Complete Makeover for a 3-Room HDB Flat

3 room hdb flat makeover

Complete Makeover for a 3-Room HDB Flat



A old rundown 3-room flat at Bendemeer Road was given a complete makeover that cleverly bent the rules of the typical Housing Development Board (HDB) flat. Located in an estate established in 1972, this visibly-aged flat was a spartan & modest one.



Celebrated interior designer Norman Yeo injected contemporary sophistication with a dose of Zen simplicity – and the result is astonishing. The flat is beyond recognition – its habitants were transported into a chic, stylish apartment without the slightest hint of a typical HDB flat, or the estate’s aging external outlook.


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Custom- made furniture were designed and assembled for this modern apartment. The dining set is shared with floor-lit cantilevered timber bench that spans the entire length of the dining area – an ingenious idea that creates a flexible & practical interior arrangement. Solid timber doors & polished stainless steel fittings were used throughout the apartment. When combined with dark timber floors, an earthy colour palette and warm, subtle lighting, a sophisticated yet cosy, intimate atmosphere is achieved.


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In the bedroom, custom-made beds are designed with floor-lit edges, giving the illusion of a lightly-floating structure and as a result, making the rooms appear more spacious than they really are. The bedroom walls are composed in a careful rhythm of light & dark colours to achieve an aesthetic & spatial harmony. In the master bedroom, frosted glass panels give a peek into the ensuite bathroom – allowing both natural & artificial light to spill in between spaces. The ensuite bathroom adopts a monochromatic colour scheme, with walls being treated in cement-like paint effect, whilst the vanity top is left a crisp white. Quality, designer sanitary ware in glossy polished stainless steel are carefully selected to complement a modern and sleek look. Even though the re-design was completed almost 12 years ago, this flat still look every bit modern today as it did in 2003.

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Designer Norman Yeo


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  • Yihao

    Hi HANDYNUMMER ORTEN, Please note that all the rooms consist of tailor-made, bespoke furniture and fittings. If you wish to find out more about basic renovation costs, don't hesitate to contact us at 6897 1211 or and we will gladly assist. Thank you! Yihao (OSC by Norman Yeo)

  • Yihao

    Hi JTSY, Thank you for the kind words and compliments. Yes, we totally agree that the home is a sanctuary and no expense should be spared in creating the perfect home - we deserve it! Yihao (OSC by Norman Yeo)

  • JTSY

    If it is not the before and after pictures, you wouldn't thought that this is a 3 room HDB flat. Designer has carefully planned and changed the entire layout to create a spacious living place. Each elements from lighting to custom made furnitures that has been installed, has made the spacious space comfortable and cozy. After a long busy day at work, I would be glad to be at home than anywhere else enjoying my frozen raspberry with my favourite chocolate ice cream. It's not just an extreme make over, it's creating lifestyle and making a better life. After all, we worked so hard to have a roof over our head, why not have the best. I am very amazed with the work.

  • JEAN Tan

    Hi Norman, I simply love the design you did for the contemporary looking master bedroom. Soothing and calm feel... Just a perfect place to relax after a hard day's work!

  • Yihao

    Hi Mr. Louie Chang, Thank you for your kind comments and support. It is our mission to help homeowners realise their dream home. Cheers! Yihao OSC by Norman Yeo

  • Yihao

    Hi Ms. Ivy Loo, Thank you for your kind words, we are humbled by your support. Cheers! Yihao OSC by Norman Yeo

  • Ivy Loo

    Brilliant design! I never knew normal 3 room flat could be transformed in such awesome works. Great job Norman. You think out of the box with passion and creativity! Thumbs up! Keep it up.

  • Louie Chang

    Woah , thanks to Norman Yeo that people who can't afford private apartment or condo to have their humble HDB flat to be transformed into a warmth and fabulous home . That's why a good interior designer is important to transform what u want in a dream home !! Yeah !!!!