Ever wondered how the layout of HDB 4 room flats has changed over time? We have created a timeline for you to show you the changes in floor plan design from era to era.
In 1927, Singapore Improvement Trust set up to focus on infrastructure and small scale public housing.
They also built some of the first hospitals in Southeast Asia which helped to improve health for locals as well as foreigners living there at that time.
The world would not be what it is today without all the advancements made by people like those who were involved with Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT).
The SIT was founded in 1927 an focused on building bridges, roads, ports among other infrastructural needs.
It also became a pioneer when they created small-scale affordable homes within their neighborhood developments called “townships.”
These innovations gave birth to one of our most iconic architectural constructs: Housing and Development Board flats or HDBs across this island nation we call home.
HDB was founded in February 1960, shortly after People Action Party won national elections of 1959.
In the 1950s and 1960, HDB continued its construction of some SIT estates like Queenstown, Kallang Airport, St. Michael Kampong Tiong Bahru in order to meet Singapore’s housing needs as well as launch new estates such as Bukit Ho Swee Brickworks Alexandra Hill Redhill Henderson Bendemeer Boon Keng and Tanjong Rhu Upper Changi Road aka Chai Chee MacPherson Homes
In the 1960s, HDBs were starting to be built and this was when our beloved concave-roofed blocks started to come into existence.
These flats allowed more space for families because they came with four rooms instead of two in traditional shop-houses.
The 1970s saw a shift in design from the concave-roofed blocks to those with pitched roofs. This is how they typically looked like: A typical HDB flat layout might look something like this (click for full size):
This was also when we started adding more rooms, usually an extra bedroom on top of three and four room flats.
However, it’s important to note that there are many different types of layouts depending on where they were built but these two examples should give you the general idea!
The 1980s saw a change in the typical layout of HDB flats with more room to move about.
This was because we started building two-room flats as well and this is what they typically looked like:
While there are both three-room and four-room configurations, it’s also interesting that some buildings have different rates for rental based on configuration
The 1990s saw the addition of even more room with five-room flats which is what they typically looked like:
This was because we started building two-room and three-room configurations. And this is how they typically looked like (click here for full size):
The 1990s introduced a new type of flat design: the English basement as well as three room flats on stilts, both with and without private storage (click for full size):
Up until now we have seen that there are many different types to choose from within each era but this is just one more example!
Now that we have seen just how much the layout of HDB flats has changed over time, let’s take a look at some random floor plans from 2000s!
This is what they typically looked like (click for full size):
The 2010s saw another change in design with three-room units plus an extra room on top or downstairs:
We also started building four-room flats but this type isn’t as common due to its cost compared to other types of housing which you can read more about here. And this is how they typically looked like (click for full size):
one thing changed drastically – as opposed to building only three or four room configurations, builders could now build up to five rooms per unit which meant greater flexibility for families look-in.
The 2020s are the future of what we can look forward to with new inventions in architecture, design as well as technology!
One thing’s for sure though: no matter how they change there will always be a place for these iconic constructions that have been with us since the start of Singapore’s development from an island into one single nation. And this is how they typically looked like (click for full size):
HDB 4 room flat floor plan renovation is a big project and can be daunting to do on your own. If you’re considering doing this work yourself, but don’t have the time or skills required for such an undertaking, we recommend hiring professional help.
We offer consultations that will provide you with all of the information needed in order to get started and make informed decisions about what type of renovations are best suited for your specific situation.
Our team at Divas Interior Design Services has been helping homeowners renovate their homes. So we know how it feels when people say “I want my dream home!” You deserve a beautiful living space that reflects who you are as well as being functional and comfortable.