Although this is a new concept, it continues to gain traction within Singapore real estate. What it basically refers to would be an apartment that also has yet another apartment placed inside it. These “dual key units” have various types, but the most common one would be a situation where a studio is combined with a three-bedroom unit. If you are considering one of these layouts, you need to ensure that the studio apartment shares the same amenities that the larger apartment has.
Considering that Singapore residents are one of the largest employers of domestic workers, many of their apartment layouts will want a layout where their live-in help is supported. These “maid rooms” are usually found in private condos, but they also are common in smaller apartments. They can be anything from simply a pull-out bed to even a separate bedroom that is some distance from the main living areas.
When you look at the floor area of a unit, you not only should pay attention to the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, store rooms, and dining rooms, but also the little things such as supplementary spaces. Moreover, if the floor plans look humongous, it could mean that the apartment only has second-floor terraces and a swimming pool. Either way, you should always fully examine your floor plan to make sure it meets your needs in every way.
A floor plan will often tell you whether you can remodel. It all depends on how you read the floor plan. First of all, when it tell you how thick the wall is, it is giving you a good clue as to how likely it is that the wall could be demolished. Of course, you should get HDB approval before making any type of renovation.