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Mark Seeger's blood, sweat and tears

Today I'd like to share a reader's home that stemmed from the following email: "I'm an american living in Singapore. I moved here when I was 22, and I'm 30 now, so that's a few years. Rather than live the traditional 'expat lifestyle' of a condo and 42 inch LCD TV on the wall, I bought over a "per-war colonial house" (also known as a "Black & White House"). It had no floor and no roof when I took it over (abandoned for nearly a decade). I rebuilt it myself (in the hot sun!), and I'd love to share it with you! It may help others share inspiration about what can be done with old bricks ;) 
Mark Seeger & Huska (german shepherd)
When I saw these photos I was shocked. THIS had no floor and roof??!! It's an incredible home that was obviously a labour of love. Thanks for sharing it with us Mark!


Reader Comments (21)

one of the most incredible house tours I've ever seen

22 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCritter mama

amazing! one of the few houses i've seen that i immediately resonated with. thanks so much for posting.

22 Dec 2009 | Unregistered Commentermlp

Im startled. It's very inspiring and amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

22 Dec 2009 | Unregistered Commentersissielse

i want that outdoor shower!

22 Dec 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkrista

I have "a few old bricks", too, but I think I'd need a bit more talent and skill (like Mark's) to create something like this. It turned out to be a lovely home with some very thoughtful and unusual features. I believe at least I could take inspiration into creating up-lighting of my own brick wall, as shown in two of the photos! Thanks so much for sharing.

22 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterToni aka Sparky

This reminds me so much of some of the great older houses in the Philippines, where I lived for 10 years. You've done a wonderful job of creating your own home here; I'm really impressed. Love those original "breathing" spaces around the top of the wonderful, high ceilings, and the shower is delightful.

22 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

Wow, the outdoor shower is amazing. It must be so relaxing showering out there.

22 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Truly beautiful. I'm beyond impressed, and inspired too.

23 Dec 2009 | Unregistered Commentercarlitadee

can mark and his dog be any cuter? well done!

23 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Inspirational! Especially for someone who is looking at moving to Asia next year (read: me). Lovely lines, textures, simplicity. Oh, and I want that dog. x

23 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterClare

I always wondered what it's like in these pre-war houses. And it amazed me with this example. Also got a glimpse into an expat's interior. Thanks!

23 Dec 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfreda

WOW, WOW, WoW !!! Such a wonderful home! I adore the outdoor-shower, and love the bookcases on the brick wall, very cool idea. Bravo, Mark!!

23 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJany

This place is absolutely incredible. Just superior!!! Thanks for sharing

24 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBlake

Call me an exhibitionist but that outdoor shower in a fishtank is AMAZING!!!

25 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMax T

I'm one of the few local Singaporeans who have been following desire-to-inspire religiously (I know others too). Even as locals, we are always intrigued by the black-&-white houses and I for one, have always wanted to be able to peek inside. This is a pleasant surprise, thanks for sharing !

25 Dec 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFarhana

great home, I would love to have tea there

7 Jan 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkaylovesvintage

Hey!! By chance i came upon this website of yours and I must say that I am so proud of you! Its totally an inspiration and the designs are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

11 Jan 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsabel

That is beautiful - and clearly painstaking - work. Kudos.

18 Feb 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaryl

what a great project! love the liberal use of wood, complemented with brick. makes for a warm, earthy feel to the space.

24 Feb 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiana

i like how the house has character. awesome!

7 Jun 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelwin

Hi Mark,

You never cease to amaze me. I'm totally impressed by this house. I'm glad to see that you are doing so well.

Dave H. (aka Jazzfanatic)

13 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

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