Tuesday, October 02, 2012

No more pre-installed sanitary fittings in new flats

To provide homeowners with more flexibility in choosing units and fixtures suited to their tastes, HDB flats will no longer come with pre-installed sanitary fittings such as taps and wash basins.

But this means that owners will have to fork out up to S$4,300 if they desire to opt in for these fittings.

“With sanitary fittings included as an optional component, home buyers now have the flexibility to do their own interior design or renovation without disposing of the ones provided by HDB,” said a spokesperson for the housing board, adding that this new measure will reduce the cost for buyers.

Studies undertaken over the past two years show that 16 percent of new flat owners replace the sanitary fittings provided by the HDB.

Meanwhile, to give owners more choices in terms of design and layout, HDB is also piloting an open kitchen concept for its latest sales exercise – the 576-unit Teck Ghee Parkview (pictured). Units will be sold without a partition wall dividing the kitchen and living room.

This means that homeowners will have to pay an extra S$2,000 if they want the wall.

Adjacent to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Teck Ghee Parkview comprises of standard three-room flats with prices starting from S$249,000; while prices of four-room units and five-roomers start from S$398,000 and S$498,000 respectively.

“Such set-ups are aimed at younger couples who don’t do much oily cooking and HDB is making efforts to keep up-to-date with lifestyle trends,” said Lee Sze Teck, spokesman for Dennis Wee Group.

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