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Rethink Your Space With These 7 Unique Home Layouts

October 24, 2017
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(This article was last updated on 28 Apr 2022.)

Your home, your way.

Who says you have to stick to the cookie-cutter floor plan provided? It’s your house – create your own rules! After all, it’s you who knows your needs best.

These seven houses show us how it’s done with interesting layouts that make you think about reorienting your space.


1. Create your own hallway for added privacy

Opting for an eclectic style with quirky flourishes and unexpected pairings, this 5-room resale HDB flat’s demarcation of spaces is a refreshing change. Part of the original living/dining area was sectioned off by foldable wooden doors, creating a hallway between communal spaces and bedrooms for extra privacy. We also love how the curved balcony has been transformed into a cosy reading nook with a view!

Toa Payoh Lorong 2 by Artspaze
Toa Payoh Lorong 2 by Artspaze
Toa Payoh Lorong 2 by Artspaze
Toa Payoh Lorong 2 by Artspaze

Interior Firm: Artspaze


2. Combine rooms to create two sets of elongated spaces (communal and private)

Transforming the layout of this pastel-themed 3-room resale flat, the living room and kitchen were combined to form the first of two seamless spaces. The second comprises the master and adjoining junior bedroom that has been converted into a boutique-style walk-in wardrobe – complete with a floor-to-ceiling mirror and ottoman. Every girl's dream come true? We think yes.

Lorong 1 Toa Payoh by Free Space Intent
Lorong 1 Toa Payoh by Free Space Intent
Lorong 1 Toa Payoh by Free Space Intent
Lorong 1 Toa Payoh by Free Space Intent
Lorong 1 Toa Payoh by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent


3. Replace walls with panelled doors for flexibility of space

Panelled doors are a great way to lend flexibility to your interior, affording privacy when needed, and keeping the space truly open at all other times. The counter sliding window in this 3-room resale HDB flat demarcates the bedroom and living area is also a much welcomed touch, allowing one to see the entire length of the apartment when opened.

Clementi Avenue 3 by Zenith Arc
Clementi Avenue 3 by Zenith Arc
Clementi Avenue 3 by Zenith Arc
Clementi Avenue 3 by Zenith Arc

Interior Firm: Zenith Arc


4. Extend your living area into the balcony

If you’re fortunate enough to have a large balcony, you definitely shouldn’t let it go to waste. Take notes from this DBSS at Boon Keng, whose owners extended the living area into the balcony for an indoor-outdoor space with a view. Here, the living room’s marble tiles continue past the foldable glass doors for a seamless transition into the balcony. Deck flooring and a full sofa and coffee table setup are then added to create the perfect spot for relaxation and unwinding.

Cityview by Space Atelier
Cityview by Space Atelier
Cityview by Space Atelier

Interior Firm: Space Atelier


5. Expand your living area by merging it with a junior bedroom

Alternatively (particularly if you don’t have a balcony), consider merging a junior bedroom with the living/dining area for an uber spacious communal space. Materials and colours in this BTO at Kallang were also carefully chosen to amplify the bright and airy effect. Subdued wooden hues, polished white surfaces and clean lines give a timeless and cosy vibe, while reflective surfaces brighten up the area.

Jalan Tenteram (Block 117B) by ELPIS Interior Design
Jalan Tenteram (Block 117B) by ELPIS Interior Design
Jalan Tenteram (Block 117B) by ELPIS Interior Design

Interior Firm: ELPIS Interior Design


6. Use irregularly shaped corners to your advantage

Grandeur is the name of the game with a dramatic full-length bow window that adds a regal touch. The more narrow, linear layout and a challenge of a triangular kitchen seemed to work to this resale condo’s advantage in the end, where the interior designers worked around it to maximise space and functionality, creating a long, vast openness.

Parc Oasis by Schemacraft
Parc Oasis by Schemacraft
Parc Oasis by Schemacraft

Interior Firm: Schemacraft


7. Transform your HDB into a luxurious ‘penthouse’ with an open plan layout fitted with polished surfaces

One step into this 4-room resale HDB flat and you’ll feel transported into a luxurious penthouse in the Hamptons. Polished surfaces are paired with heavy curtains and plush furniture. Walls between the kitchen, living and dining rooms have also been hacked to give the space a cohesive and expansive feel.

Bedok Reservoir Road by Jubilee Interior
Bedok Reservoir Road by Jubilee Interior
Bedok Reservoir Road by Jubilee Interior

Interior Firm: Jubilee Interior


Time to rethink your space!

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