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10 Homes Under $30K to Prove You Can Still Reno on a Budget

April 21, 2020
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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.

Buangkok Crescent by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

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:


1. Resale HDB Flat in Yishun Street | $23,000

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.

Yishun Street 61 by Omni Design
Yishun Street 61 by Omni Design
Yishun Street 61 by Omni Design
Yishun Street 61 by Omni Design

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2. BTO Flat in Buangkok Crescent | $25,000

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.

Buangkok Crescent by Free Space Intent

Interior Firm: Free Space Intent

Buangkok Crescent by Free Space Intent
Buangkok Crescent by Free Space Intent
Buangkok Crescent by Free Space Intent

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3. BTO Flat in Punggol Bayview | $26,000

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.

Punggol Bayview by Couple Abode

Interior Firm: Couple Abode

Punggol Bayview by Couple Abode
Punggol Bayview by Couple Abode
Punggol Bayview by Couple Abode

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4. BTO Flat in Tampines Street | $20,000

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.

Tampines Street 61 by E+e Design & Build

Interior Firm: E+e Design & Build

Tampines Street 61 by E+e Design & Build
Tampines Street 61 by E+e Design & Build
Tampines Street 61 by E+e Design & Build

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5. BTO Flat in Toa Payoh East | $30,000

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.

Toa Payoh East by Arche Interior

Interior Firm: Arche Interior

Toa Payoh East by Arche Interior
Toa Payoh East by Arche Interior
Toa Payoh East by Arche Interior

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6. BTO Flat in Buangkok Tropica | $30,000

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.

Buangkok Tropica by The Interior Lab

Interior Firm: The Interior Lab

Buangkok Tropica by The Interior Lab
Buangkok Tropica by The Interior Lab
Buangkok Tropica by The Interior Lab

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7. Resale HDB Flat in Tampines Central | $22,300

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.

Tampines Central 7 by Renologist

Interior Firm: Renologist

Tampines Central 7 by Renologist
Tampines Central 7 by Renologist
Tampines Central 7 by Renologist

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8. BTO Flat in Sumang Walk | $28,000

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.

Sumang Walk by Space Concepts Design
Sumang Walk by Space Concepts Design
Sumang Walk by Space Concepts Design
Sumang Walk by Space Concepts Design

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9. BTO Flat in Woodlands Drive | $27,000

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!

Woodlands Drive 16 by Carpenters 匠

Interior Firm: Carpenters 匠

Woodlands Drive 16 by Carpenters 匠
Woodlands Drive 16 by Carpenters 匠
Woodlands Drive 16 by Carpenters 匠

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10. BTO Flat in Bukit Batok West Ave 9 | $30,000

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.

Bukit Batok West Avenue 9 by Charlotte's Carpentry

Interior Firm: Charlotte's Carpentry

Bukit Batok West Avenue 9 by Charlotte's Carpentry
Bukit Batok West Avenue 9 by Charlotte's Carpentry
Bukit Batok West Avenue 9 by Charlotte's Carpentry

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