10 Aug '11, 2am

What is the point of having a balcony that is bigger than the bedroom, asks our reader. #housing

I REFER to Mr Lin Xinsheng's letter last Saturday ("Bold design? I'd prefer a liveable unit"). It is important to be able to buy a home that is affordable, practical, usable and liveable, be it for one's own stay or for investment. And I am sure many share the same view. Developers are building smaller units nowadays. And ironically, we are paying higher prices per square foot with less usable space. In short, there is not much thought given to maximise the usage of space for the home owner. What is the point of having a balcony that is bigger than the bedroom? Why do we need long air-conditioner ledges? Besides, do we need "designer architects" to build condominiums in the heartland, where most low- to middle-income people live? Is the HDB flat's resale value not high enough? Do we need to raise it again? Are we going to have other property cooling measures later? Develop...

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