|Contemporary tropical residence at Bukit Tunku|
By Melisa Ng
Tijani 2, Bukit Tunku, is tucked exclusively at Jalan Langgak Tunku amidst green surroundings. Being the owner of the 5,000sq ft two-and-a-half-storey semi-detached home, happily retired Geraldine Harding, 47, never regretted having to persuade her husband, Jimmy Tee to purchase the house in 2004.
"When my husband and I first bought this house, we didn't invest much in properties. We were staying in Ulu Kelang and that was the only landed property we had. After we sold that house, I told my husband that we should look for another landed property to invest in. Hence, I did some research and found out that Bukit Tunku was one of the remaining few green developments. With undulating terrains and lush greeneries, the surrounding is quite cooling.
"During the interior designing process, we got many offers from (real estate) agents asking if we wanted to sell the house. The price was good and we could make a profit. However after looking at the drafts provided by our interior designer, we loved how it looked and decided not to sell it. What I like about it is the strategic location where we can easily access to Jalan Duta, Jalan Mahameru and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman," shares the mother of three.
"Everything's here - it's complete…"
By the window of the master bedroom, sits a comfy armchair where Harding usually spends her time reading. The view? The green landscape of Langgak Tunku. Stairs to the lower ground (first level) leads you to two other bedrooms, a study room, living area, breakfast area, bar counter and kitchen. This level's main feature is the sleek and stylish bar with its black glass countertop, making it the perfect spot for entertaining guests. Beside the dining area is the breakfast area which opens out into the garden, complete with lush tropical foliage, water walls and water features that flow within the interior of the breakfast area. With such an open concept, Harding had to take security into consideration.
"We installed an alarm system with sensors throughout the house, even though the development is already gated and guarded, to further enhance the safety of my family," explains Harding.
With white as the kitchen's overall colour theme, the entire décor projects a minimalist and elegant look. The compact yet practical Bontempi-equipped kitchen is where the family gathers in the morning to make their toast and juice. Another floor down, there's a soundproofed television room, a bedroom, a gym and a music room.
On every level, there is a storeroom. There is also a koi pond and a barbeque area at the garden of the lower first level. "Basically I have everything here. You can say that my house is complete," beams Harding.
Designing "outside the box"
"Having an interior designer was good. He spent some time with us and got to know our lifestyles. We told him what we wanted and he gave us some suggestions," says Harding. She also asked for feedback and opinion from her family members.
Sitting on 3,600sq ft of land, the home underwent renovations worth approximately RM1.2 million (S$502,686); two renovations to be precise - a major one which involved some hacking for the lower ground levels and the other, six months after shifting in. One of the outstanding features that you will surely notice is the black and grey limestone coloured walls throughout the home, which adds to the sleek and contemporary appearance. All bedrooms are thoughtfully designed with ample space and en suite bathrooms.
When asked about her favourite area, Harding replies, "Well, it depends on the time of the day. If it's early in the morning I love the breakfast area. I like the water walls. If it's other times of the day, it will be the bar. It is the focal point of the house. And I think if you ask different family members, you will definitely receive different answers. But the bar will certainly feature in everyone's answer (laughs)!"
A unique collection
"I love this beautiful piece of art that I bought when I was on vacation with my hubby in Bali," she says of the wood-carved sculpture of running horses that are on the wall at the breakfast area.
"I'm also thankful that I have many people who assist me in maintaining this house, such as my cleaners Harta Maintanence, my curtain guy Loo from Grandway, and I have a great gardener-cum-landscaper from KC Landscape Services," says Harding. It's no surprise then that Harding was very pleased with the end result of the entire home.