The Housing and Development Board (HDB) is changing its build-to-order offerings for new flats, starting in February 2018. According to the Straits Times, the new floor plans all include an open kitchen, without the option of a dividing wall between the cooking area and the rest of the living space. Discover how this change could affect the interior design flexibility of HDB flats.
Optional Components and Changing Needs
As part of the Build-to-Order (BTO) exercise of the HDB, flat purchasers have the chance to participate in the Optional Component Scheme. They can select specific options or additional features to include in their flat, like upgraded flooring, different bathroom fittings, or other components. In the past, the Optional Component Scheme included a choice of partition walls, costing between $370 to $710 depending on the type of flat.
However, in recent years, the open-concept kitchen and living space have become so popular that HDB plans to scrap the divider option altogether.
The Benefits of an Open Concept
For most buyers, the open floorplan is the ideal choice. The lack of a dividing wall between kitchen and living space keeps the HDB interior design more flexible, allowing owners to place furniture more freely or adapt spaces for other uses as the family grows. Conversation and connections happen more easily when there are no walls in the way, and those cooking the meal can be more involved in the family life, even as they’re preparing food.
Ways to Define the Kitchen Space
There are still options available for buyers who want a more defined or enclosed kitchen space. Creative placement of the shelves and cupboards can add the desired definition; or flat owners can hire a Singapore interior design company to install a partition or glass panels.
Glass panels offer separation without hampering the flow of light from one room to the next. They offer distinction between rooms without cramping the space.
HDB’s Commitment to Resident Satisfaction
Over the past few years, HDB has changed many of its interior designs and options to allow greater flexibility and satisfaction for residents. In 2017, HDB promised to use “urban design solutions that are found to be technically feasible, cost-effective and well accepted by residents.” For example, HDB now ensures that structural walls are kept as close to the edges of a flat as possible, in case the owners would like to remodel and alter the flat layout.
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