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Tampines GreenFoliage, Feb 2018

Kicking off this instagram with a series of three 4-room floor plans, all from a single project (rare!).

These are good specimens representing the 3 standard categories of 4R and 5R BTO floor plans over the last decade.

(1): Bomb shelter in living room / BS-LR.

Pros: some privacy if you place your sofa behind the BS. Usually allows open kitchen. Many owners surround the BS with built-ins for shoes, storage and display.

Cons: Forces your living hall into a small area with narrow entrance.

Variations: Depending on distance between the corner of the bomb shelter to the corner of the first bedroom, living room can either feel fine or extremely claustrophobic. Image above is pretty far apart (= pretty good).

(2): Bomb shelter in hallway / BS-HW.

Pros: Living and dining areas combined into a rectangular space.

Cons: Long, dark hallway. Usually does not allow open kitchen.

Variations: Depending on exact position of BS, may allow semi-open kitchen (like in this example), or separation into wet/dry kitchens.

(3): Bomb shelter in kitchen / BS-kit.

Pros: Open and spacious. Creates additional usable wall in living room.

Cons: Items stored in BS may smell of kitchen/oil.

Variations: Front door may be flush with BS (as in image) or receded to create a small entrance hall before entering the wider living. Positions of DB box may affect space for a larger built-in shoe cabinet.

Tampines GreenFoliage is the only BTO project I’ve seen with all 3 categories represented. Most commonly, HDB includes only 1 floor plan without variations. Sometimes they include 2 categories, either just to offer buyers more choice, or for the “more desirable” floor plan to compensate for a less desirable facing/proximity to chutes etc. (subjective!)

(4) Distribution in this project:

BS-LR: 37, 39, 45, 47, 51, 53, 63, 65, 85, 87

BS-HW: 11, 13, 15, 17, 23, 25, 31, 49, 67, 69, 79, 89

BS-kit: 71, 73

Over the lifespan of this account, you will see many variations on these themes, but also the rare maverick floor plan that fits into none of these categories. Stay tuned!

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