10 Homes Under $30K to Prove You Can Still Reno on a Budget
Wallet-friendly and aesthetically pleasing, the perfect combination.
When times are tough, you will definitely want to take the pressure off your wallet. There are a few ways you can go about it, like cutting back on your renovation costs for one.
While you might deem your $30k as a ‘shoestring budget’, there’s still plenty you can do with it. In fact, it’s more than enough to cover the costs of all your renovation works – here are some real examples in Singapore that are living proof:
For a more flexible layout, keep your built-ins to a minimum and use standalone pieces. This way you can adjust, configure and update your space easily if you ever get tired of it post-reno or when you have a bigger disposable income in the future.
Sticking to a bare look, the homeowners of this Buangkok Crescent flat cut down on costs by using loose carpentry. A concept that’s similar to the abovementioned, but with one key difference – the decorative plants. Nestling leafy greens into open niches make it seem less like you’re living in Singapore, and more like you’re at a resort. Pro-tip: Use fake plants if maintaining the real thing takes up too much time.
Remember it’s all in the little details. From the herringbone feature wall to the gold sink and velvet sofa, every element used in this Punggol Bayview apartment has been thought out, and carefully placed, to achieve a sophisticated look while remaining absolutely wallet-friendly.
Interior Firm: Couple Abode
Sometimes keeping things simple is best. But, of course, a white colour scheme requires a bit of jazzing up – break up the monotony by including some textures, fixtures and fittings. Check out how this apartment makes use of wood-look built-ins, matte black track lights, brassy handles and glossy subway tiles for a high contrast look.
Interior Firm: E+e Design & Build
Despite what you think, dark colours aren’t taboo for Singapore homes! By keeping select elements minimalist in design, Archive Design makes this Toa Payoh flat look luxurious at a cost-effective price.
Interior Firm: Arche Interior
Warm wood tones and pops of blue come together to form a restful backdrop here. Dress up the space with soft furnishings, graphic tiles and bronze accents for a boho-chic touch, one to complement the soothing atmosphere.
Interior Firm: The Interior Lab
The combination of white-and-oak elements along with bright natural light helps make this MUJI-inspired space appear more spacious and airy. The space constraints were solved with cleverly-built storage solutions that keep the home clutter-free, creating a home that’s both practical and welcoming.
Interior Firm: Renologist
Now that WFH’s a thing, you’ll definitely want to build a more conducive space. Put that spare room to good use by turning it into a functional study, and build around the concept. We recommend starting with long work stations – not just of the desk variety, think extendable tables and bigger dining areas for increased seating capacity, in case you need a change of scenery.
A smaller budget doesn’t always equate to compromises in functionality. Case in point: Most built-ins in this home come with niches that double as displays, seating and storage areas – just check out the line of cabinets in the living room!
Interior Firm: Carpenters 匠
Not only can $30,000 snag you the built-ins that you need, there’s still room for a couple of style modifications, including an accent wall. Don’t believe us? Charlotte’s Carpentry masterfully disguises this household’s bomb shelter with metallic groove lines, and turns it into a feature in one fell swoop.
Interior Firm: Charlotte's Carpentry
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