Repurposed Heritage Places In Kuala Lumpur For Rent

Have you ever wonder what can you do with a 30 year old shop & home?

These entrepreneur answers that with action.

Being a designer, Mika always liked beautiful things and is always looking to create things that make people go “WOW”. Here’s her latest work:

A shop that is bought by her grandparents in the 1980s had been transformed into a stunning workshop. Operating for a year, the space is open for people who need a space to conduct classes, meetings and even bazaar. Before the transformation, the shop is previously a mini market, storage and even homes for foreign workers. After the mini market closed down, it is very difficult to rent out at a higher price due to the condition of the shop.

“Why not I change the shop into my own workshop and conduct classes?” And so, the end result is a beautifully designed and repurposed property. With the help of her family members, her husband doing the woodwork, father giving table top, uncle giving table legs and mother to provide all the plants, the transformation is done in 2 months.

She turned the rooms into her office and rented out the rest to her close friends. They even conduct workshops of their own like flower decoration, painting and more. People coming for their workshop have other ideas of the place and Mika starts renting out the place for other people.

“It is much more acceptable for people to lend the place when it is a commercial place. Since we’re not having classes all the time, this is like a second income for the business. It is much easier and secured to lend out the place for 2-3 hours a day and they won’t stay overnight.”

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“It’s always a regret that the most beautiful places in KL town, Pasar Seni has became a place where tourists hangs out and foreigners sell things.”

This group of entrepreneurs brought back the place that they grew up back into the scene. At the same row of Merchant’s Lane there’s another historical hidden gem restored and repurposed.

Being able to fit 30 people for workshops, photoshooting, dinners & seminar, this loft in Pasar Seni should definitely be the next location of choice. Private owned by Baichuan Sdn Bhd, this space is repurposed alongside with Kwai Chai Hong.

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No one likes staying in old houses, but these are the gems hidden from plain sight of normal people. Everyday, we see high rise buildings & towers and even stay in apartment and condominiums due to increasing living expenses.

The location is repurposed from a 8,000 sqft house from 1970 that can be used for photo & film shooting, workshops, dinners, gathering, weddings and more. There’s a lot of music videos for Chinese New Year and Petronas eye-watering films are taken here.

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Chupspace is a peer to peer marketplace that allows homes & businesses to rent their underutilised spaces hourly for meetings, activities & filming production.

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Step by Step Guide on Finding The Right Venue

Businesses and individuals are constantly looking for places to throw events, have seminars or a simple offsite meeting. Finding a place that fits the need of your event or seminar can be a painful experience.

Whether that you need to search everywhere on the internet from Google, Facebook or asking your friends to send you places on Whatsapp, chances are that they have no idea of what your event is like and may not give you the best solution.

As specific as it goes, location scouts are looking for places that can fit 50 people seated, with natural lights, sound proof, with projector, microphones, sound system and nearby LRT station. We understand that pain as we’ve been there, done that.

Things to look for when sourcing a place

As most people’s best guess is to find a cafe, coworking space or hotel for their next seminar or event, most places are not found online easily. We’ve written down several steps that you could take when you’re checking the place out.

1. Set your dates & time

Knowing the details of the event is crucial when you’re looking to find a place. The first thing that any place would want to know BEFORE they answer you any relevant details is to know if they’re able to accommodate your business.

Feel free to set a tentative date and time for your event and be flexible with it. If you really like the place, try to find a time that the space is available to rent.

2. Know the number of people and type of event

As every space is unique on its own, the number of people that they’re able to fit is different. Also, bear in mind that the owners may only accept a certain type of event that is suitable for them.

If you’re looking to have a musical rehearsal, it is less likely that places like cafes and coworking spaces can accept your request. Your best bet is to tell them immediately the type of activity that you’re planning to have.

3. Send out requests

Once you have the 4 elements in hand, start sending out requests via phone call & email. It is also important to understand who exactly are you talking to when inquiring.

Our experience of calling these places is that, the receptionist is not the person in charge and they have no clue of what’s happening. Give yourself some time to follow up with each places that you’ve asked in 2-3 days if they have not gotten back to you.

4. Site visit or recce

After you’ve sent out requests, the owners will usually asks you to visit the place and see it for yourself. Bear in mind that most places will ask you to check their place out but it’ll costs you a significant amount of time to travel and visit.

Here’s a few thing that people would look for when doing site recce:

  • Location & access

Make sure that the place exist and how to access there. How is the traffic like at your event start time? And most importantly, you can see clearly what amenities are available in the location and if you need to bring additional equipment or items.

Understand how to access the location from parking lot or main entrance is crucial, especially if the space is located inside a shopping mall or office tower. It is fairly difficult to locate if no proper guidance is provided.

  • Price

For most places, they have no fixed price for space rental. But rather, they’ll take into account the usual cost they need to cover an hour of operations when you’re renting the place.

Hotels, restaurants and cafes are priced higher based on the number of people they need to serve you, plus the amount of sales that they’re not able to generate at the time. Example, if a cafe can generate RM1000 in sales every hour, booking the space will costs you at least RM1000 per hour which does not make sense for most people.

A way to solve this is to find less packed places and the price would definitely be lower as compared to these prime locations.

  • Looks & amenities

Do the place look and feel exactly as you intended? Is the location able to fit the number of people that is coming for the event?

As most places will not show you a full set of photos that showcase their place, it is very difficult to judge whether these places suit your needs. As some use wide angle cameras to make their space look bigger which will give you a misjudgement if your decision is based solely on photos.

While it’s the norm to visit places before you place a booking, Chupspace provides you with a platform where you can easily do all the above by having these in mind when we build the website.

5. Understand the rules

All spaces are unique and hosts would have different rules & terms for their space. Ask the hosts if they allow parties, smoking or alcohol would be crucial to a successful planning.

Here’s a few things to ask the hosts before you book:

  • Overtime charges

In case you exceed the booking hours, will there be any additional charges for it. If you think that you may need additional hours, let the host know in advance so it won’t affect the next guests.

  • Additional charges

Make sure that the amenities and equipment that you need to use it included in your booking. Some places may require additional charges if you want to use the projector, additional tables & chairs and more.

  • Security deposits & cleaning fees

Usually hosts will make it clear if the booking will require additional cleaning fees and security deposits for certain events like parties.

How can we simplify it?

Planning a party or event should be fun and enjoyable, that’s why Chupspace is here to make sure the planning process is simple and easy. You can find the perfect place easily through an easy to use platform, at the same time knowing availability, price & any other information that you need from booking the place.

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Host Gathering in Small Apartments and Homes

As most business & home owners rent a space either for activities or accommodation, we intend to forget about the core of why people want to book a place in the first place. People love to experience new things (or old things) and spending crazy amount on trends of food, drinks or fashion accessories.

It makes no exception that people want to gather in places that gives a unique experience too. Here’s a few examples of how these homes are transformed into an experience rather than a homestay.

This heritage home from 70s is used for weddings, photoshooting, meetups, seminars and more

As people limit themselves on what they can do as a home stay, this house from Sentul sells differently. With very little investment and be versatile on the booking types, this space can cater activities up to 30 people and sells typically 200% higher than a normal home stay.

Now they’re open for rent on a hourly basis for RM100 per hour. They offer more than what a typical home stay can, they’re becoming a place where people can rent for a gathering, activity, workshop, or even film shooting.

Hosting dinner at rooftops
Hosting speed dating events

How it Increases Booking

Before this, the space is mostly occupied during weekends at a daily room rate. Bookings are good but there are more that can be done in different places. Hence, they became a space for events instead of home stay. They’re no longer promoting their spaces on Airbnb but instead making effort to create experiences in their unique space.

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Renting Hourly Helps You Increase Income Further

As it may sound weird to rent a home stay hourly, but that is also the beauty of it. It opens up opportunities to new users to try out the place at a much affordable price. Best part is, people don’t get drunk and trash the place when they couldn’t overnight.

Alternatively, you can host 2 hours for travelling sales person to freshen themselves up before going to the next appointment, host barbecue parties that don’t need to overnight, all at a much higher price.

Typically 1 hour rent is about RM25 for a loft, set minimum of 3 hours if needed.

But, I Don't Have A Villa/Bungalow

Every place is unique as it’s own. That’s why we’ve created a website that allows home owners & operators to create experiences easily. Whether if it is for a short gathering, meeting or workshop, the only thing you need to invest is your time to setup the place, some required amenities and a few extra tables & chairs.

If people are using your space mostly for gathering, or if you want to try different things to get more bookings, you should cater your space to fit the need.

Preparing games, projectors, utensils for your guests to enjoy their gathering. You can also prepare steamboat pots, BBQ grills and other things for your guests without needing them to bring along. If you have a place that can fit 6 people overnight, most probably it can fit 12 people to gather around.

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Internet change how we communicate, travel and work

How we share has changed, thanks to the internet. Less than a decade ago, we only share our resources with those who are close to us. Today, we rent our car when we’re not using it; offer rides to strangers; or even a place to sleep for travelers.
Working remotely or in a co-working space can sometimes not be the best choice. Especially when we’re booking a meeting room, the time slot we wanted is always booked. A cafe or Starbucks is not going to leave a good impression and the terms of the contract shouldn’t be discussed in public.
It is frustrating when you can’t a space for meeting a client, while you see so many useful spaces around you sits underutilised.

What does it have to do with us?

Chupspace is a peer-to-peer marketplace for businesses and homeowners to share their underutilised spaces for meetings and events. People are getting tired of ballrooms and are moving to non-traditional venue, and we provide a platform for them to do just that, to source unique spaces for their events and meetings, at a cheaper, faster way.

Imagine a world where you can book a museum for team meetings, a courtyard in a private mansion for photo shooting, or an art gallery for product launching, all in one platform. It’s like an enhanced version of Airbnb, but without a bed and disturbing the neighbours midnight.

Businesses like Facebook, Google, and other multinational companies have a culture of renting spaces to work, to increase the teams’ productivity. What’s a better time to build a connection with the smartest people in the world, during their work time, especially when they are in your office?

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Spaces are always underutilised

There are over 40 million sqft of vacant properties in Malaysia alone and over 80% of the time, we’re using most of the spaces other than our own workspace. That’s when the idea come about, a marketplace to match underutilised spaces for events, meetings or any purposes.

We always held events or meetings in either co-working spaces or cafes, in which wasn’t always available, limited space and might sometimes disturb the other guests. The sharing economy concept got us to think that if personal car owners can earn extra income with their free time, why not extra home space, or underutilized space in businesses, or even abandoned malls?

So here we are today, matching you to a space owner which we call “host” where you can rent your house as a venue for events. Here’s some suggestion of spaces that can work as a venue:

1. Garden For Weddings

2. Pool For Parties

3. Rooftop For Dinners & Parties

4. Wine Lounge During The Day

Spaces are versatile and will suit different purpose with different components. Your office can be a workspace in the morning but a birthday party space at night, depending on how you set it up. The only limitation is your imagination.

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