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Amazing Make-Over of 70s House

By Johnni Wong

Photographs by Yap Chee Hong

Section 17 in Petaling Jaya isn’t exactly the most stylish of residential enclaves yet a recent re-design project shows what creative minds can do for a drab-looking 1970s house.

But, of course, the two talented designers plus their co-owner friend (a nursery plant supplier) had to admit that the exercise costs a whopping RM1mil to execute.

And the results are simply amazing. However, this house will probably appeal to buyers with a strong sense of architectural aesthetics due to the predominant use of black trims. But it goes to show the difference between a professionally designed house-and-garden project versus a D-I-Y home-owner’s experimentation.



The guest-suite, pool, lawn and walkway (not in view) were all oriented around the big old chiku tree.

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Beautiful century-old carvings like this were once rotting away in half-abandoned kampung houses in Terengganu. And foreigners, who recognised valuable antiques when they saw them, were buying them up cheaply. Fortunately, a new project is helping to ensure that Malaysia’s heritage will remain at home.

House by house, one man is trying to save the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Terengganu.

A GUY has been buying old wooden Malay houses from all over Terengganu for about RM10,000 each. He dismantles them, and then reassembles them into a boutique beach resort.

And then he will charge tourists a few hundred ringgit for one night’s accommodation. Who says heritage does not make ringgit and sense?

This is Terrapuri, a project by Alex Lee, the boss of Ping Anchorage (go to www., one of Terengganu’s largest tourism operators.

“Conserving heritage buildings is like buying antiques. It may look like junk now, but its value will soar later,” he says.

And in Penarik, about 90 minutes north of Kuala Terengganu, he is assembling his dream project, plank by plank. When completed later this year, it will feature 28 antique (between 100 to 200 years old) Malay houses in refurbished splendour and reassigned luxurious roles as a spa, an art gallery, a beach club, residential suites, and a Malay fine dining restaurant.


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