Features of HDB's optional component scheme

SINGAPORE - An open-kitchen scheme offered by the Housing Development Board has proven popular, with about six in 10 flat buyers in 30 Build-To-Order (BTO) projects opting for it.

This concept, first piloted in the Teck Ghee Parkview project in September 2012, is part of HDB's Optional Component Scheme.

The scheme, which is offered on an opt-in basis and has expanded since it was introduced by HDB in 1989, allows flat buyers to customise their homes to suit their needs.

These are the extra finishes available under the scheme:

* Internal doors plus sanitary fittings (wash basin, water tap, shower mixer)

* Floor finishes for the living room and bedrooms

* Open-kitchen Concept

The HDB said it introduced the scheme to reduce wastage, as it observed that some flat owners might replace the components with their preferred products after moving in.