Whether is it due to HDB restrictions, or investment purposes or simply because one enjoys the amenities provided in a condominium, most new condo homeowners face a common problem-space constraints. With most executive condominium and executive condominium having an average size of 62sqm- 121sqm(including balcony area), there is limited space to work with. Not to mention the build-in carpentry for new condo (which will be costly to remove). Thus, the challenge for designing condo interiors has always been ergonomic space planning to physically and visually expand the working space available. Facing the same problem? Read on to get insider designer tips to solve them.
1. Leverage On Vertical Space
Most condominium and executive condominium (EC) have a higher ceiling height as compared to HDB flats. Thus, there is plenty of vertical space to tap on. When we think of vertical space, people commonly think of platform storage beds. However, there are several ways to maximise vertical space in condo interiors without making the place look bulky and claustrophobic. By leverage on vertical spaces, it creates less clutter without invading on floor space.
Interior Designer Tips:
- Customized Storage Settee – Aside from being an area which you can laze around with an afternoon cup of tea, it can also double as a space to declutter your living space
- Storage Floating Cabinet and top-hung cabinet – Floating storage cabinet or commonly known as top-hung cabinet could be great for condo owners with young children. It can function as storage space for items which should be out of reach of children while freeing up more floor space.
Photos adapted from: Seasons View | The Interior Lab
2. Use Mirrors Strategically
Mirrors are commonly used by interior designers to visually expand a space. However, given the small working space for condo interior in Singapore the strategic use of mirror is essential.
Mirror Feature Wall
With less than 45sqm of space left in the communal area, the interior designer have to find a way to include a dinning area and a communal space for the family of 4 to watch TV. Not to mention the toilet which is awkwardly close to the dinning area. To resolve this problem, our interior design did a bronze-tinted mirror feature wall to conceal the bathroom door. Besides adding on to the interior aesthetics of the home, it also serve as a full-length mirror for the home owners to check themselves before leaving their home. Great for OOTD too!
Photos Adapted from : TRE RESIDENCES| The Interior Lab
Mirror- Home Decor
Photos Adapted from : The Minton| The Interior Lab
Interior Designer Tips:
- Mirror is a versatile and multi-functional interior design tool. Don’t confine it to your vanity area. Aside from visually expanding space, it can be use to conceal doors. Locate it strategically and it can be part of you can double it as a full length mirror to check your OOTD before stepping out of your home.
- Get them tinted . Tinted mirror is one of trendy interior design and home decor tools. Tinted mirror usually comes in black, rose-gold and bronze. Get your interior designer’s opinion on which to opt for to suit your home general design theme.
- Not a fan of paintings , try using mirror as a statement piece. With mirrors that come in all shape and colours, you can find one that is functional or simply act as a focal point of the design.
3. Create Versatile Spaces
Create spaces that can serve multiple function is a great space-saving technique.
Photos Adapted from : The Palette| The Interior Lab
This simple lifting mechanism transforms the platform storage into a multi-functional space- area for afternoon tea, a guest room and a chit chat corner!
Interior Designer Tips:
- Create areas which are multi-functional – Dimension especially height matters.
- For example: Instead of opting for a bar counter which is slightly taller, opt for a breakfast nook with a wine rack so it is comfortable for both dinning and a drink with your friends.
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What to consider when renovating a condominium or an executive condominium?
Size of Condominium can range from 74sqm to 764sqm, both faces the same issue of space planning. Space planning is essential for interior but even more so in small condo interiors.
These are the few factors which one should consider:
- Proper space planning and ergonomic interior design
- Condo Management Rules and Regulation
– NO permanent fixtures on the balcony
– Design of the balcony should not look too different that it affects that exterior of the condo
Loft or no Loft (for high ceiling)
– By BCA rules and regulations, any loft or upper deck larger than 5sqm has to be approved by BCA
– However, in order for the upper and lower deck to be functional, it has to be customised for its activities.
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