There are a zillion tiny ways in which you can customise your kitchen. But the most elementary choice comes down to picking either a closed or open kitchen layout. The word is that the open concept kitchen HDB are ‘in’ at the moment. In fact, the housing board has already decreed that all new BTOs from 2018 will have open kitchens only. It suits the compact framework of typical HDBs in Singapore perfectly; so more and more homeowners are opting for open or semi open kitchens for HDBs.  

However, if you have brought an older HDB, it may not automatically come with an open kitchen. Hence, you have the option to open up an enclosed kitchen when you move in. Before you cross the bridge to make a firm decision, check out the pros of having an open concept kitchen for HDBs for yourself. 

And if you haven’t made up your mind, discover which is the best kitchen layout for you

Benefits of having an open kitchen

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A kitchen island adds storage and counter space

#1: It’s space saving and ideal for apartments with tiny living rooms.

#2: If you like to socialise then open kitchens are for you as it makes serving your guests easier.

#3: For parents with babies or growing kids, it’s easier to keep an eye on your kids while cooking

#4: You have easy access to your living room (including the television) and front door from an open kitchen.

#5: Conversations become easier between couples if the kitchen isn’t enclosed.

#6: In the hot and humid climate of Singapore, closed kitchens can feel like the inside of an over. An open kitchen is way cooler to cook in. 

What is a semi-open kitchen?

While opting for an open concept kitchens might seem idyllic after reading about its benefits, there is also a downside. Smoke and smells do spread quickly from an open kitchen. To correct this, the semi open kitchens for HDBs are also trending. 

A semi open kitchen is essentially partially closed. You can do this by installing sliding glass doors, putting in a serving window or having a tall partition. These measures stem the flow of odours and smoke to some extent while sticking with the open floor plan. 

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Sliding glass doors segregate the kitchen from the dining area

Also find out what is a kitchen island and why you need one

Things you can do with open and semi-open kitchens

While we have given you all the functional benefits of an open concept kitchen for HDBs, we  did save the best for the last. The best thing about open or semi open kitchens for HDBs is that they can be customised in so many different to address your requirements. Here are some ideas from Livspace homes. 

Open Concept Kitchen HDB #1: Glass partition

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Glass partition gives a neat look to this semi open kitchen

A glass partition here ensures that smells are contained to an extent in the kitchen. It also ensures that the layout is clean without consuming too much space. You can check out the rest of this clean and Scandinavian-inspired home here

Open Concept Kitchen HDB #2: Bar Unit

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A sleek mini bar unit serves as a partition

Fancy staying home and having a couple of drinks instead of dragging yourself to noisy parties? Get a mini bar unit installed in your open kitchen like one of our homeowners. The mini bar comes with a glass partition and serving window to turn this into a semi open kitchen for HDBs.

Take a visual tour of this minimal home in all-white here

Open Concept Kitchen HDB #3: Island + Dining Table

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Two tiers on the island provide more counter space

What if your kitchen counter could double up as a dining table too? In this compact HDB, the kitchen counter is integrated with a dining table. The island has two tiers to increase counter space; it also stocked with storage. If you like statement flooring, you should definitely take a look at the rest of this home here

Open Concept Kitchen HDB #4: Breakfast Counter

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A simple extension of the kitchen counter to serve one

If you do not want an elaborate setup for dining like above, the simpler choice is a basic breakfast counter like this one. The counter is an extension of the kitchen counter in plywood and also has a pelmet design to offer display space. This cafe-inspired vibrant HDB will give you some cool design goals, so check it out here

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