Despite the long school corridor style, LPN has done a great job with the unit layout and design which incorporates Asian life-style. Unlike the studio apartments peddled by developers in Malaysia, Thai developers like LPN design the kitchen for Asian cooking i.e. it faces outwards to the window.
Of course, Preuksa being a higher end player has larger units, priced at a higher premium at RM300k for a 350sf 1-bedroom unit up to RM600k for a 2 bedroom unit. Preuksa also offers laminated wood flooring and quality hotel-grade bathroom fittings for all their units, including the el-cheapo studios.
Another high end developer, AP Land has another innovative concept which they call the "sky kitchen". It is basically putting the kitchen at the window instead of at the back near the door like most studio layouts we are used to. With prices starting from RM300k, AP Land's designs are 1-bedroom units, not studios. Usually in a 1-bedroom unit, the bathroom and toilet is situated inside the bedroom or outside. Both ways are inconvenient as you either have to step outside or guests have to step inside your room to use the facility. So, they have designed the toilet and the bathroom to be separated by a door, accessible from both the room and the living room. In this way, you can be having a shower and your guests can be using the toilet at the same time... no funny thoughts...
While we are still enjoying large 500sf to 600sf studio or 1-bedroom units in KL, I still can't find any innovativeness by our developers to make that a truly living concept like what the Thais have done. Small can be beautiful.