6 HDB Flats with Open-Concept Ideas That Look and Work Great
All of these homes are bright, airy, and spacious – just the way we like it!
Some people love open-concept spaces because of how roomy they feel, while others hate them for their (perceived) lack of privacy, but whichever side of the divide you fall, one thing is for sure: they’re incredibly versatile.
Below are 6 creative open-concept HDB flats with useful renovation ideas that you can either show to the naysayers in your life or take inspiration from to create your very own well-connected living space!
1. An open-concept Northshore Drive BTO flat with a bohemian chic aesthetic
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Open-concept homes tend to be seen less private than their counterparts with clearly demarcated spaces, but there are simple, and not to mention, budget-friendly workarounds to this downside.
For instance, installing a set of suspended sheer curtains was all it took to create privacy for both halves of this airy Northshore Drive BTO flat’s expansive communal area, which consists of a sunny living space as well as an adjoining bedroom-turned-home-office.
2. Compact 3-room BTO flat at Skyparc@Dawson with a semi-open concept layout
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If you aren’t a fan of using curtains as space dividers (after all, they do require cleaning and don’t provide complete privacy), there’s also the option of outfitting your home with a set of folding partition doors.
It’s exactly these fixtures that give the occupants of this 3-room BTO flat at Skyparc@Dawson the freedom to easily switch between two different home settings: a living area with excellent flow or a private patio that’s perfect for kicking back with a book on the weekends.
3. A family-friendly 5-room Tampines HDB flat that promotes a sense of togetherness
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Because of their seamlessness and spaciousness, homes with open-concept layouts – like this roomy 5-room Tampines HDB flat – are great for entertaining. And it’s these very same qualities that make them ideal for family life too.
Whether you’re hollering to the kids to prep the dinner table from the kitchen or getting the attention of your in-laws who are watching TV in the living room, it’s definitely easier to communicate with each other in an open environment where there are no walls and doors to get in the way.
4. Sleek 3-room Ang Mo Kio HDB flat that has a long, but spacious floor plan
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The flat's floor plan, post-renovation.
What differentiates this 3-room HDB flat at Ang Mo Kio from the rest on this list is its long and (once) narrow layout. But thankfully, turning it into an open-concept home makes it feel less confined – a task accomplished by demolishing the walls between the living area and an adjoining bedroom that’s now a home cinema.
Similarly, features like a pair of glass-fronted sliding doors in the kitchen and an all-white colour scheme aid greatly in alleviating the sense of confinement innate to tight stretches of space.
5. An eclectic open-concept couple’s nest located in Bukit Batok
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It’s clear at a glance that this eclectic Bukit Batok HDB flat isn’t your typical couple’s nest. Aside from an open-concept layout that gives it enough room to accommodate a reading/work platform as well as a pool table, there’s also an airy ‘cinema nook’ that comes with a projector and theatre chair.
And finally, adding a touch of whimsy (and not to mention, functionality) are roller shutters that can be used to section off the kitchen whenever the cooking gets heavy.
6. A minimalist-lover’s Ang Mo Kio HDB flat with a semi-private study
View this project by Toke & Chen
Seeing as to how it has tranquil vibes and fuss-free décor, which are the twin hallmarks of anti-excess design, it’s no exaggeration to call this white-and-wood Ang Mo Kio HDB flat a minimalist’s dream come true.
Its take on a semi-open space is likewise simple and elegant: a home office, separated from the rest of the flat by a chic transparent glass divider at the side and a blond wood sliding panel on the front that offers privacy when shut.
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