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WATER MARGIN The pool which Genome Architects' principal Wu Yen Yen designed is situated by the side of the house and is clearly visible when the family is having meals at the dining table, or from the island counter in the dry kitchen.

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LOTS OF ELBOW ROOM The living and dining areas blend seamlessly in a long, linear space, while just by the entrance is a smaller sitting area that is cosier, and which looks out onto the garden, which has glass panels to keep Samuel and the dogs safe from the driveway (above)

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CREATURE COMFORTS Mr Kong and Ms Ng with five-year-old Samuel love spending time with their four dogs. Although they'd love to have more pets, they are content for now to just have paintings of bulldogs, and cat cushions around the house. The home also has a gym room and a walk-in closet (above)

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CREATURE COMFORTS Mr Kong and Ms Ng with five-year-old Samuel love spending time with their four dogs. Although they'd love to have more pets, they are content for now to just have paintings of bulldogs, and cat cushions around the house. The home also has a gym room and a walk-in closet

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CREATURE COMFORTS Mr Kong and Ms Ng with five-year-old Samuel love spending time with their four dogs. Although they'd love to have more pets, they are content for now to just have paintings of bulldogs, and cat cushions around the house. The home also has a gym room and a walk-in closet

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CREATURE COMFORTS Mr Kong and Ms Ng with five-year-old Samuel love spending time with their four dogs. Although they'd love to have more pets, they are content for now to just have paintings of bulldogs, and cat cushions around the house. The home also has a gym room and a walk-in closet

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LOTS OF ELBOW ROOM The living and dining areas blend seamlessly in a long, linear space, while just by the entrance is a smaller sitting area that is cosier, and which looks out onto the garden, which has glass panels to keep Samuel and the dogs safe from the driveway

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LOTS OF ELBOW ROOM The living and dining areas blend seamlessly in a long, linear space (above and right), while just by the entrance is a smaller sitting area that is cosier, and which looks out onto the garden, which has glass panels to keep Samuel and the dogs safe from the driveway
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Room to grow

Rebuilding an old house from the ground up afforded Melvin Kong and Christie Ng a bigger canvas for their vision of a living space for their growing family and much-loved pets.
Oct 18, 2014 5:50 AM

WHEN Melvin Kong and Christie Ng were house-hunting a few years ago, they had hoped to find a home which they could move into immediately without the need for extensive renovations. "We visited about 50 homes, but could not find anything suitable," says Ms Ng, a homemaker. So it was onto Plan B

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