New 2-room flats to offer flexible design

New 2-room flats to offer flexible design

SINGAPORE - Living room too small? Knock down a wall and combine it with the bedroom.

This is one of the design elements the Housing Board plans to include in its newest two-room flats. This will give buyers, such as eligible singles and low-income households, flexibility in the use of its 36 sq m of space.

This was revealed in its response to The Straits Times' queries regarding last month's tender calling for contractors to build a mock-up for a new flat type at its research centre in Woodlands.

"In designing new two-room flats, we aim to achieve a layout that will not only improve the ease of construction, but also provide flat owners with greater flexibility in the use of internal space," a spokesman said.

"For example, designing the bedroom and living room to be contiguous so that if required, the two spaces can be combined."

The size of the new flats, however, has raised concerns.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan noted that these smaller flats would allow singles, who can also opt for the typical two-roomer - which is 45 sq m and cost about $100,000 - more choices to fit their needs and budget.

But SLP International's head of research Nicholas Mak, who estimates that new units will start from $80,000, believes singles might be turned off by the lack of space. He pointed out that they are smaller than private shoebox units, which are less than 50 sq m.

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