Space-Maximising Lessons from 5 3-Room HDB Flats
Can a 3-room flat ever feel luxurious? These 5 designs demonstrate how
Indeed, this small apartment has adequate space for a young family (although it’s most popular with singles or couples with no children). As these clever design solutions show, a three-roomer can look more than adequate!
Home: 3-room flat in Holland Drive
Designer: i.Poise Design
Reno cost: S$10,001 - S$25,000
Broken plan means enjoying the spaciousness of open plan while at the same time having physical demarcations for different functions and at different levels of privacy.
In this flat, for example, the living and dining areas are designed with an open layout, but the lounge space is elevated and given a different floor treatment.
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Home: 3-room flat in Queenstown
Designer: Chapter B
Reno cost: S$48,000
Exposed trunking (also known as electrical casing) adds texture and contrast to the ceiling (above), while patterned tiles do the same for the backsplash, wall and floors in the kitchen.
Whether it’s folding doors, as in the bedroom here, or glass panels, a transparent wall takes the eyes further, thereby giving the illusion of more space and aids in maximising the amount of natural light in a room.
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Home: 3-room flat in Yishun
Designer: HAP Design
Reno cost: S$75,001 - S$100,000
Darker walls give a cosier, more intimate – not to mention super-sophisticated – feel. They also, surprisingly, make the ceiling appear higher than it is despite its contrasting colour.
The floor in this bedroom is dark while the walls are in a mid-tone, and the ceiling is bright white. This creates the illusion of the space opening up as the eye moves higher. Note that the bulkier furniture (the bed) is light in colour, and the smaller pieces are even darker than the floor, for contrast.
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Orientating the kitchen and the custom dining table according to the long, narrow shape of this flat is a clever use of the space, particularly as this open-concept kitchen looks primed for frequent entertaining. It affords the living area a more spacious feel, while becoming the main highlight of this home.
Just because you have a small home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in a renovation. Removing walls and replacing some of them with full glass panels will be pricey; so will great materials such as coloured glass cabinet doors and high-quality epoxy floor finishes. But when they come together, the haven that they create – and the oohs and aahs of admiration from your friends – will be worth the cost.