As self-professed environmentalists who are not big fans of consumerism, Mr Shanmugaraj Palanivellu and Ms Maheswari Balan – who work in the arms and mechanical engineering industry respectively – were mindful of ensuring minimal waste production during their home renovation.
This, together with their desire for an industrial, post-apocalyptic design, resulted in an apartment that looks unlike any other.
Here is what went into the $80,000, four-month renovation of their 1,001 sq ft four-room Build-To-Order flat in Canberra. The couple, who are in their 30s, moved in in August last year.
Tell us about your lifestyle.[hhmc]
Mr Shanmugaraj: We're very outdoorsy and we love to do things like rock-climbing and diving. We try to be as environmentally conscious as possible and do as much as we can to reduce our carbon footprint.
For example, we always take along our own food containers to hawker centres and our water bottle everywhere we go.
What was the motivation behind your home's sustainable design?[hhmc]
Mr Shanmugaraj: We wanted to ensure that our home could stand the test of time because we didn't want to have to throw away or repair furniture after a few years.
We had to make sure we used materials of industrial-grade strength. Everything in the home also had to have a purpose.
Because we wanted to reduce repair costs, everything had to be modular. If a part of the furniture breaks, we can easily replace it instead of the entire item.
Also, this way, we can easily dismantle everything and bring it over to our next home, reducing renovation costs for the next home as well.
What are some interesting aspects of the design?[hhmc]
Ms Maheswari: We merged the industrial style, which I wanted, with a post-war ambience Shan wanted and the result is this industrial, post-apocalyptic look.
We're also fans of super villains and you can spot them around the apartment. They include Joker and Harley Quinn from DC Comics, Carnage from Marvel Studios, The Sith from Star Wars, Decepticon from Transformers, Akuma from Capcom and even weapons from World Of Warcraft.
Mr Shanmugaraj: The challenge for our interior designer Rey Tan, from Erstudio, was to better understand the movies and characters we were interested in and see how they could be incorporated cohesively in the interiors.
Can you highlight some of the eco-friendly features?[hhmc]
Mr Shanmugaraj: We used industrial materials where possible for long-lasting furniture. For example, our shoe rack was created from PVC pipes, while our open-concept wardrobe is made of cast-iron rods painted over with epoxy.
We also reuse or upcycle materials where possible – our herb garden and sofa are made from reused wooden pallets, and our coffee table was upcycled from old drums.
Another thing we did was to make sure we did not have too much storage space, so we can't hoard or buy excess items we don't need. Ms Maheswari: Through discussions with Rey, we also established that we wanted a home that looks extremely raw. As a result, he proposed rebars cast into the concrete screed flooring to help tie the look of thRead More – Source