While most new launches that you’ll see today have pretty regularly shaped and efficient layouts (these are naturally easier to sell), some are truly quite the oddball.
If you’ve been shopping around in the resale market too, you might have come across even more awkwardly shaped units. Everything else seems great on paper, it’s close to the MRT, freehold , and has the interior space that you need. But, it has bay windows and a really odd-shaped room – it’s a real head-scratcher of a decision!
As such, I’ve compiled some of these quirks and oddities found in local apartments of various shapes and sizes and smart solutions to work around them. You may even be surprised at how these can be made use of and accentuated into a cool design feature in your home instead.
Prior to October 2018, bay windows and planter boxes (which often make up around 5 per cent of a condo’s saleable area) had been exempted from GFA calculations. To say this was a exploitation was an understatement, as it allowed developers to charge buyers for these areas while reducing the average PSF cost of the development as these areas were not taxed.
As you can imagine with such a ‘loophole’, the addition of bay windows and planter boxes exploded, and developers were indiscriminately placing these features even in inconceivable places. Especially when bedrooms were already getting smaller, having bay windows sometimes just made it worse.
Today, I would say opinions on the utility of bay windows tend to be one of a nuisance more than anything. Most would deem bay windows difficult to work with and a waste of precious floor space. Others wish to bask in romanticised living. While there is some truth to the concerns, they need not be so and can instead become a defining feature of your home. With some creative thinking, they can provide a cosy setup to even the most compact of units.
Here are a few workarounds that could work for you: