly combining the open-concept kitchen with the light, bright living room.

A neon sign with a quote from Harry Potter — the homeowners are Harry Potter fans — is a photo-worthy focal point that connects both the living and dining areas.

The common bathroom, in all its orange and red tiled glory, is consistent with the vivid colour story of the entertainment room and kitchen feature wall.

The common bedroom was turned into a walk-in wardrobe, and has a bay area that’s serves a make-up area.

It’s also a cosy nook for the homeowners to read, unwind or enjoy the unblocked views of the Queenstown neighbourhood.

The master bedroom’s storage platform bed, together with artful cove lighting beneath, keeps things airy but still cosy. But it’s not just about aesthetics — it provides extra storage space as well. 

Dark tones and matte black fittings were chosen for the master bathroom to keep things cohesive with the master bedroom’s cool theme.

Photos: Marcus Lim for The Local INN.terior

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