Seems like a huge investment, but the results are undeniably lavish.
Your home is a reflection of who you are as a person, so it follows that homeowners are willing to spend more on their renovations – all in the name of achieving a well-designed home.
In fact, some homeowners are willing to spend over – gasp – $150,000 to bring their vision for their home to life! From swanky marble walls that can rival those of boutique hotels to a unique variety of carpentry designs, check out how these homeowners spent their money to make their HDB flats look like a million bucks.
1. Bedok South Horizon | Cost: $160,000
When it comes to designing a family home, it’s best to keep things unfussy. Though this 5-room BTO flat in Bedok has a simple colour scheme, it has plenty of storage solutions and multipurpose spaces.
One look at the amount of carpentry and hacking done, and it’s clear why this renovation costs $165,000. But you can’t deny that it wasn’t worth it – after all, the house looks more like a luxe condo than a regular HDB flat!
2. Tampines Street 42 | Cost: $300,000
A bigger flat will naturally cost more to renovate, but the owners of this massive multi-gen flat in Tampines took it a step further by connecting the spaces between various rooms, as well as incorporating unique features such as a state-of-the-art home entertainment system and faux fireplace.
Along with the large-scale renovation needed to revamp the space, ensuring that all these things come together in a cohesive manner will, of course, require extra work – so ultimately, it’s no surprise that renovating this home went all the way up to $300,000!
3. Lorong Ah Soo | Cost: $195,000
Black and white homes are nothing but classically luxurious. Rather than having ornamentation, keep your home as clean-cut and sleek as possible, like this maisonette in Lorong Ah Soo.
Work in some variety in the form of curved accents and materials (like stone) to break up the monotony – and, of course, to play up the lavish vibes.
Of course, these premium materials and unique carpentry will cost you a pretty penny – but if it gets you the look (and vibe) you’re yearning for, it’s money well spent in our opinion!
4. Pasir Ris Street 21 | Cost: $280,000
If you want something a little different, why not play around with your walls? It doesn’t all have to be the solid, one-note type – for a less monotonous take, try bringing out the textures, just like how it’s done in this penthouse-like executive apartment in Pasir Ris.
Go with the ever-popular fluted panels, or experiment with unique grooves and raised platforms. To create a grand first impression, create a textured wall along your entrance and incorporate different shapes and materials within the space – when done right, you may just get a foyer as magnificent as this one!
5. Hougang Avenue 4 | Cost: $165,000
By opening up the living room and bedrooms, this 5-room resale flat feels even more spacious. But rather than looking overly open and unstructured, the homeowners opted for a unique way to mount their TVs and shelves: pole systems.
Not just limited to wardrobes, a pole system offers the unique benefit of adding visual structure while still maintaining the open-concept feel – which is something you can take note of for your own renovations!
6. Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 | Cost: $200,000
Other than its size, this massive jumbo flat in Ang Mo Kio was largely left in its original condition, which made the job of transforming it to suit its new occupants fairly difficult (not to mention, expensive).
But after entirely revamping the layout (and nearly 5 months of work), the house now sports a fresh new look that’s almost unrecognisable!
7. Bishan Street 13 | Cost: $187,000
While not all of us have the luxury of travelling regularly, you can still get luxury hotel vibes at home with a variety of marble and stone accents. Just take this maisonette in Bishan as an example!
As a complement, this HDB flat is decorated with pendant lights, gold furnishings and elegant fittings. Add a few warm touches in the form of walnut accents, and you’ll get an opulent home that feels just like a 5-star hotel!
8. Tampines Street 33 | Cost: $325,000
If the phrase 'going all out' was a home, it would be this one. The homeowner of this executive apartment in Tampines chose to splurge on premium materials – like large-format floor tiles, anti-fingerprint laminates, and bookmatched quartz – to furnish their family home.
In combination with the numerous customised fittings, it’s only natural for the renovation price – a jaw-dropping amount of $325,000 – to reflect its extravagant nature!
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This article was originally published on 15 Nov 2018 and last updated on 15 Dec 2022