Making the most of space in small units

Making the most of space in small units
Above photo is a Trilight unit's master bathroom, by locating the vanity over the bay window to save space, one can shower, shave and bathe while looking out.

Apartments and houses may be getting smaller in size these days but homeowners don't have to let this cramp their style, not if they know how to take advantage of the hidden spaces in their homes.

Call it one of the marks of being a global city: With the increase in density comes an increasing premium on space.

One result of this is that homes are getting smaller as well.

If the size of today's shoebox apartments and landed properties is any indication, one thing is clear: Small is in.

The shrinking size of homes has also seen a corresponding change in consumer tastes.

Split-level condominium units, once a popular housing trend, are a rare breed in today's local residential market with homeowners preferring large open spaces, says interior design consultant Eugene Ooi of Vantage Design.

As a result, more Singaporeans are opting for design concepts such as open plan kitchens, which entail removing the walls separating the kitchen from the living and dining rooms to create the effect of a fluid seamless space.

Living in a compact space has also made more homeowners aware of the need for space efficiency - as well as smarter space-saving solutions.

Storage space in particular, notes Jerlyn Poh of JP Concept, is a challenge for many living in compact apartment units due to the space constraints that they face.

"Clients want their compact units to look spacious while retaining their practicality and functionality."

As it turns out, one of the keys to this lies not in buying more storage accessories but in making full use of the space in the unit.

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