The perfect interior design, classic furniture pieces, immaculate wall paint, and a couple of personal accents – these are some of the vital aspects of a home that will work to make any living space complete. However, before any of these elements can be added, a solid foundation must be first established. As with any project, the groundwork should be done before going all out to get our desired results. Of course, when you purchase a house, important structures would have already been installed. From structural systems such as walls, subfloors, framework, and a roof to functional systems like windows, plumbing, and electrical systems, these are a bundle deal when you put in a down payment. In Singapore, soon-to-be homeowners of a BTO flat are even given the additional choice to opt-in for the Optional Component Scheme (OCS). Want complete freedom when choosing the flooring for your HDB? You can have that too!
Whether you’ve bought a BTO flat or a resale one, you’re allowed to choose from the common types of HDB flooring and re-do your home in whatever way you want. But with freedom comes responsibility – the liberty to choose any flooring material is not one to be taken lightly. There are several things to take note of when choosing the right flooring for your home. What are these? Cover them in this blog.
Consideration #1: Budget
Setting aside sufficient funds for any renovation project is important – and the same applies to the reconstruction of your HDB flooring. Beyond thinking about the present and what will look nice and work in your favour now, deciding on flooring is a whole other ball game since you’ll have to choose wisely based on your future needs too! Why? Because unlike wall paints or furniture pieces that can be easily replaced, flooring does not function the same way. It requires professional work like hacking or reinstallation, and this takes time, effort, and most importantly, lots of money. This is especially so if you’ve just purchased a resale flat. Don’t like the flooring installed by the previous owner? Well, you’ll either have to live with it or hack the floors and get new ones. As mentioned, those who’ve bought a BTO flat have the luxury of signing up for the OCS scheme, but even then, your choices are limited to those offered by the government.
So, how do you ensure you pick the right flooring material that will not incur additional costs in the future? For one, you’ll have to factor in the longevity of the type of flooring and decide if it’s worth the investment. Are you planning to stay at the same place for a long time but foresee yourself renovating your home in a couple of years? If that is the case, choose durable yet cheap and easy to manipulate flooring like non-toxic vinyl flooring. If your goal is to increase the value of your home, then any type of wood flooring, like hardwood flooring or engineered wood flooring should be your go-to.
Consideration #2: Style
The budget you set will inevitably have an impact on the style of your home. Some homeowners even choose to carry out DIY projects and cut costs in other areas of their renovation, but the truth of the matter is that having a little extra cash to splurge on something trendy can go a long way in elevating any interior. Similarly, splurging on your flooring can take your interior design to the next level. Given that most flooring types are extremely versatile due to their neutral colours, pick a shade that will work with the design scheme you have in mind. Be sure to plan things out extra carefully if you’re gravitating towards lighter shades like White Oak flooring.
Consideration #3: Lifestyle
Finally, be sure to consider your lifestyle needs. With people placing more emphasis on sustainability and designing a “green” and “non-toxic” home, you’ll want to make sure your flooring is healthy for you. If you have little ones, the elderly, or pets living with you, non-toxic flooring is the best option out there. At Floorrich, we carry an extensive catalogue of non-toxic flooring that supports our promise of offering eco-friendly, green floors to all in Singapore.
Not sure about what flooring material or design you should go with? Reach out to our flooring experts in Singapore, and we’ll advise you according to your budget requirements, stylistic wants, and lifestyle needs.