5-room BTOs with Unconventional Open Floor Plans
These 5-room BTO flats, thanks to their extra square footage and lack of walls, went with an unconventional open floor plan for their space.
1. There’s nothing that looks like a BTO in this apartment. Internal walls were completely hacked away and new dividers were built to create spaces that better catered to the needs of the homeowners, both of whom designed their own space with the help of their architecture background.
The master bedroom was extended to accommodate a walk-in closet and the vanity sink. The sink was placed outside so as to house a bathtub in the master en suite. The two common bedrooms were joined as one to create a guest room with stow-away beds that can be kept when not in use. There’s even an indoor garden with a raised wood deck, spanning the window areas of the two bedrooms.
The rest of the space is kept open, with plenty of greenery and basic materials like wood and cement screed for a calming, fuss-free look.
Design: Nitton Architects
2. Being designers themselves, the homeowners decided to engage a contractor to do up their home instead of hiring an interior designer. While the DIY process wasn’t easy, the results were certainly rewarding. The home is married both their tastes and it’s a picture of sophistication with classic well-made Danish furniture in the midst of a calming, neutral palette.
As frequent hosts, the couple decided to create an open layout, allowing them to have larger groups over. The kitchen is designed into wet and dry areas, so that cooking fumes can be contained while still giving a space for the homeowners to mingle with their guests over food.
In the living room, a gypsum wall is built in the middle of the windows to accommodate the TV wall. This is a change-up from conventional living room arrangements and it was done so that the focal point of the room could be shifted to the living room.
One of the walls to the home office was knocked down and replaced by black-framed glass panels. A curtain was put up for privacy when needed. Otherwise, the study is filled with plenty of daylight, conducive for working from home.
Design: Amoz Boon
Location: Choa Chu Kang
3. This 5-room BTO flat in Tampines is a bright and open wall-less space, with a single continuous sculptural piece that ties the different elements of the home together. It is a wardrobe, storage, headboard, study table, living room console, extra seats for guests and reading corner all at once.
All the walls were hacked away, inviting plenty of light and ventilation throughout the space. The lack of concrete barriers also allow the homeowners’ feline companions to roam about the flat freely. The platform was also cleverly designed to meet the height of the BTO windows, so that one could better take in the views outside the windows.
In stark contrast with the white and wood palette in the rest of the home, the kitchen features a cool, all-black scheme. Deliberately done for a striking visual juxtaposition, the kitchen can be concealed behind sliding glass doors.
4. The living room in this 5-room BTO flat is shifted into one of the common bedrooms. The original living space is instead turned into a large artist studio, for the homeowner who is a painter. Encasing the area with black-framed glass panels lend a loft-style vibe to the space, but it’s also a practical way to invite light to flow freely throughout the home.
What we liked most about this apartment are the large hexagon slab floor tiles, which function as an alternative to cement screed. It gives the industrial, bare-bones vibe the designer was going for, without having to turn to cement screed which can be a pain to install and upkeep.
The dining area is joined together with the kitchen island, defined by blue herringbone patterned tiles. It provides a visual juxtaposition with the rustic wood laminates used in the cooking space as well as the rest of the home.
Design: Three-D Conceptwerke
Location: Ang Mo Kio
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