HDB pilots new open concept ‘white flats’ in October BTO exercise

A good example is Far East Organization’s Inessence brand of ultra-luxury houses, for example, Alba, Boulevard Vue and Skyline @ Orchard Blvd in the prime communities of Orchard Roadway. The “white plan” strategy enabled purchasers to personalise their units.

“It gives the design of the HDB flat to be tailor-maked and re-configured as household needs adjustment,” comments Eugene Lim, major executive officer at ERA Singapore.

For instance, four-room apartments today have 3 rooms. Young pairs without any young children yet might not require all three rooms currently. A white flat allows them to parting the room with home furniture or glass dividings. Later on, when they have kids, the space can be repurposed, and the bedrooms added, includes Lim.

According to the HDB, the non-provision of internal partition wall structures for such white condos will certainly be factored right into the prices. Buyers may choose into the new arrangement when they are invited to make a reservation for their level.

Christine Sun, chief analyst & strategist at OrangeTee Group, mentions that such “white scheme” ideas that give buyers the option to personalize the layout of their units were offered just in upscale private homes prior to.

He explains that those who intend to revamp their brand-new level can also see price reductions as they won’t need to dismantle partitions, unlike those buying the common HDB apartments.

“Public housing apartments that feature the white scheme can be a surprise for some prospective buyers”, says Sunlight.

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In contrast to occurring flats, these “white condos” will have contiguous living and bed rooms area without columns or dividers walls. The initial collection of such white flats are going to be made available at the Kallang-Whampoa BTO project, with 310 three- and four-room units.

HDB is going to pilot a brand-new open idea format in the October Built-To-Order (BTO) exercise, announced Desmond Lee, Minister of State Development, at a spiel on May 27.

Nonetheless, she adds in that the new format may have a possible downside when selling the unit in the future as it may appeal to a smaller pool of investors.

Regardless of this, Sun anticipates that any potential cost variation would certainly not be considerable as the design of non-structural wall structures is more economical.

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