Quaint home on Happy Avenue East seeks ‘right’ owner

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June 17, 2019 9:37 AM SGT
The house has a facade of floor-to-ceiling windows on the first and attic levels, and a brick exterior on the second floor (Credit: Fabian Ong)
On Happy Avenue East, off MacPherson Road, there is a home that peeks over its two-storeyed neighbours. Adorned with a red roof, gently curved, the house boasts a facade of floor-to-ceiling windows on the first and attic levels, and a brick exterior on the second floor. “Very unassuming” is how Eric Chiam, owner of the home, describes it.
Chiam was charmed by the neighbourhood of terrace homes in the Happy Avenue enclave as it was “untouched”, he says. Both he and his wife, Lisa, found it “really nice and quaint because the area has the character of the old, and the name ‘Happy’ has a nice ring to it”, Chiam says. “Down here, unlike other newer estates, 80% of the homes in this estate are quite old.”
The original house was a double-storey terrace, which Chiam tore down and rebuilt to its current glory. He had purchased the home in June 2013. Construction happened four months later, and the new house was ready within 16 months. “We actually built it all the while with plans to put it on the market, but in the end we decided to keep it for a season.” He now plans to sell it at a guide price of $3.38 million.
House with character
The interior of the ground floor is made of off-form concrete, which gives off an industrial vibe (Credit: Fabian Ong)
The most noticeable feature of the house on Happy Avenue East is how raw it looks. The interior of the ground floor is made of off-form concrete, which gives off an industrial vibe. For added interest, the concrete flooring is embedded with a colourful array of wine bottle chips. “We collected about 10 garbage bags of wine bottles, smashed them, and mixed them into the concrete,” Chiam shares.
He recounts that construction was a “very painful” process: “The floor was actually built thick, ground down about 2-3 centimetres, and polished.” Over...