House Tour: $40,000 reno for this stylish small-space loft apartment

Designed by Alex Kwan of Museum ID, the homeowner of this apartment in Novena wanted "a very honest design" with materials and designs to blend in naturally with the original built form of the home.

Spots of primary colours pop against the light wood and black backdrop.

The towering ceiling was enhances with brickwork and metal beams. An Octopus lamp from Autoban adds industrial chic.

The dead space under the stairs was turned into a storage area. The black metal beams not only look like part of the structure, they also support the customised bookshelf.

The homeowner shows her feminine side in her bedroom furniture and the wall decal.

While most designers strive to keep within budget or at least exceed it by only 10 per cent, this project's final numbers were about half of the initial budget — approximately $40,000 — as there wasn't much to change since the original space already looked good.