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The Yuen Family

The Yuen Family

Some people find inspiration for their home from their personal history. Others find style inspiration from exotic overseas locations, while others may look to books and literature to help create their dream home. For Paul and Debbie, it was a combination of all of these elements that led to the creation of their colonial style home in Applecross.

According to Debbie, their family’s Malaysian heritage was the major influence for their home’s design. “Paul and I were born in Malaysia and had worked in Singapore” she said.

“We discovered a book called The Black & White Bungalows in Singapore that referred to homes built during the colonial era in Malaysia and Singapore – and that is how we chose the design of our home. We wanted to replicate the black and white colonial bungalow style that we both liked while living in Malaysia, particularly the circular drive way and the enclosed balcony with shutters.”

Paul and Debbie’s new home has been designed to house their family with two children aged 12 and 14. The home features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a study and a sitting area with a kitchenette upstairs.

“It has a theatre room and a music/games room for the kids which are both downstairs. We also have a guest house at the rear of our property for our visitors.”

As Debbie explained, choosing to build with Webb & Brown-Neaves was an easy decision. “We had a good experience with Webb & Brown-Neaves and knew what to expect, as this was our second house built by them. We found that the service we received was very good and professional. The project was on time and we did not have any issues during the building process.”

Top tips from the Yuen Family

  • Be sure to get references and recommendations before you choose a builder.
  • Be meticulous during the planning process to get the end result you really want.
  • Have lots of patience throughout the entire process.