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9 Exciting Layout Ideas for New Shophouse-Condo 1953

If you’ve always wanted to live in a shophouse, now you can at freehold mixed-use development 1953. This upcoming 6-storey development in Balestier includes a 58-unit condo and commercial entities. Part of it will comprise the original art deco style shophouses at the site, refurbished and converted to individual apartments (dubbed heritage units), as well as a new section of modern apartments and penthouses built for the modern family. Here are a few layout ideas to get you excited for this development that will set the hearts of heritage buffs aflutter:


Modern and Penthouse Units

1-Bedroom + Study Type MAS3 (614 sqft)

This layout features a long stretch of wall, perfect for combining your living room and study together. In this design idea, floor-to-ceiling open shelves and TV console were joined in a custom-built so as not to waste an inch of space. One of the shelves serves as the study table.

Design: AD. I. WRKS


3-Bedroom Type MC2 (893 sqft)

The master bedroom in this 3-bedroom layout is large enough to fit in a walk-in wardrobe so you won’t have to sacrifice another room to get your dream closet. Incorporate a dressing table within to make morning rituals more pleasant.

Design: Good View Interiors


3-Bedroom + Study Type MCS2 (969 sqft)

If you’d rather not have an open kitchen, using glass panels is a good alternative to keeping your space still feeling open without bringing the smells and grease from your cooking into the rest of the home. Have the kitchen shelves also made of glass so that they will be less visually obtrusive.

Design: 19EightyThree


3-Bedroom + Family Area Type MCF2-PH (1,238 sqft)

The penthouse units feature two storeys, where most of the bedrooms are located on the upper floor with the master bedroom and the rest of the communal spaces located below. Consider combining the dining area with the living room if you’re going for this particular penthouse layout, by extending the TV console all the way to the dining zone to double as a dining bench. Not only does this give more seating room, it also creates more storage space.

Design: Jialux Interior

For music aficionados, the family area in the upper storey of this penthouse layout can be converted into a dedicated space for enjoying music, complete with the latest audio systems and a comfy armchair.

Design: Museum Homes


5-Bedroom + Study Type MES2-PH (1,658 sqft)

This penthouse layout is one of the largest units, with a total of five bedrooms. There’s an awkward corner by the dining area, which you can totally work it in your favour by creating custom storage that curves out the sharp edges. Make the most of the space with a round dining table.

Design: Icon Interior Design

Upstairs, the study area is a pretty narrow space. Go with a wall-hung study table that comes with open shelves for your books and knick-knacks to minimise footprint.

Design: Jialux Interior


Heritage (Shophouse) Units

3-Bedroom Type HC3 (1,152 sqft)

The upside of living in a shophouse style unit? Total bragging rights. The downside, several odd corners to work around with. Thankfully, there are lots of ideas out there. Here’s one way to tackle a slanted wall. Create a platform to ease the awkward angle. Here, it serves as a cosy reading corner in the walk-in wardrobe.

Design: DistinctIdentity


2-Bedroom + Study Type HBS1 (614 sqft)

In a small space like this, you need to be smart about zoning. A study can be eke out by creating an L-shaped kitchen and a custom bench against the wall. Use the space as your home office or your breakfast table. When it comes to food prep, you will be glad for the extra countertop space.

Design: DistinctIdentity



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