Review of unit layouts at The Continuum
The Continuum Showflat: 3-Bedroom Premier (C5) - 1087 sq ft (101 sqm) [Signature Collection]
No. of units:
Who is it suited for?
- Families with two or three children
- Young couples who are planning to have a family in future
There are 238 3-bedroom units in the Signature Collection; 136 units are 3-bedroom Premier (types C4 to C7) while 102 units are standard 3-bedroom units (types C1 to C3). Additionally, the 3-bedroom + Study with Private Lift (types C8 and C9) is part of the Prestige Collection.
In total, 3-bedroom units make up around 33% of the total unit mix in The Continuum and there are nine different layouts to cater to various family sizes and their needs. Among all the unit types, 3-bedders have the most number of layouts.
As you walk into the unit, there's a sizeable foyer which greets you. This is great for those who like some privacy as you won't be able to see the living and dining areas from the entrance of the unit. It's also a suitable area for welcoming or saying goodbye to your guests.
You'll find a cabinet hiding the distribution board (DB) here which has a mini shoe rack. The provisions also include a smart camera doorbell and digital lockset.
All 3-bedroom layouts in the Signature Collection have a foyer, except type C4. So buyers who don't want the additional foyer space might consider the type C4 bedroom instead.
The kitchen and yard area is around 118 sq ft (11 sqm) which leaves ample room for around three people to do their household chores. We like that the kitchen comes with a glass wall partition and glass door, which bring light in and brighten up the area.
The gas hob, cooker hood and built-in oven are by the premium Swiss brand V-Zug while the fridge and washer-dryer are by Samsung.
One interesting observation is that a free-standing fridge is provided instead of an integrated fridge. The plus point is that a free-standing fridge is larger and it's more convenient in cases where you need to repair or replace it.
Thanks to the wide windows, there's natural ventilation if you're planning to do some heavy cooking.
We love this nook right by the glass partition wall as it's a perfect space for a coffee or drinks corner. It's also beside the oven, so if you're an avid baker, you can use this space for your preparation.
The Continuum's developer is providing a store in every unit. While the shelves inside the store are ID treatment, the shelving and hooks on the inside of the door are provided. Very few new launches provide a store, so it's refreshing to see it at The Continuum.
The household shelter and WC were designed with the household's helper in mind. Besides the typical metal swing door, the household shelter has a louvre bi-fold door, so there's proper ventilation if you're converting it into a helper's room. The household shelter and WC are also in an L-shaped layout, instead of beside each other. So, you have the option of enclosing the area to turn it into an "ensuite helper's room" to give your helper more privacy.
Living and dining areas
In the dining area, the developer has factored in a wall of about 1.8m so that there's a natural enclave for the dining room. This is so that the dining table is tucked away in a corner so it won't block the walkway from the entrance to the living area and bedrooms. This arrangement also allows buyers to add features on the wall or built-in seating if they wish to, like what the ID did in the showflat.
The dining area has sufficient space for a four or six-seater table. However, you'd still have to consider an appropriate table length so it won't eat into the walkway space to the bedrooms.
The living area is decently sized for a 3-bedder, with a width of 3m between the sofa and the TV. A four-seater sofa would fit nicely here, or if you need more seating space, an L-shaped sofa will do just fine too.
The plus point is that a ceiling fan is given in all units, and it will be mounted in the living/dining areas except for the penthouse units with high ceilings, where the fan will be mounted in the master bedroom. Hoi Hup Realty/Sunway Developments are one of the few developers who provide a ceiling fan in their units, as we saw at Terra Hill too.
If you need additional seating areas, the balcony is a great spot to place more chairs. Alternatively, it can also be an alfresco dining spot for two.
The master bedroom (excluding the master bathroom) is about 151 sq ft (14 sqm), the standard size for a 3-bedder. However, one thing that stands out is that the length of the master bedroom is about 4.15m, which is more than average. Besides fitting in a king-sized bed, there's generous space for side tables. If you want to fit in a dressing table, we recommend pushing your bed close to the window.
Unsurprisingly, the master bedroom comes with full-length windows, which are 70% openable. Only the window right beside the head bed can't be opened as that would mean having the wind blowing in your head as you're sleeping. What's more, all 3-bedroom Premier units are corner units which have an additional window between the bed and wardrobe. This allows for more ventilation in the master bedroom and more light during the day.
All the built-in bedroom wardrobes at The Continuum extend all the way to the ceiling, so there's plenty of storage space. They come with built-in lights and an accessories drawer where you can store belts, jewellery and other small items. These are provisions which can also be found in the common bedrooms.
The developers have also provided a lower rack in the wardrobes of all bedrooms which is suitable for hanging pants or small towels.
Additionally, all master bedrooms have a side dresser compartment with a built-in mirror and tie rack.
For the master bathroom, a bonus point is that all the mirrors have a cabinet behind them, even the small ones. This gives you ample space to store your toiletries and keep your vanity top clutter-free.
All the sanitary fittings and wares are by Laufen, except the mixer tap, which is by Gessi. Both are luxury brands known for their high quality and durability. Other provisions include an overhead rain shower, a bib tap, a towel rail and toilet paper holder.
Common bedrooms and bathroom
Both common bedrooms are 97 sq ft (9 sqm), which are slightly larger than average and can fit a queen-sized bed.
We like that both common bedrooms come with full-length windows so there's plenty of light during the day. The wardrobes in the common bedrooms are also equipped with built-in lights and an accessory rack, which are thoughtful provisions that are uncommon in the market.
The shared bathroom has a similar size to the master bathroom in this unit. All the provisions are similar, too, except for the overhead rain shower. What's great is that there's a half-length window, which is quite rare for a shared bathroom.
The Continuum Showflat: 3-Bedroom + Study with Private Lift (C9) - 1249 sq ft (116 sqm) [Prestige Collection]
No. of units:
Who is it suited for?
- Families with two or three children
- Buyers who enjoy entertaining guests
About a third of 3-bedroom units at The Continuum belong to the Prestige Collection and they come with a private lift, a foyer and a study area. These are the C8 and C9 unit types.
3-bedroom units with a private lift are not very common in the market; most developments only have private lifts for 4 and 5-bedroom units. For buyers who don't need such a large unit but still want some exclusivity and privacy, the Prestige Collection's 3-bedroom + Study unit will be perfect for them.
The unit opens up to the dining area, and the kitchen is on the left of the entrance. While having the dining room at the entrance is a little unconventional, it isn't totally unheard of. What's great is that the space is large enough to accommodate a six-seater table and it's less likely to eat into the walkway space to the kitchen and living area. So, it's not a major issue.
One thing you'll notice is that the dining and living areas of the Prestige Collection are fitted with marble floor tiles, while the Signature Collection is fitted with porcelain tiles.
Walkthrough balcony, kitchen and living area
A highlight of this unit is that the balcony, kitchen and living room have a "walkthrough" concept where you can access the kitchen from the balcony. An advantage is that there'll be plenty of ventilation in the kitchen, especially since larger households are expected to do more heavy cooking.
The balcony is around 118 sq ft (11 sqm), large enough to double up as an alfresco dining area. If you enjoy having guests, you can enjoy a barbecue or steamboat on the balcony.
A main feature of the kitchen is its glass window which looks towards the living area. This creates an "open concept" kitchen, even though it is actually enclosed. One advantage of having a glass window is that you'll be able to have conversations with your guests while still preparing food in the kitchen. Parents with young children can also look out for their kids while they are in the kitchen.
The only downside here is that guests will be able to look into the kitchen while you're preparing your meals. Those who prefer a more private and fully enclosed kitchen might want to cover up the glass wall.
We love that there are two separate countertops on opposite sides of the kitchen, which are equally sized. On one side, there's the gas hob, cooker and sink where you can do your cooking and washing. On the other side, there's ample space to prepare your cooking ingredients. If you enjoy baking, you can knead your dough and prepare your bakes here before putting them in the oven.
In the yard, you'll find the store, helper's room, WC and the DB cabinet.
There's also a back door that brings you to the communal lift. What's great is that both the front and back doors of the unit come with a digital lockset. However, only the backdoor will have a smart home doorbell and it comes with a Wi-Fi camera. So when someone presses the doorbell, you don't have to head to the door immediately as you can see who's at the door using your smartphone.
Living and study areas
The living area is roughly the same size as the dining area, and it can accommodate a four-seater couch comfortably. One thing to note is that this unit has an open study area by default, so it's a combined space with the living area. As there's no wall separating the living and study areas, you might have to get a little creative if you plan to have a TV in the living area.
You could place a TV console in between the living and study areas to create some sort of partition or mount the TV in the study instead. If you pick the latter, the distance from your sofa to the TV will be almost 5 metres. Another suggestion is to swap the living and dining areas.
If you need an additional bedroom, the developers are also giving the option of enclosing the study area. It comes with a window and air-conditioning and can fit a single bed. Plus, doing so would allow you to have a wall-mounted TV in the living area.
One thing to note is that the ID has added some shelves and a false display wall in the study, so the actual area will be slightly larger than what is shown in the showflat.
At 161 sq ft (15 sqm), the master bedroom in the 3-bedroom + Study is slightly larger than the one we saw in the 3-bedroom Premier. Besides the standard windows, there are two additional full-length windows beside the bed. In comparison, the 3-bedroom Premier unit only has one half-length window beside the bed.
The wardrobe size is similar to the 3-bedroom Premier and you can expect the same provisions such as a side dresser, an accessories compartment and built-in lights.
What's great is that there's a dedicated dresser area in the master bedroom and it's conveniently situated outside the bathroom.
As for the master bathroom, you can expect the standard provisions like the overhead rain shower, vanity countertop and mirror cabinets. Like the living and dining areas, the flooring and tiles are marble.
In the showflat, the ID has combined both common bedrooms into one supersized children's bedroom. As The Continuum is freehold, the developers give buyers a lot of flexibility in terms of the unit layout. Certain walls are hackable to create a larger bedroom or more space in the living/dining areas. You can make special requests to reconfigure certain rooms, but they will come at an additional cost.
The Continuum Showflat: 5-Bedroom Penthouse (E-PH) - 2260 sq ft (210 sqm) [Prestige Collection]
No. of units:
- 30 (Standard 5-bedroom)
- 2 (5-bedroom penthouse)
Who is it suited for?
- Multi-generational families
- Larger families
- Buyers who rightsize from a landed property
There are only 32 5-bedroom units at The Continuum (two stacks), making it the apartment type with the least number of units. All 5-bedroom units are part of the Prestige Collection.
The showflat unit is the 5-bedroom penthouse which is 2260 sq ft, inclusive of the high ceiling. The standard 5-bedroom units are 1905 sq ft.
For the 5-bedroom unit, the layout resembles a maze where the private lift lobby is in the centre of the unit while the other rooms surround it. It has an efficient layout with very little wasted space, except for the long corridor to the bedrooms, which is unavoidable for larger units.
Generous space in the living and dining areas
As you enter the unit, you'll get a full view of the dining area, dry kitchen and living area. The total area of these spaces (including the corridor) is 527 sq ft (49 sqm), which is the size of a typical 1-bedroom unit. Hence, there's generous space for a multi-generational family who might frequently host guests. The penthouse unit also has a high ceiling of 4.62m.
One of the target demographics of the 5-bedroom unit is those used to staying in the landed houses nearby. For these buyers, space is important to them even if they were to move to a high-rise condominium.
With such a large space, you can fit an eight or 10-seater round table. Having a round table is great for large families as it's easier to share meals during special occasions like Chinese New Year reunions. If you prefer a rectangular dining table, you'd also be able to fit an eight-seater table.
Similarly, the living area is designed to accommodate a large group during gatherings with friends or family. One striking feature is the full-length L-shaped windows which bring in a lot of light into the living area. Residents will also enjoy some stunning views; one stack will face Haig Road and potentially sea views, while the other will face the area around National Stadium.
Like the 3-bedroom + Study Prestige Collection unit, the living and dining areas and bathrooms of the 5-bedroom unit are fitted with marble flooring.
In the showflat, the ID has also hacked the wall of one of the common bedrooms to show that it can be an extension of the living area.
This bedroom is slightly smaller than the other common bedrooms and can only fit a single bed. One thing to note is that it doesn't come with a wardrobe. You might also consider converting this bedroom into a study or work-from-home area.
Dry kitchen with a kitchen island
The dry kitchen has a kitchen island with a marble countertop as well as plenty of cabinet space. The kitchen appliances provided in the dry kitchen are a built-in fridge, built-in oven and a wine chiller, all by V-ZUG. There's also a sink and tap for you to do some washing.
What's great about having a kitchen island is that you can add counter chairs for more seating spaces. If you have guests, you can also serve some light bites and drinks here. For those with kids, the kitchen island is also a great area to prepare meals with them or do some baking together. Hence, it facilitates family bonding and casual conversations.
There's also a powder room for guests to use, so they don't have to share the bathroom with those who live in the unit.
Walkthrough corridor kitchen
The wet kitchen's layout is a walkthrough corridor to the yard and the back door of the unit.
With cabinets and countertops on both sides of the kitchen, there's plenty of space for storage. One highlight here is that there are five burners on the gas hob, instead of the usual three or four burners. This makes sense as this unit is expected to cater to a large household with more heavy cooking.
Other kitchen appliances are a fridge with a water dispenser by Samsung and a built-in dishwasher by V-ZUG. As there are two refrigerators, there's more than enough space to store your chilled items. This dishwasher is also a thoughtful provision and it is practical for a large household which will use more plates and cutlery on a daily basis.
The good news is that there's a wide three-panelled window situated just opposite the gas hob. This way, there'll be plenty of natural ventilation so you can prepare traditional Asian dishes, which might require a lot of oil.
Instead of a washer-dryer combo, 5-bedroom units will get a separate dryer and washer by Samsung. We like that the developers have done something like a linen closet for residents to store their washing detergents and equipment. However, note that the shelvings in the showflat are ID treatment.
The rest of the yard includes the DB cabinet, store, household shelter and WC, all of which are completely hidden from the communal spaces of the house.
We like that there's another window at the back door entrance. This is especially important if you're turning the household shelter into a helper's room, as it will give them additional ventilation, since the room doesn't have any windows.
This also creates additional space to hang-dry your clothes when you're not using the dryer. We foresee that the older generation might prefer to do this.
Master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe
The master bedroom (excluding the walk-in wardrobe and master bathroom) is around 161 sq ft (15 sqm) and this is just the area where the bed is. For comparison, this is the same size as the master bedroom in the 3-bedroom + Study unit inclusive of the wardrobe space.
Even with a king-sized bed and two side tables, the walkway space here is generous. As displayed in the showflat, there's room to fit in a side couch too.
In the showflat, the ID has hacked a wall between the master bedroom and one of the common bedrooms to create a "study area" extension. Like what we've seen in the other two showflat units, this is just one of the many configurations you can consider.
For parents with newborn children, the common bedroom can also be converted into a nursery.
The walk-in wardrobe has a luxurious size of 86 sq ft (8 sqm), equivalent to a size of a common bedroom. Besides the substantial wardrobe space, the cabinet doors have a tinted glass finish, which is classier and more stylish than those in the Signature Collection.
As part of fire safety regulations, there's a back door from the master bedroom to the kitchen but the developers have camouflaged it with the full-length mirror and side dresser. This allows easy access to the kitchen if you want to grab some snacks or do laundry.
You'll find the standard wardrobe provisions here, like built-in lighting and drawers for your accessories.
Outside the master bathroom, there's a dedicated space for a mini dressing table and a mirror.
The master bathroom is around the same size as the walk-in wardrobe, so you can just imagine how impressive the space is. For 4 and 5-bedroom units in the Prestige Collection, the shower glass door is tinted and the mixers and shower heads are dark bronze instead of silver in the Signature Collection.
The shower area and bathtub are situated on opposite ends of the bathroom, so it allows for more space at the sink and WC areas.
A plus point of the master bathroom is that there are his and hers sinks, so the Mr and Mrs of the household can have their personal space while getting ready.
We also love that the WC has a remote control and built-in bidet. This is a premium offering that we've seen in the larger units of some new launches like Terra Hill, LIV@MB and enchante. So it's great to see The Continuum jumping on the bandwagon too.
Junior master bedroom
The junior master bedroom is the only bedroom that's situated away from the other bedrooms as it's located near the dry kitchen. As the unit is targeted towards multi-generational families, we foresee that the junior master will be for elderly parents living with their children or newlyweds who have yet to move out of their parents' homes.
In these cases, the junior master bedroom is in a good position as you can have some privacy but still stay close to the living and dining areas and kitchen.
The size of the junior master (without the bathroom) is about 108 sq ft (10 sqm), which is not huge, but there's still sufficient room for a king-sized bed. If you need more space for side tables, it might be better to place a queen-sized bed instead.
Instead of the living area, the ceiling fan (a standard provision across all units) is mounted in the junior master bedroom for this unit.
The junior master bathroom isn't as large as the main master bathroom but you can expect some similar provisions like the tinted shower glass door and the dark bronze mixer and shower heads (including an overhead rain shower). However, instead of marble, it is fitted with porcelain tiles instead. The storage space in the mirror cabinet is also quite limited compared to the main master bathroom.