Real Layout Ideas for 3-, 4- and 5-Room Tampines BTO Flats!
Get a head start on your renovation with some real-life inspiration!
If you’re a Tampines BTO owner-to-be, good news! The long wait for your new home will soon be over. According to estimates, the T.O.P for the newest estate in the neighbourhood, Tampines GreenView, will take place in December this year, followed by Tampines GreenBloom and Tampines GreenFlora sometime in September 2020.
These dates also mean it’s time to start planning your renovation, which is why we’ve got some fresh inspo for you. Whether you have a 3-, 4- or 5-room HDB flat, here’s how it could look like based on real-life homes from previous Tampines BTO developments!
Ideas for 3-room flat layout
Suggested floor plan for a 3-room flat in Tampines GreenView (Source: HDB)
3-room flats in Tampines GreenView come in at a size of 69 square meters, which makes them slightly larger than the average size of 60 – 65 square meters stated on HDB’s information page.
That said, you might find that there's less usable room in the main living space as the household shelter is located there instead of the kitchen, just like in this cosy home at GreenRidges, a prior Tampines BTO development.
Interior Firm: Aestherior
If you intend to place your TV wall along the same stretch of space as the bomb shelter, consider building in an L-shaped display case as well. Not only will it allow you to flaunt your precious rarities to visiting guests, a fixture like this also turns what would have been an empty corner/wall into a design feature.
As for the master bedroom, if you would like some extra privacy between the bathroom and sleeping area, a storage shelf/barrier is one dual-purpose built-in that you can consider including in your renovation plans because it adds useful functionality without taking up too much precious square footage.
Ideas for 4-room flat layout
Suggested floor plan for a 4-room flat in Tampines GreenBloom (Source: HDB)
While the 4-room units at Tampines GreenBloom are certainly larger than 3-room homes (93 square meters VS 69 square meters), it’s clear from the floorplan above that space planning still matters – especially for the main living area – as the household shelter similarly poses a layout obstacle.
Interior Firm: Authors • Interior & Styling
In this 4-room flat located within GreenRidges, Authors Interior & Styling had a different approach of dealing with the extra bulk.
Instead of focusing on creating extra functionality, the team instead took the decorative route by dressing up the shelter’s exterior with wood strips and turning it into a mid-century inspired highlight.
Size aside, yet another key difference between 3-room and 4-room BTO flats is the wider bedroom/kitchen corridor that the latter have. Maximising this area is easy – all you need is a graceful dark wood dining set to create a cosy corner where friends and family can gather.
Ideas for 5-room flat layout
Suggested floor plan for a 5-room flat in Tampines GreenFlora (Source: HDB)
Barring 3-gen apartments, 5-room units are going to be the largest homes in any modern-day HDB development. In the case of Tampines GreenFlora, these spacious flats come in at a size of 113 square meters, which translates into plenty of room for creativity!
Interior Firm: Zenith Arc
Proving that, is none other than this spacious 5-room home at Tampines GreenRidges, which Zenith Arc perfectly designed for both work and relaxation.
Unique features in the layout include a privacy screen that’s also a fish tank and storage wall as well as a bedroom-turned-home-gym.
The ‘suggested study’ space that differentiates the living areas of 5-room homes from their 4-room counterparts is also put to good use here. New additions to the space include a back-lit display shelf as well as an overhead shelf cum study table combo, which effectively turns the back of the living room into a bona fide office.
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