'Compact' home hits the right note

'Compact' home hits the right note

A FAMILY that won the right to see how they would fare living in a new "compact" flat found that peace and harmony thrived in close quarters.

Dr Goh Kiah Mok, wife Janet Wing Tseu and their son Ryan moved into the furnished two-bedroom unit in the Fiorenza project after winning a contest run by developer Koh Brothers.

The family stayed free in the unit - its has 872 sq ft of indoor living area and about 500 sq ft of roof terrace - from June to December.

The aim was to gather feedback on how people live in modern compact spaces.

"When we first came here, we found that the communication was much better... in our current place, there are a few rooms and we tend to hide in our own corner," said Dr Goh, a 51-year-old research engineer at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

While the family eventually adjusted, the unit had seemed too small when they first moved in from their five-bedroom flat in Boon Keng.

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