4-Room Resale HDB Flat Renovations: From $32K to $100K
A look at 4-room HDB resale flat renovation ideas for every budget!
One of the hardest things about being a new homeowner is finding a balance between designing your dream home and keeping to your budget. That’s especially true if you’re purchasing a resale flat, as there are more variables in your renovation as compared to a BTO flat.
While resale flat renovations are, on average, more expensive than that of BTO flats, how much you end up spending will depend on factors like the state of the flat when purchased, its size, and how much of the original layout and furnishings you wish to change/retain.
Nonetheless, we’ve compiled a list of nine beautiful 4-room resale flat renovation projects in Singapore that range from $32,000 to $100,000, to give you a better idea of what your renovation budget could possibly get you.
1. 4-Room resale flat in Bedok North (Renovation cost: $32,000)
With its neutral colour palette, this 4-room resale flat in Bedok North seems like your typical Scandinavian home at first. But what makes it stand out are the backlit shelves and pastel colours that create a playful, whimsical home.
The semi-open kitchen, in particular, has a pastel blue theme, where everything from the kitchen cabinets to the outer walls are painted in the same blue shade. Together with the pastel accents and rounded drawer knobs, these soft touches bring about a dreamlike, Alice-in-Wonderland vibe to the space.
And this makeover didn’t cost a bomb. In fact, the homeowners chose to retain the original flooring, which helped reduce renovation costs by a fair bit!
2. 4-room resale flat in Upper Serangoon (Renovation cost: $42,000)
While built-ins provide storage space, the downside is that they are pricey, and they don’t provide much flexibility in terms of layout. So instead, the homeowners of this 4-room resale flat in Upper Serangoon chose not to have them in the living room, which kept the renovation costs relatively low despite all the flooring and hacking works done.
Instead, they opted for loose furnishings, which goes well with the Scandinavian aesthetic.
Some people would say that white-and-wood homes are boring, but they won’t be able to say the same for this one. Recessed shelves and funky geometric tiles add a spark of personality to the space, while black accents in the kitchen creates a chic, clean aesthetic.
3. 4-room resale flat in Punggol Field (Renovation cost: $45,000)
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Most homeowners refrain from using too many black accents for fear of visually cramping the space, but as this home shows, that’s not always true. While the black built-ins (like the shoe cabinet and TV console) contrast the stark white walls, the look is softened by the plants and floor-to-ceiling feature mirror that opens up the space.
To create an even more cohesive look, the original floor tiles were replaced with black matte tiles to match the rest of the living room interior.
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The bedrooms maintain the bold, clean vibe, with even more black-hued built-in tables, shelves, and wardrobes that create a seamless look. But again, the clever usage of organic elements like plants and faux wool break up the clinical look to inject some cosiness into the space.
4. 4-room resale flat in Chai Chee (Renovation cost: $56,000)
It’s common knowledge that rounded edges soften the interior, and this 4-room resale flat in Chai Chee has that in spades. Everything from the corridor and windows feature curved edges that amplify the welcoming vibe of the home.
However, the truly unique point about this home is the open kitchen. Unlike most homes, the kitchen counters are curved, and the homeowners have even opted for mosaic tiles and open shelves that add a rustic touch to the home.
The original layout was also retained, with the exception of the hacking down walls to combine the master bedroom and second bedroom for a larger master bedroom with a work area and walk-in wardrobe.
5. 4-room resale flat in Strathmore Avenue (Renovation cost: $64,000)
With a budget over $60,000, you have more room to play around with the space you have. In the case of this resale flat in Strathmore Avenue, the homeowners chose to hack the original wall separating the kitchen from the living room, creating a U-shaped kitchen layout with a counter that functions as a cosy kitchen nook.
Both the communal areas and the bathroom sport a similar contemporary look, where the floors were completely retiled to provide a contrast to the dark wooden accents. Together with the recessed lights and dark-coloured furniture, they add a hint of luxury that makes the home seem like a suite room in a boutique hotel!
6. 4-room resale flat in Bain Street (Renovation cost: $70,000)
“Why would minimalist homes cost so much to renovate?” you may cry. While it’s true that these homes keep decor and design to a minimum, minimalist homes actually require a lot of design work.
To create a seamless look throughout the home, the homeowner opted for numerous built-ins, like the bookshelf-dining table combo, the settee, and the counter beneath the window. The choice of white and grey colours bring about a soothing vibe that is further emphasised by touches of greenery and colour.
7. 4-room resale flat in Queensway (Renovation cost: $80,000)
With the sheer amount of carpentry works done, everything’s a statement in this 4-room resale flat. With its largely black-and-white interior, choosing fluted panels and straight-edged surfaces may run the risk of looking too bold – but the nice mix of curved edges (courtesy of the sofa, rug, and other decor) along with the light wood TV feature creates visual balance.
There’s visual interest everywhere you turn, with organic elements like plants, wood, and wool complementing the crisp, clean look of the home. Even the floors aren’t neglected, with terrazzo floors that add even more oomph to the space.
8. 4-room resale flat in Serangoon (Renovation cost: $85,000)
Who said vintage looks were outdated? As this 4-room resale flat shows, it’s anything but. Sporting a white-and-wood farmhouse theme, this project involved major carpentry, hacking, and flooring works, and now has a rustic vibe that is brought about by the wooden floors and furniture.
Adding to the vibe, the usage of black accents like the ceiling fan and black-framed photos makes the home seem reminiscent of a black-and-white movie. Even the bathrooms look fresh out of a colonial home, with its mosaic tiles and brick-design walls!
9. 4-room resale flat in Pasir Ris (Renovation cost: $100,000)
There really is quite a lot you can do with a $100,000 renovation budget. In the case of this homeowner, they’ve done every work you can imagine - like hacking down walls, carpentry works, and retiling the floors.
While the sleek, contemporary nature of this home is striking enough, the highlight of the home is the open kitchen. By hacking down part of the wall separating the kitchen from the living room, the space looks much more inviting, with loads of natural light streaming into the kitchen. Bonus points for the multiple mirrors that open up the space!
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