What $30K or less can do for your home renovation

Home renovations can cost quite a fortune. Here are some homes that look good and don't exceed a budget of $30,000. 

Industrial-inspired four-room HDB apartment
Size: 990sqf
Budget: $25,000
Interior designer: Spacious Planners

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This home uses rows of hanging light bulbs to create a design feature that sets the industrial look of the apartment. The $25,000 renovation also included fashioning the master bedroom’s walk-in wardrobe out of stainless steel water pipes. 

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The doodles on the elongated blackboard in the kitchen give the space a fun look and the red lampshades add life and colour.

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​Though the home has an industrial theme, it still plays with colour. In fact, the monochromatic canvas of the interiors is the perfect counterpart to the bold red sofa, and colourful accessories and artwork. 

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The master bedroom has a DIY Post-it “artwork” on the wall which conveys a heartfelt romantic message.

Clean and comfy four-room HDB flat
Size: 990sqf
Budget: $30,000
Interior designer: Ehka Studio Architecture + Interiors


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Once a small and dark space, this four-room HDB home is now brightly lit and airy – the homeowners “opened up” the flat by doing away with the kitchen walls and choosing white for most of the interiors. 

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Thanks to the mirrors, the living area appears double its size, and the greenery outside is “reflected” indoors.

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Curtains softly demarcate the home office, yet allow for a larger living area when drawn back.

Minimalist three-room HDB flat
Size: 700sqf
Budget: $30,000

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This bachelor pad used to be a three-room unit, but one of the rooms was removed to create a larger bedroom with more wardrobe space and a smaller kitchen. 

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The place has cement screed ceiling, flooring and walls for an industrial feel, and the clean lines of a few carefully selected furniture pieces fulfill the homeowner’s vision of a minimalist private space.  

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The extension of the bedroom ate into the kitchen space. As the stove ended up facing the bedroom, Robin built a tall cabinet to shield the hob from the view. 

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A tall closet behind the bed headboard demarcates the wardrobe space from the bedroom. Facing it is a row of waist-high cabinets that stores the homeowner's accessories.


Black and white two-bedroom condominium apartment
Size: 800sqf
Budget: $27,800
Interior designer: Soho Interiors + Studio Arc

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Designed to be monochromatic with splashes of colours, this home boasts a prominent black-and-white design. In the living room, the colourful soft furnishings add colour to the theme. 

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This feature wall leads to the master bedroom. The “stripes” were created by spray-painting solid pieces of wood in black, then placing them a few centimetres apart from one another on the white wall.  

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The bedroom may not take the same black-and-white theme, but the earthy brown tones result in a softer, warmer ambience. The velvety olive-green platform by the window creates a restful nook-cum-work area.


Modern-oriental three-bedroom condominium 
Size: 1,227sqf
Budget: $30,000
Interior designer: Substance Living


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A textured feature wall displays the collection of antiques, and the new decor features clean lines and a muted palette of cream and brown that complements the furniture and artwork. 

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A resort-style sofa adds a laid-back feel to the living area.

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To make space in the small bedroom, the designer carved display niches out of the feature panel.