From the kitchen to the bedroom and the flooring, here's a breakdown of how much you'll need to fork out to renovate your 4-room HDB flat.
When planning your budget, be realistic. If you want marble flooring, factor that in. If you have a strict $30,000 budget to keep to, be prepared to adjust your choice of materials. Here’s a rough estimate of the cost of a typical four-room HDB apartment renovation. Prices vary based on material and labour cost fluctuation. Design: TLD., Design This story was first published on Home & Decor June 2018 by property columnist Stella Thng. The cheapest material is cement screed, which starts from $3psf for the basic, old-school type, to $15psf for the glossy and coloured variety. Laminate flooring starts from $4psf. Vinyl starts from $6, parquet from $7, ceramic tiles from $11.50, homogeneous tiles from $12, and timber floor from $16. Design: Hello Embryo The prices of marble ($12 to $30psf) and granite ($14 to $35psf) can vary widely, depending on quality. Expect to pay between $5 and $12psf for the installation. Design: Eightytwo Plastering starts from $4psf. Wallpaper can be as cheap as $2psf. Set aside at least $1,300 for painting for a four-room flat. Timber wall panels, depending on the design, can set you back $15psf and above. Or go fancy and pick a marble feature wall, from $25psf. See also: $60K AND BELOW: 7 STYLISH APARTMENT RENOVATIONS YOU HAVE TO SEE Design: Aiden T Depending on the complexity of the design, a TV console and display cabinet cost $2,000 and up. Bedroom wardrobes cost from $310 per foot run. A customised bed frame and side tables cost $2,000 upwards, while a study table fit for a professional executive can cost $1,000. Design: Eightytwo A good wooden bedroom door starts from $800 onwards, or from $1,200 for pivot doors. Tempered glass doors for a study or kitchen start from $750, and from $1,000 for sliding doors. A fire-rated front door costs at least $1,400. Design: PIU Design Hacking an entire four-room flat costs about $4,500. Plaster ceilings cost $4psf and up. Overhauling the wiring and lighting starts from $4,000 Design: Ensemble Plumbing costs between $1,000 and $4,000, depending on the complexity of your kitchen and toilet works. Kitchen cabinets start from $250 per foot run. Depending on your choice of tabletop, solid surface is the most affordable at $50 per foot run onwards; quartz starts at $80 per foot run; and stone tops like granite or marble begins at $90 per foot run. See also: SMALL HOME? SEE THESE STYLISH WAYS YOU CAN STILL HAVE A KITCHEN ISLAND Design: Wal Associates Ceramic tiles start from $11.50psf. As for toilet doors, they start from $500; bi-fold aluminium doors cost about $550 onwards but they save space compared to a full swing door. A shower screen will set you back at least $650, but it will keep the rest of your toilet nice and dry! See also: 9 CREATIVE WAYS TO GIVE YOUR HDB BATHROOM A MAKEOVER Design: Wynk; Collaborative It is easy to get carried away when renovating your home so do set a budget and keep to it. Factor in a little extra, in case of unforeseen costs. Don’t be stuck in such terrible debt that you have a showhome-worthy kitchen, but can’t afford to fill your empty fridge! Design: Millimeters Studio This article was first published on Home & Decor June 2018 issue.