Bigger homes back in demand

Families need more space as work-from-home culture sets in

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO
Ms Christine Sun (left), head of research and consultancy at OrangeTee & Tie, says there has been an increase in people buying bigger homes lately. Property analyst Ong Kah Seng (right) says that when the pandemic subsides, buyers from Hong Kong may
Ms Christine Sun (left), head of research and consultancy at OrangeTee & Tie, says there has been an increase in people buying bigger homes lately. Property analyst Ong Kah Seng (right) says that when the pandemic subsides, buyers from Hong Kong may be keen to look at shoebox-size apartments.

If you are feeling a bit cooped up working from home in your two-or three-bedroom unit, imagine how your horizon would be further curtailed if your living space was reduced by half or more.

Add another home worker - your spouse - and there is bound to be daily jostling on who gets more elbow space at the dining table. And we have not even talked about the kids yet, as they are bound to want their own playing area.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 04, 2020, with the headline 'Bigger homes back in demand'. Print Edition | Subscribe