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4 Design Advantages of Resale Flats over BTOs

Every young Singaporean adult probably has come across the dilemma: to purchase a BTO or resale flat? A BTO and resale flat each has their own set of benefits and appeal to the different types of people. Today, we will be evaluating the design aspects of both types of homes and what you can achieve with them. Ignoring cost, our designers are breaking down the design aspects of what you can or cannot achieve with a resale flat over a BTO.

1. Larger Spaces

Homes such as executive apartments and maisonettes have long been discontinued. While everyone knows this is done to maximise the number of homes for future developments, no one can deny the appeal of a larger home, especially in space-starved Singapore. Purchasing a resale home opens up options of a larger home as opposed to BTOs.

2. Options to enlarge your rooms via hacking

Hacking your household shelter is illegal, since its reinforced structure is meant to keep you safe in times of war. However, for resale/older homes, you can actually hack the walls of your store room to enlarge the space!

3. Unique layouts

Browse through brochures for BTO estates, and you’ll realise that BTO flats these days all sport a similar layout – a largely rectangular-shaped space, with bedrooms clustered on one end, and a household shelter situated by the entrance, corridor, or kitchen.

Source: StackedHomes

4. Possible excess areas outside your home

Some of the older (and hence resale) HDB flats come with a decent amount of space in front of their unit. It is up to the homeowners on how to make use of it. We recommend using the space as a mini-porch or planter area, it technically is a communal area that doesn’t belong to them exclusively. So far, most homeowners have used them as a simple means to expand their living room, or to turn it into a extension of their home entrance.


At Dreamakers Interior we believe that every space has the potential to become unique, harmonial and beautiful. We are proud of what we do and are prepared to work overtime to guarantee that you are satisfied with the way your space looks. From full-scale projects to small renovations, we invite you to take a look at our gallery and see what we have done. Below are some of our favorite projects. If you need professional help for design conceptualization or space planning, let us know.

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