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Best of Qanvast 2021: Top 10 Most-Read Renovation Articles!

Capturing your eyeballs (again) for one last time before 2021 ends.

2021 has proven to be a rather tumultuous year (just like 2020) – from renovation delays to pushed-back BTO flat completion dates, homeowners in Singapore can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to building their new nests this year.

Still, there were some bright points in the local renovation scene in 2021, and here are 10 of them (along with useful renovation tips and ideas) that we covered in our feature pieces across the year. Keep scrolling for one last look back!

#10: 4 Must-Do Renos for Resale Flats (And 3 Things to Save On)

Tangerine Grove by Third Avenue Studio
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Depending on factors like age and condition, revamping an HDB flat can be a tough affair, and so we highlighted four renovation works that every homeowner should get their contractor to carry out (and three that they can skimp out on, if they’re on a budget) for a better home. But what exactly are these recommendations? Well, that’s for you to find out.

#9: An Airy Punggol HDB Flat That’s a Family’s ‘Home-of-Firsts’

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Just like the fresh start that this young family of three got when they received the keys to their first home in Punggol, its total makeover is a sign of hope – that even the most dated of HDB flats can be transformed into an airy abode swathed in beautiful layers of blue and white.

#8: Joo Chiat Walk-Up Really Looks Like a Moroccan Desert Villa

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Some people find inspiration for a dream home in their travels, and the owners of this Joo Chiat walk-up apartment found theirs in a riad (or traditional villa) in Morocco, which they modelled their couple’s nest after. Cue a modish makeover incorporating sandy neutrals, flowing shapes, and plenty of natural materials.

#7: 5 HDB Maisonettes That Are Everybody’s Dream Home Come True

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Rare as they may be these days, HDB maisonettes continue to be a big source of inspiration for homeowners-to-be (or eye candy for interior design lovers) even today, and you’ll find that these 5 examples offer up some great ideas on how to design a home, regardless of whether you own a maisonette or not.

#6: Family’s HDB Maisonette Has 5.5m-Tall Library and Café Vibes

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Part influenced by the Harry Potter books/movies, and part influenced by Starbucks cafés, the owners of this characterful Lorong Ah Soo HDB maisonette transformed it bit-by-bit into a fantasy home after moving in earlier this year. Of note is the 5.5m-tall air-well-turned-home-library plus custom bookcase!

#5. 5-Room Flat Turned into ‘Siam Diu’ with Bar and Dance Studio

Northshore Drive by Urban Home Design 二本設計家
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From a neon-lit streaming studio (complete with dance pole) to a home bar with a wheel-out alcohol trolley – EVERYTHING about this Northshore Drive 5-room flat is LOUD. It’s no surprise that even its owners refer to their own flat as a personal ‘siam diu’ (translation: Thai disco).

#4. Mickey Mouse Fans Turn 4-Room HDB Flat into ‘House of Mouse’

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Disney fan or not, you can’t deny that there’s plenty to love about this ‘house of mouse’. Home to a pair of Mickey Mouse fans, this 4-room HDB flat at Serangoon pays homage to the classic character in almost every corner. See if you can spot all the Mickey-related motifs in its charming built-ins, fittings, and décor!

#3. 4-Room Bidadari BTO Now Has an Airy Kitchen and Suite Layout

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As so often, simplicity is the key to building the ideal minimalist home, but add on some choice details – like a blue-green feature wall and a mirrored wardrobe – and you get a characterful home (like this elegant Bidadari 4-room couple’s nest) that still leans more towards clean than cluttered.

#2. Couple Turns Bukit Batok 5-Room BTO Flat into ‘5-Star Hotel’

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Staycations don’t last forever, but a hotel-like home does (or at least, much longer). And that’s why this couple decided to transform their 5-room BTO flat in Bukit Batok into a swanky suite, complete with high-end features such as an extra-spacious bedroom and a self-described “Narnia-like” concealed en suite.

#1. 6 Out-of-the-Box HDB Flats with Tweaked Layouts and Rooms

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Rather than us telling you in detail what’s so special about these 6 out-of-the-box HDB flats, it’s better that you find out yourself – especially if you’ve yet to read our number one article for 2021!

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