In Singapore, all new BTOs are being built with open-concept kitchen layout and why not! It remarkably improves the performance of typically compact HDB kitchens. But let’s take a closer look at our favourite HDB kitchen renovation stories, you will soon see that some other trends start to appear. Many HDB owners chose to keep the existing galley kitchen layouts and all of them wanted our modular storage, maintenance and workflow solutions installed. Read on to learn more about these modern design concepts.

Parallel/Galley HDB Kitchen Renovation Tales

#1: Old HDB Kitchen Design for Prem and Tracy

This 30-year-old HDB kitchen has a parallel layout aided by a small comfortable work triangle. A lot of plumbing work went into this renovation to suit the kitchen workflow of Prem and Tracy, who host guests frequently. Livspace Designer Pallavi Bhagwat understood their needs and included clever supplementary units that could ease the workload in the kitchen. For instance, she installed a double layered drying tray above the sink to enable quick and easy washing of utensils. Not to forget, the beautiful floor tiles and a completely seamless chimney over the hob add to the ultimate aesthetics delivery of this HDB kitchen renovation!

A monochrome parallel kitchen with super-easy maintenance solutions

#2: 4-Room HDB Kitchen Design for Yin and Liu

Liu loves to cook and she needed a storage-compliant HDB kitchen renovation that could accommodate all her appliances without crowding the workstation. An ample amount of natural light beams into this kitchen and the white laminate and tiles reflect it even more. The handleless cabinetry allows Liu to move freely in the kitchen and keep her workflow flow uninterrupted. A tall unit houses all her appliances in the dry zone of the kitchen and the large preparation counter helps her set up quickly for immediate guests or meals. 

Read more about Liu’s kitchen that our designer Alan customised for her workflow.

Liu’s storage compliant HDB kitchen renovation is meant for people who love cooking

#3: Resale HDB Kitchen Design for Roslyn

Roslyn wanted an open concept kitchen that could allow her to chat with her family while she worked in there. So our designer Weigen Pan designed this open layout kitchen with an attached breakfast counter. The colour scheme from the living room effortlessly translates into the kitchen because of the KompacPlus countertop that also matches the backsplash wooden laminate. The white laminates for the cabinets are also a part of the same scheme. This HDB kitchen renovation also has an efficient and comfortable work triangle for Roslyn who wished to remain in sight from the living and dining rooms all the time. 

Read more about Roslyn’s warm parallel kitchen with open layout.

A warm kitchen with KompacPlus worktop that looks like wood

#4: HDB Kitchen Renovation for Shankie and Debbie

Livspace designer Johan Ng delivered a bright and colourful eclectic kitchen for this young couple. The reason for the royal blue cabinets in this kitchen is quite straightforward; the couple love this colour and wanted it throughout the house. The yellow backsplash, however, was a pleasant surprise for Shankie and Debbie. The cabinets are finished in EDL’s Fenix laminate that are fingerprint-resistant and antibacterial. Similarly, there are many health benefits associated with these nanotechnology laminates as well. 

Read more about this couple’s HDB kitchen renovation here.

An eclectic kitchen with EDL’s Fenix laminate with antibacterial properties

Spacious U-Shaped HDB Kitchens  

#1: Yvonne Yeo’s HDB Kitchen Renovation

Yvonne’s grey kitchen is designed by Wanting Liu, who understood that her flat had less storage space and would do better with a U-shaped HDB kitchen renovation. Such kitchens offer an increased worktop area and under-cabinet storage. Also keeping in mind Yvonne’s love for bright and airy spaces, Wanting installed LED cove lights under her upper cabinets. The segregation of hot, wet and dry areas in the kitchen is the result of Yvonne’s request for a smooth workflow in the kitchen. 

Learn more about these textured laminates that imitate marble in this grey kitchen.

A grey kitchen with marble backsplash and a hidden storage unit

#2: 5-Room HDB Kitchen Design for Mr Mohandas

Mr Mohandas wanted an open kitchen design that not only would help him socialise while in the kitchen, but also keep the fumes from spreading across the house. Hence, our designer Ankita Gupta planned this amazing semi-open layout for the kitchen. As you can see, it is a fully-equipped HDB kitchen renovation with the latest accessories and appliances as Mr Mohandas loves cooking.

A semi-open black and white kitchen with ample storage

L-Shaped Compact Kitchen Designs

#1: HDB Kitchen Renovation for Alvin and Jeehui

Our designer Winny advised Alvin and Jeehui to keep an open floor plan for this 4-room HDB flat to make it seem bigger. The pastel cabinets in the kitchen match the furnishings in the living and dining room, and the golden brass handles give this kitchen a luxe look. Finally, the glass backsplash is easy to clean and reflects natural light in the room. 

Find out more about this L-shaped open kitchen here

A pastel colour HDB kitchen renovation for Alvin and Jeehui

#2: HDB Kitchen Design for Aziz and Juanda

Designer Syafiq Azmad made this contemporary storage-compliant kitchen with tall upper cabinets that incorporate lofts and make the ceiling seem higher at the same time. Warm task lighting under the cabinets accentuates the Peranakan Moroccan backsplash tiles. There is an extravagant tall unit with ample storage space and appliances. It is attached to an inviting breakfast island with white stone countertop.

Find out more on this HDB kitchen renovation here.

A contemporary kitchen with seamless cabinetry and Peranakan Moroccan backsplash tiles

One-Wall HDB Kitchen Renovation 

#1: One-Wall Kitchen with Island for Kader and Mallika

Kader S, a Livspace interior designer, renovated his kitchen blending the rustic and bling elements together. His choice of materials is compatible with the heavy-duty cooking that takes place in the house. For instance, the black and gold countertop and backsplash are easy to maintain and recite the same colour scheme of the house. The rustic looking laminate-finished cabinets have golden brass knobs to facilitate opening and closing. Evidently, the kitchen cabinet designs are goals for every Singaporean who wants to add a stylish touch to their kitchen.

See more of this rich and classy kitchen design here.

Open-concept kitchen with an island by Livspace designer Kader

#2: A Classic Case of Compact HDB Kitchen 

Many resale HDBs have closed one-wall kitchen layout and hacking this design is not always feasible or in this case favourable to Wei and Dionne. A white sliding-door separates their kitchen from the dining room and keeps the cooking grease and odours inside. The pastel blue and white oak laminates keep the kitchen bright and warm. The light colour scheme of the kitchen helps making it appear larger than it is. There is a careful layered lighting done in this HDB kitchen renovation — the typical flush mount ambient lights and the undercabinet task light. And the most interesting element of their kitchen — white 3D backsplash tiles!

Read more about their budget HDB renovation here.

Soft pastel laminates with task lighting for closed one-wall HDB kitchen renovation

We hope you enjoyed our HDB kitchen renovations that we absolutely love. You can even learn about kitchen designing and materials in detail from us. 

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