This 4-room flat's kitchen costs $68,000

This 4-room flat's kitchen costs $68,000

She spent almost $68,000 on her kitchen - that is more than two-thirds of her $100,000 renovation bill.

The lavish kitchen is part of a massive overhaul of her four-room HDB flat in Pasir Ris.

Says Miss Wendy Chng, 41, director of sales at a logistics company: "I just want my home to look good, especially because I didn't have a say in what my house looked like when I was living with my parents."

The kitchen was an important element in her home and she spared no expense to make sure the look came out absolutely right.

"Money is not an issue, so I don't mind paying for quality," she says.

Among the pricey elements in there? A state of the art induction hob, oven and steamer from K├╝ppersbusch and a fridge from Liebherr, which alone put her back about $40,000.

New to the world of appliances, she sought advice from Kitchen Culture, a high-end appliances specialist in Bukit Merah.

Kitchen Culture CEO Lim Wee Li tells us that Singaporeans are spending more on their kitchens as they have "developed specific tastes and are passionate about cooking".

"They want only the best quality appliances - ones that can be easily customised to the family's needs," says Mr Lim.

In Miss Chng's case, she chose the appliances for their looks.

"They fit with the black and white aesthetic of the house," says Miss Chng, who is single and a first-time property owner.

The appliances also encourage a healthier lifestyle for her.

She says: "I have an oven and a steamer so I won't be tempted to fry food all the time. Usually, I just steam it as it's better for me."

Yet, the frequent traveller admits that she hardly gets to use the kitchen and her busy schedule means she cooks instant noodles more often than gourmet meals.

But the lovely kitchen comes in useful for the occasional steamboat sessions that happen when her friends visit.

She says that she wanted to have a large work space which is afforded by her kitchen island.

"So I can eat while I work," she adds.

She doesn't regret spending a single cent of the huge amount and doesn't think of it as an extravagance.

"I travel very often, so I want to come back to my home and feel like I'm in a hotel room."

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