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7 Gorgeous 4-Room BTO Renovations: What $60K Can Get You

15 July 2022 | BY

For new homeowners looking to renovate their BTO flats, here are 7 home projects you can take inspo from without needing to stamp a hole through your wallets.

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Nothing excites homeowners more than the prospect of completely transforming that brand spanking new flat they’ve purchased into the cosy home of their dreams. And if you’ve been saving up for this momentous event with a budget of $60K to play around with, you’re probably wondering what that plump budget can get you.

First off, let’s broadly assume that the flat you’ve purchased is a 4-room BTO, since it’s the most popular flat configuration most new homeowners go for. To help you envision what kind of magic that budget can create, we’ve shortlisted 7 phenomenal 4-room HDB BTO home renovations in Singapore for a serious dose of home envy:

1. A dark & cosy man cave

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Fluted wall panels are all the rage as one of 2022’s trending interior design styles, and this dark and cosy abode has no shortage of them. In fact, there’s a surplus. Where most people stop at one feature wall, this home flaunts multiple panelled walls in the living room, kitchen and even on the ceiling.

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With a room full of warm, woody tones and coats of rich teal wall paint, strips of gold and recessed LED lights help to punctuate the otherwise dark colour scheme of the home.

btoImage credit: Honeycomb design studio

In line with the teal colour palette, the kitchen’s cabinets are the same shade of teal with a distinctly veined marble backsplash and gold accents in the form of cabinet pulls and a kitchen tap. Gold even peeks out from the stove’s splitter.

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Other outstanding features of the home renovation include a full-length bookshelf with embedded lighting, a glass-encased bathroom with built-in double vanity and wide sliding doors between rooms. 

Total cost of reno: $60,000

2. Modern farmhouse

btoImage credit: The Local INN.terior 新家室

Another aesthetic home that sits below the $60K reno mark is this Northshore BTO project helmed by The Local INN.terior. On first glance, the home looks fairly simple in design but features some finer, tasteful frills that are known to cost a little extra.

Beyond the use of wood veneers on their built-in carpentry. These homeowners opted for the shaker style look for all of the drawers and cabinets in the house from their floating TV console and bomb shelter storage to their walk-in wardrobe.

hdb renovationImage credit: The Local INN.terior 新家室

While minimal, their contemporary open-concept kitchen has modern farmhouse undertones in muted hues. Printed floor tiles in a quarter circle also plainly demarcate the kitchen area from the living space. The homeowners also made sure to plan for ample built-in storage. 

hdb renovationImage credit: The Local INN.terior 新家室

At $55K, the reno project also features an LED illuminated platform bed in the master bedroom with an adjacent walk-in wardrobe and mini study.

btoImage credit: The Local INN.terior 新家室

The tastefully designed walk-in wardrobe that comprises a glass-encased panel to showcase the homeowner’s collection of luxury items. A walk-in wardrobe island is also another highlight of this room.

Total cost of reno: $55,000

3. Modern glam with penthouse vibes

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This next reno has all the bells and whistles of a sophisticated home without over-the-top opulence. This modern Sumang Lane reno checks all the boxes for a feature wall, built-in carpentry, open-kitchen plus kitchen island and built-in carpentry with a total reno bill of $60,000. 

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It’s good to note that this cost includes the full scope of works from laying a whole new flooring and tiles, the hacking of walls for the creation of their glass-enclosed study, painting, plumbing and the installation of their air-conditioning units.

hdb renovationThere’s even a platform bed in the master bedroom and a built-in headboard and bedside table.
Image credit: Image Creative Design Pte Ltd

Total cost of reno: $60,000

4. Mid-Century Modern with a twist

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When it comes to renovating a BTO, a $60K budget is a hefty amount that can help you afford all the costlier aspects of renovation. In this particular Bedok South BTO project, the homeowners went all out to conceal their bomb shelter with black fluted panels to give the home a sleek, modern look. 

Built-in shoe storage on the left of the bomb shelter also gives the homeowners more storage and rectangular wooden cubby holes break the monotony of an all-black feature storage area. 

hdb renovationImage credit: ChengYi Interior Design

Some other notable features of this home reno are the quarter circle flooring and the parallel curves of the false ceiling to segment the kitchen and dining area from the main living space.  

btoImage credit: ChengYi Interior Design

The home also features accent walls in multiple areas from the living room to the master bedroom, alongside false ceilings in most rooms to conceal the electrical wiring for their appliances and an arched entryway from the bedroom to the adjacent galley-style walk-in wardrobe.

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The bathrooms stick mostly to a monochromatic colour scheme with a variety of tiles from glossy subway ones for one bathroom to matte kitkat tiles in another with a pop of terrazzo in the shower area to add more character to the space.

Total cost of reno: $60,000

5. Contemporary minimalism

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Let’s dive straight into this $54K Tampines GreenVerge reno: this home boasts floor-to-ceiling storage on one side of the living, a featured wall to hide the entryways to the bedrooms, and false ceilings to hide all electrical work.

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The home’s wet kitchen features a compact kitchen countertop and backsplash, kinetic switches and embedded LED lights. The opposite wall houses a washer and dryer with a built-in countertop that doubles up as the home’s dry pantry.

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As detailed by their ID, Stylemyspace, apart from carpentry, other costs in this reno project came from hacking, tiling, flooring, and other glasswork such as the fabrication of the glass-encased wardrobe in the master bedroom.

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The home’s two bathrooms have industrial-Scandi vibes and feature a mix of stone and wood-look tiles and a wooden veneer vanity countertop.

Total cost of reno: $54,000

6. Modern Muji-inspired

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The Muji aesthetic is equal parts clean lines and wooden hues, and this Tampines BTO embodies the Muji aesthetic with a fun and quirky twist. From an illuminated open curved corner shelf to display the homeowners’ collection of Bearbricks to a split white-wood ceiling, this home makes us feel as though we’re stepping foot into a modern Japanese apartment.

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A wooden shiplap-encased bomb shelter? Check. Wood-covered ceiling? Check. An all-wood kitchen? Triple check.

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The Muji aesthetic is synonymous with minimalism, but if the minimal life isn’t your cup of tea, then smartly concealed storage like the ones in this home will secretly hide all your barang for a clutter-free space.

Total cost of reno: $60,000

7. Japanese eclectic

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Another Japanese-inspired home on the list is this Tampines Street 61 project which is a mishmash of traditional Japanese design elements such as a raised tatami platform in place of a sofa. Apart from that built-in feature, the living room is a multi-functional space that transforms into a games room with the homeowners’ foldable pool table.

btoImage credit: D5 Studio Image

The kitchen is another fully transformed area of the house that looks the part of a typical Tokyo apartment with square, white tiles that are characteristic of most Japanese homes, and warm wood for the cabinets.

hdb renovationThe bathrooms also sport the same white tiles on the walls with pops of wood, giving the home a seamless look.
Image credit: D5 Studio Image

hdb renovationImage credit: D5 Studio Image

The Japanese platform makes a reappearance in the bedroom where a platform bed rests on large format wooden slabs. An open-concept wardrobe in black also adds dimension to the room with contrasting colour and clean lines.

Total cost of reno: $54,000

4-Room BTO Renovations Under $60K

While resale flats are notorious for bumping reno prices up, BTO renovations, on the other hand, are known to be a lot more reasonable in terms of pricing. If you’re a newly-minted homeowner excited to start your home reno journey, these 7 home reno projects will give you a gauge of the kind of magic your interior designers can work with a $60K budget.

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