His jumbo flat has four bedrooms and three halls
Homeowner Ramdzan Minhat's jumbo flat in Woodlands has four bedrooms and three halls
He describes his home as a "halfway house" for family members who are in need.
His parents stayed with him for about seven years after his mother had a knee operation, before moving back to their own flat.
Now, his 53-year-old sister, who is currently waiting for her new flat, has moved in with her two children.
Together with Mr Ramdzan Minhat, 51, his wife, three children and a maid, nine people live in this jumbo executive flat at Woodlands Avenue 1.
In the early 1990s, HDB converted hundreds of unsold new flats in Woodlands and Yishun into jumbo flats by knocking down the walls of two adjoining flats.
A total of 395 jumbo executive apartments in Yishun and 90 units of seven-room HDB flats in Woodlands were offered to the public back then.
Mr Ramdzan's home is made up of a four-room unit and a three-room unit. It has a combined space of about 1,700 sq ftwith four bedrooms and three halls - the living, dining and family rooms.
Mr Ramdzan, who runs a jewellery business, says: "The family hall is like the games centre, where the kids play with their PlayStation and Wii.
"It is also my work area because I work from home most of the time."
WATCH: Exploring a jumbo flat
Mr Ramdzan bought the resale flat about 16 years ago for $433,000, a drop from its previous market value of about $600,000.
He had cashed out from the sale of his first home - a four-room flat at Woodlands Avenue 9 - before the property market crashed.
A similar jumbo unit now goes for $699,000, based on listings on STProperty.
Mr Ramdzan, who has always like big spaces, says the flat was already combined into a jumbo unit when he bought it.
And all that extra space is perfect for entertaining guests and accommodating his extended family.
Mr Ramdzan, who has five siblings, says: "We do a lot of entertaining. We host our family and friends at least twice a month. There's easily eight to ten of them, excluding us."
During Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the number of guests can easily swell to 30.
Every week, the extended family also gathers for religious or Arabic language classes at his home.
When he hired interior architect firm M3 Studio to give the flat a makeover last November, he wanted a Mediterranean theme.
He used Mediterranean tiles for the kitchen backsplash and tiles with bolder patterns and colours for the walls of the two toilets, each of which has a dry and wet area.
He says: "We have two entrances, so that two persons can use them at the same time. There's also a stool in the toilet where my elderly parents can sit while they shower."
Mr Ramdzan even designed his own furniture and got a manufacturer to make them to his liking.
His favourites are the rattan furniture in the living room and the 'smoking corner' along the corridor, which is part of the flat.
He says: "It is sturdy and the look is classic. I can always refurbish it and change the fabric. It is also easy to clean. I just use a blower to blow away the dust."
When he moved in about 15 years ago, he and his children got their hands dirty decorating the feature walls of the dining and living rooms.
He says: "We used our hands and fingers to make prints and marks."
He has also brought back many souvenirs from his overseas work trips, such as an old leather suitcase from Germany and a piece of driftwood from Batam that cost close to $1,000. He displays it in the family room.
He says: "Our home is like a retreat."
Smart storage in small spaces
EYE-CATCHING: The bold black line that leads from the entrance to the living room and silhouettes of the Eiffel Tower (top) and London Bridge (above). TNP PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR
The toilet in the master bedroom of this four-room HDB flat in Punggol is so well-concealed that you might think it does not even exist.
But when you find the hidden door, which is actually part of a row of cabinets, you will find a cosy toilet, complete with shower screens and rain shower.
"This way, you don't see the toilet when you sleep," says the flat's owner, Mr Edward Lim, 33.
The father of one, who works in sales, says the concept was by Mr Thomas Tham of White Corporate, an interior design company.
Another unique feature in his flat is a bold black line that leads you on a walk-through of the flat.
It begins with a pair of footprints in front of the flat's entrance, with the line leading up a ceiling-height shoe rack, across the living room ceiling, down to some customised curtains, to the television console and ending with silhouettes of London Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and Mount Fuji on the walls of the walkway.
To maximise space usage in the 92 sq m flat, the walkway to the master bedroom was closed up.
Instead, the entrance is now through the study which had part of its wall knocked down to create a walkway to the master bedroom.
Mr Lim says: "Like this, I can work while my wife sleeps or vice versa."
More storage space is cleverly hidden below the platform of the king-sized bed and in its headboard.
In the kitchen, a pull-out tray offers extra tabletop space.
Flats sold, big and small
Based on transactions tracked by SRX Property, the largest unit sold was a 297 sq m HDB terrace at Jalan Ma'mor.
For non-landed HDB units, the largest executive flats are at Sin Ming Avenue and Bright Hill Drive, all measuring 243 sq m.
In the private market, a unit measuring 50 sq m or smaller is considered a shoebox unit.
HDB shoebox flats that have transacted since 2001 are mostly two-room flats, some one-room flats in Bukit Merah and three-room flats in the central area and Queenstown.
The smallest HDB flat sold was a one-room unit at Telok Blangah Crescent, measuring only 31 sq m. The second-smallest units were two-room flats at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, at 34 sq m.