We showcase the renovations of 6 homes that were transformed for $50,000 or less. Check out how you can do the same.
- Budget: $35,000 The new occupants of this condominium unit, a married couple with two young kids and a newborn, saw that this 10-year-old apartment needed only some sprucing up for it to look fresh and modern again. The flooring and wardrobe in the bedrooms were changed while the marble flooring in the living room was polished to regain its sheen. The kitchen, which looked dated, was given a new set of cabinets and countertops, and furnished with brand new appliances.
- Budget: $40,000 After living here for some years, the homeowners decided that it was time for a change. Fresh wall treatments were applied to transform this bland all-white space into an energising arena. In the living room, the walls are clad in wallpaper from Japan, creating a rustic tiled look. The bedroom walls are painted a vibrant shade of purple. The kitchen was also given a makeover, with its cabinets replaced by new ones while a new solid surface countertop and black glass backsplash complete the look.
- Budget: $42,000 The young couple who bought this resale flat decided on an industrial theme. To achieve this, the existing decor had to be completely removed. In its place now is a stucco brick wall, cement screed flooring and bold wood grain patterns. The kitchen was remodelled to cater to the couple’s needs. A portion of the budget was also spent on hacking the wall separating the private and communal bathrooms to combine them into one.
- Budget: $45,000 For their first home, the couple wanted an industrial-style Scandinavian design. Since it was a new flat, the design team had a clean slate to work with. Neutral colours and lots of woody touches were incorporated into the white space, drawing out the Scandinavian feel. A white brick wall in the living wall adds a rustic edge to the atmosphere. The kitchen features a backsplash of white subway tiles, infusing the space with a chic vintage feel. Part of the budget also went into tearing down a boundary wall to have sliding glass panels instead.
- Budget: $48,000 It’s hard to imagine that this velvety-like lounge is actually the interior of a HDB flat. Occupants of this new flat, Brandon and Indrie, love the modern boutique style and wanted it for their love nest. Besides the use of luxe finishes, the apartment also boasts an open-concept kitchen and a luxurious walk-in closet. For this, a couple of walls had to be taken down. A decorative divider which functions as a bookshelf and TV console was constructed to provide privacy in the cosy living room.
- Budget: $50,000 Unlike the previously cramped conditions, the two-storey loft apartment is now a snazzy parlour. By day, the homeowner can work and meet clients in it and by night, it is a bachelor pad for him to kick back and relax. To create more personal space for this finance and wealth management professional, the mezzanine level was extended to set up a private study area away from his workstation downstairs. Glass panels and mirrors are applied to help brighten up the entire space.
This was adapted from an article originally written by Jasmine Goh that appeared in the February 2014 issue of SquareRooms