Home Tours: A Glamorous 4-Room Flat in Tampines

Before embarking on your renovation journey, it’s best to first think about the look of the bathroom, space utilisation and potential additions to the space.

Some new HDB flats built using the Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) method come with full floor finishes and built-in sanitary fittings (wash basins, shower sets), while some flats will only provide these under the Optional Component Scheme (OCS).

Familiarise Yourself With the Renovation Guidelines

Have a major makeover in mind? Do familiarise yourself with the HDB renovation guidelines to prevent potential hiccups. For instance, did you know that homeowners of new HDB flats aren’t allowed to remove the wall and floor finishes in bathroom for a period of three years? Instead of hacking away the original tiles, you can overlay them with tiles of your choice.

List Down the Essentials

The next step is to determine the kind of works you need done – whether  you choose to DIY  or are getting professional help. Some contractors offer bathroom packages, which may reap savings if the works are extensive.

1. Water Heater

First up, determine the type of water heater you want for a comfortable shower (and in some cases, a safe bath temperature for the little ones. There are many different appliances available on the market, ranging from instant heaters to those with a built-in tank that can be chosen to fit your budget, size of the household and shower habits. There’re also smart, energy-efficient water heaters that are remotely operated and notify you when the heated water is ready.

It’s also recommended to have your water heater installed with any major renovation works, to ensure that it fits nicely within the bathroom.

2. Bidet

A bidet spray beside the water closet (WC) unit comes in especially handy for bathroom cleaning or when you’re looking to give doggo a shower. You may also wish to add an automated WC bidet, for a more luxe experience.

3. Shower Dividers

Depending on your bathroom layout, a shower divider can help keep some areas of the bathroom dry. You can choose from a simple rail to run a shower curtain, or a more sophisticated option such as glass screens.

Glass screens are a great way to segment your bathroom, keeping much of it “dry” and clean. Customised storage units, along with mirrors, can help hide the clutter.

4. Mirrors and Storage

While some homeowners prefer maximising the bathroom space, some prefer to not have mirrors and too much storage in bathrooms, keeping to a minimalist style.  Consider having just a few simple racks to place your toiletries and hang a dry towel for your shower.

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  • Nicholas Yau

    Photography and design geek who loves reading about smart home products, and usually ends up buying most of them. In his free time, he’s lifting his best life at the gym.

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