Open-concept kitchen layouts are getting more popular!

When operations supervisor Chuah Teck Leong, 25, and his wife, administrative assistant Sim Yi Ning, 23, were looking for interior design inspirations last year, they fell in love with the spacious look of open-concept kitchens.

Open kitchens are not enclosed by walls, unlike traditional kitchens, and often seamlessly extend into the living or dining room. No surprise then that the couple chose to go sans kitchen partition wall when designing their new four-room Build- To-Order (BTO) HDB flat in Sembawang last July.

According to the Housing and Development Board, six in 10 new homeowners are now choosing to go with an open-kitchen layout, which is part of the HDB's Optional Component Scheme. The slate of options covers flooring, doors and sanitary fittings too. HDB has been offering the open-kitchen option for select BTO projects since September 2013, after its 2012 pilot project at Teck Ghee Parkview saw a 70 per cent take-up rate for the open-kitchen layout.