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You’ve Been Warned! These 9 Features Can Be Extra Costly

June 19, 2018

We’re all for drooling over jaw-dropping spaces, but let’s be realistic – a stunning home renovation can cost a pretty penny! After all, anything fancy or unusual is bound to incur extra costs, due to additional labour needed to design, fabricate and install things. So consider yourself warned; think twice about getting these 9 design features if you’re on a budget:

1. Non-Basic Doors

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: Uno Interior

Basically, anything that isn’t your usual rectangular, wooden slab. Think quirky rounded edges, slatted wood-paneled finishes or even colonial-style glass framed doors. While definitely eye-catching, they may be more complicated to fabricate and procure, which will add on to its price. Willing to splurge a little? Consider getting just one to work as a focal point in your house. It could be the main door, the doorway to the study, or master bedroom.

2. Curved Arches

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: Uno Interior

Not only do they add a unique twist to dull, boxy ceilings, curved arches can sometimes serve a functional purpose too - for instance, concealing unsightly features like air-con pipes. However, do note that opting for one will mean incurring more costs, due to its complexity and additional plastering work.

3. Floor to Ceiling Built-Ins

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: Aiden-T

We’re talking about built-up bookshelves, storage cabinets or even this built-in bunk bed - complete with hidden storage. While definitely practical, we wouldn’t recommend decking every inch of wall space in head-to-toe storage compartments if you're on a budget. It’ll rack up to a hefty bill due to the extensive amount of materials used, plus labour costs.

4. Wall Coverings (That are Not Paint)

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: Hygge Design

Bare walls are unsightly, paint is basic; but wall coverings – as unique and tactile as they are, are not the cheapest option for your walls. They include mouldings, panels or any wall finishes that might require extra materials to construct and apply. If you want to add pizzazz to your home without splurging on this feature, go for painted graphic motifs instead!

5. Open-Concept Spaces/Half Walls

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: Dan's Workshop

Unless your HDB/Condo already comes with an open-plan layout, achieving an open-concept home is bound to rack up your renovation cost, thanks to the hacking you’ll have to do! What’s even more expensive are half-walls – which will require extra work to hack and make good. If you’re on a limited budget, consider keeping hacking works to one wall area to save costs.

6. Fancy Ceiling Works

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: IN-EXPAT

They’d certainly blow guests away with their stunning façade, but this aesthetic feature can be a major cost bomb. Any by fancy, we mean intricate false ceilings, wooden panels or even this jaw-dropping tropical print ceiling piece. Pay mind that these works are usually uncommon and slightly more complicated for contractors to lay out, which can account for higher costs.

7. Movable Dividers

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: asolidplan

Perfect for adding an element of surprise and ingenuity, sliding, modular partitions that divide and combine various spaces are a smart space-saving addition. However, with this flexibility comes with a price – in the form of costs due to extra hacking works (if needed), the installation of partition slabs and sliding tracks/rollers.

8. Concealed Features

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: KDOT Associates

We get it, jutting furniture, plain, exposed walls and doors can really spoil a look. Wouldn’t it be nice to have them flushed and hidden away from sight? While concealed built-ins provide a sleek, kept-together air in a space (and help to maximise square footage in some cases, like this fold-out bed), extra carpentry works and materials can add significant cost to your renovation bill.

9. Complex Built-ins

Expensive Design Features Renovation Singapore

Interior Designer: In2Space Interior

Unsurprisingly, complicated shapes or complex built-in designs can be pricey, due to the sheer amount of labour needed to fabricate and install these pieces. Our take? Skimp out on such intricate carpentry if you aren’t 100% sure you’ll love it for decades. Instead, use smaller décor pieces to add visual oomph.

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