According to a report by The Straits Times, new HDB flats will now come with open kitchens, starting with this month’s Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise. This means that the wall dividing a kitchen from the rest of a flat’s living space will no longer be offered under the Optional Component Scheme, where buyers pay for additional features such as floor finishes, sanitary fittings and room doors.
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Even though the wall option will no longer be available, HDB said the provision of open kitchens “offers home buyers greater choice and flexibility in how they want to use and design the space, and lay out their furniture to better suit their lifestyle needs”.
“It also saves them the hassle and cost of hacking the partition walls to create an open kitchen layout. Flat buyers can also choose to use cupboards and shelving creatively to define the kitchen and dining/living room area if they wish,” HDB added.
Here are seven design ideas and must-know tips when planning your open-concept kitchen: