One of the common problems of living in a Singapore Home is thinking that you can’t get enough space in your standard size HDB home. Although HDB flats in Singapore have various designs, taking a few small steps in picking your furniture and interior design can make a huge difference to your living quarters.
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Small Space Living
This image from Better Homes & Gardens is one of my favorite small rooms. Not only do I love how this room looks, I love how it functions. It has so many solutions for small spaces.
- The furniture has small or tight arms.
- The round ottoman allows an easy flowing traffic pattern in and out of the conversation area.
- The tray on top of the ottoman doubles the use as a functional coffee table.
- The nesting tables are slender and of course can be separated to offer another table to a guest.
- The tall vertical bookshelves offer a lot of storage in a small room.
There are many spaces that you can utilize and make space for your household items, you probably don’t need a bigger house, but putting some thoughts in choosing the right furnishings and storage shelves for your home.
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More With Less
The need to do more with less space has sparked a boom in house designs that are as playful and witty as they are livable. One of Japan’s leading designers of kyosho jutaku, or ultra-small homes, is Tokyo architect Yasuhiro Yamashita.
“If you tried to build a normal house on a super-small plot of land, it would end up being really cramped. So in order to make the house as roomy as possible, we have to think up new structures and assembly,” Yamashita says.
Ultra-small homes conserve space by dumping conventional elements like entranceways, hallways, inner walls and closets.
Windows, in a variety of shapes and sizes, are scattered across a wall, or concealed near the base. A bathroom is separated by just a curtain. Furniture can be folded into the wall, allowing a single room to serve multiple purposes.
Designers indulge in fantasy, like asymmetrical walls, cantilevered floors, or cover their houses in a translucent skin, in order to exploit all available natural light.
Yamashita built a long, skinny, cathedral-like futuristic home on a sliver of land just 40-feet wide, and named it “Lucky Drops.”
Courtesy of Makoto YoshidaInterior of “Cell Brick” micro-home. Built-in steel boxes are a whimsical yet practical answer to limited space, providing storage and, in the architect’s words, “eliminating monotony” on the inside.
“‘Lucky Drops’ was built on an extremely long and narrow space. So light could enter only from the ceiling,” Yamashita says, speaking in Japanese. “All the light comes in from the top. So the whole house becomes like a Japanese paper lantern.”
The boom in quirky small homes was fueled by new design and materials technology, which have slashed the price of a custom-built home by as much as two-thirds, making these homes affordable for singles and middle-class couples.
Minoru and Aki Ota, a couple in their 30s, reside in a home that sits on fewer than 500 square feet. The walls, floors and even the kitchen table are made entirely of precast concrete.
“We weren’t interested in a big house in the suburbs. We were happy to have a comfy place downtown. It’s not that we wanted to live in a micro-house, but it’s turned out to be plenty of room for two and convenient,” Minoru Ota says.
The home features narrow windows at ground level, strategically placed to reveal bits of scenery, and flood the house with light.
Bottom Line: Rather then having a big house and having it empty, having a small but fully utilized interior can make your home look neat and also inviting for your guests.