30 Sep '12, 6am
No pre-installed taps and basins in new HDB flats
Home owners are being given greater flexibility when it comes to choosing flats and fixtures to suit their tastes. Sanitary fittings such as wash basins and taps are no longer being fitted in new flat launches, as of Thursday. This means owners will need to opt in, to the tune of up to $4,300, if they want them. A Housing Board spokesman said: "With sanitary fittings included as an optional component, home buyers now have the flexibility to do their own interior design or renovation without disposing of the ones provided by HDB." He added that this would minimise waste and cost for the buyers. Up to 16 per cent of new flat owners replace one or more of the sanitary fittings provided by the HDB, according to surveys carried out over the past two years. The HDB is also piloting an open kitchen concept for the 576 units at Teck Ghee Parkview - its latest sales exercise.