4-Room BTO Flat Renovations in Singapore: From $23K to $90K
Ten homes, ten renovation budgets, all 4-room BTO flats!
In more ways than one, renovating a 4-room BTO flat (or just about any HDB flat, for the matter) can feel challenging. First, you’ll have to decide on a reasonable renovation budget – usually between $43,000 to $45,000 for a 4-room flat – and next, find design ideas that best align with your idea of a dream home.
To help you out with both of these tasks, we’ve put together a list of ten inspiring 4-room projects that cost between $23,000 to $90,000 to renovate. So, take a closer look, and hopefully you’ll find a nice new look for your BTO flat that’s also within reach!
1. 4-Room BTO Flat at Canberra Street (Renovation Cost: $23,000)
Interior Firm: Home Access Interior
While it might be the most budget-friendly project on our list, this Canberra Street 4-room BTO flat is far from basic. For starters, its open-concept layout creates an almost seamless flow between the living room, dining area as well as the home gym.
While they clearly aren’t designed for privacy because of their glass panes, custom sliding doors bordering the home gym provide an easy way to close it off when it’s in use or fully open it up for better ventilation if need be.
Meanwhile, floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the gym pull double duty, expanding the space visually on top of serving their usual purpose of enhancing workout efficiency.
2. 4-Room BTO Flat at Ang Mo Kio Street 23 (Renovation Cost: $28,000)
Interior Firm: Swiss Interior Design
While it looks and feels undeniably cosy, thanks to a combination of neutrals and soft warm lighting, the living room of this Scandinavian-style 4-room BTO flat isn’t its main highlight. Instead, the open-concept kitchen is where most of this Ang Mo Kio home’s charm really comes from.
Coupled with its spaciousness, a U-shaped layout with a peninsula allows the kitchen to be used for food preparation as well as dining. There’s no need to be concerned about congestion either because of how every built-in is flushed to the sides, leaving ample room for free movement in and out of the kitchen.
3. 4-Room BTO Flat at Tampines GreenVerge (Renovation Cost: $31,000)
Interior Firm: Posh Home
It’s a given that having custom built-ins will add to your renovation costs, but with the right space planning, these fixtures will provide plenty of aesthetic and functional value – just take this Tampines GreenVerge flat as an example. Here, strategically-positioned shelves in the living room and entryway provide an easy way to keep all sorts of knick-knacks corralled away.
Further indoors, the master bedroom likewise plays host to a selection of custom built-ins, most prominent of which, are a full-height wardrobe and a study nook, which also functions perfectly well as a vanity table.
4. 4-Room BTO Flat at Northshore Drive (Renovation Cost: $40,000)
Interior Firm: Fifth Avenue Interior
As this elegant Northshore Drive BTO flat shows, having an archway built between your home’s communal areas is a great way to frame a gorgeous interior nicely. It’s also worth noting that there’s a structural wall between the dining area and living room, but it’s now part of a more aesthetically-pleasing structure.
Mirroring its communal area, the master en suite also features an ‘archway’ in the form of a curved mirror, backed by a wall of rosy mosaic tiles for a soft, but energetic look. Likewise, to take away the edginess, the bathroom cabinets were designed to have a rounded, more organic profile.
5. 4-Room BTO Flat at Tampines Avenue 9 (Renovation Cost: $45,000)
Interior Firm: Lemonfridge Studio
If dogs are man’s best friend, then smart storage systems are probably the equivalent for the modern-day home chef – and if you want ideas on how to design one for your 4-room apartment, then this tidy-looking Tampines BTO flat has exactly what you’re looking for.
To fully maximise available space, the flat’s kitchen was designed with a storage wall that integrates cabinets, shelves, and even a mini pantry – all of which are conveniently concealed beneath the façade of a minimalist lift-up door.
6. 4-Room BTO Flat at Tampines North Drive 1 (Renovation Cost: $50,000)
Interior Firm: Ethereall
Even without being physically being there, one can feel the distinct vintage vibe that pervades every corner of this Tampines North BTO flat – rustic wood-look flooring, mid-century modern furniture, and pops of green come together to create a classic look that’s straight out of the past.
Other notable throwbacks to yesteryear include an old-school archway (once again proving their enduring popularity) right outside the kitchen as well as a pair of vintage wardrobe cabinets outfitted with fluted glass panes.
7. 4-Room BTO Flat at Canberra Crescent (Renovation Cost: $55,000)
Interior Firm: 13th Design Studio
Sporting a distinctively oriental look, this Canberra Crescent BTO flat, which cost $55,000 to renovate, takes the idea of an old-school home in a clearly Eastern direction.
Living spaces wrapped in reddish wood layers set the tone for a classic setting, while charming elements – like an entryway cabinet designed to resemble an apothecary chest – call to mind the inside of a traditional Chinese home.
8. 4-Room BTO Flat at Bidadari Park Drive (Renovation Cost: $60,000)
Interior Firm: Carpenter Direct
If there’s a home that fully embodies the idea of ‘monochrome cool’, it’s surely this one. Located at Bidadari Park Drive, this modish pad is effortlessly snazzy with its black-and-white palette and sleek interiors that aren’t the least bit boring.
Take for instance, the double doors facing the dining area, which make for a suitably dramatic entryway to the master bedroom – a striking space in its own right, thanks to features like a see-through walk-in wardrobe and a handsome herringbone floor.
9. 4-Room BTO Flat at Woodlands Avenue 1 (Renovation Cost: $70,000)
Interior Firm: Prozfile Design
It’s true what they say: the difference between something good and something great is attention to detail, and that’s also something this classy Woodlands home – which was renovated for $70,000 – is brimming with.
A closer look at the kitchen reveals a plethora of timeless elements – from panelled cabinet doors to sleek quartz countertops – that’ll no doubt look fashionable even years down the road. The same can be said for the common bathroom where there’s a chic under-sink cabinet featuring a door with thick slats as well as walls clad in veiny tiles.
10. 4-Room BTO Flat at Sumang Walk (Renovation Cost: $90,000)
Interior Firm: Free Space Intent
While its association with clean-lined, well-appointed interiors is solidly cemented in the minds of homeowners these days, the mid-century modern style does have an (oft forgotten) whimsical side to it, which can be traced back to the emergence of the pop art movement in the 50s and 60s.
By drawing on the loud aesthetic of pop art, local design firm Free Space Intent succeeded in putting together a highly fluorescent interior for this 4-room BTO flat at Sumang Walk, complete with Andy Warhol prints, a working jukebox(!), bright red brick walls, and most importantly, plenty of welcoming spaces.
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