This Flat Has Separate His & Hers Bathrooms After A $60K Reno: “It’s More Convenient, Especially For Emergencies”
This four-room flat in Tampines looked like the typical BTO unit before Nicol and his wife YJ moved in.
By the time the two-month-long renovation that cost $60,000 was completed, the 31-year-old e-commerce logistics manager and his missus, a 29-year-old sales support executive, had a home that was unconventional in more ways than one. The couple and their interior designers, Aloysius Ong and Sharmaine Seow of Insight.Out Studio, share more about the transformation.
Separate his & hers bathrooms
For starters, the 1,001 sq ft flat has separate male and female bathrooms, instead of a master bathroom and a common bathroom like most homes.
“We’ve always thought it was a good idea to have separate bathrooms as it’s more convenient, especially for ‘emergencies’,” the couple tells 8Days.sg.
Having lived in the flat for some time now, the couple maintains that there are no cons to their unique bathroom arrangement — in fact, it helps reduce their preparation time without having to worry about the other person’s bathroom schedule.
Nicol and YJ are also responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms. “This removes the typical arguments like, ‘Can you clear the hair from the drain?’ or ‘Why is the toilet seat up again?’” they quip.
And no, they don’t force their guests to use the bathrooms according to gender when they visit, but most will do anyway.
All bedroom walls torn down
Thanks to a layout overhaul, both bathrooms are situated within the master bedroom. But that's just one of many floor plan changes made to the flat.
The home originally had three bedrooms, but all room walls were knocked down, turning it effectively into a single-bedder home, albeit a very spaciou one. In essence, there are two main spaces in the house — one is a public area comprising the living, dining and kitchen where they host, the other is their private space that is the master bedroom.
Smart space planning for the master bedroom
The enlarged master bedroom has a statement-making entrance, thanks to this pair of fluted glass swivel doors.
These doors serve a practical purpose too. Since guests have to enter the master bedroom to get to the bathrooms, opening just one side allows them to head in without passing by the bed.