Big or small, it’s possible to find the right look and renovation budget for your new condo apartment!
Though they’re high-rise dwellings just like their HDB flat counterparts, many Singapore homeowners view condominiums to be more premium. And considering the myriad of private facilities that they come with, like swimming pools and gyms, plus the higher price tags which they command on the property market, it’s no wonder we we view them in that light.
That said, because new condo units usually come with carpentry and fully fitted kitchens, their renovation costs can be significantly lower than that of HDB flats or resale condos. The main factor determining the cost of a new condo’s renovation, then, lies in how much of these pre-fitted furnishings you wish to change.
Putting aside all these distinctions, it’s often tough for a new homeowner to maximise/plan their renovation spending without first having a mental picture of what’s achievable with their budget. So, to help you out, here’s a list of 10 new condominium apartments with renovation costs ranging from $22,000 to $95,000!
1. Condo apartment at Stirling Residences (Renovation Cost: $20,000)
No doubt the goal of renovating this three-bedder condo apartment at Stirling Residences was to turn it into a simple, comfortable abode. And with a home makeover price tag of just $20,000, we’d say this is a successful renovation in terms of balancing aesthetics with budget.
For one, opting for loose furnishings in most spaces, and sticking with the fittings that came with the 70 sqm apartment, helped the homeowners to pinch pennies and spend where it counts: for instance, to set up extra storage along the entrance, and to spruce up the bathroom.
Departing from the modern-luxe look many condo apartments tend to have, this 132 sqm Jadescape apartment embraces a cosy minimalist luxe look infused with a variety of textures, ranging from the limewash paint running across the entire home to wood-tone furniture and rattan pieces.
Much like the previous home, the look is overall a clean and smooth one, but the higher renovation cost can be attributed to the fact that more works were done, such as electrical rewiring and the use of limewash paint.
In a 68 sqm apartment like this, there’s no doubt that maximising space becomes one of the biggest goals, and the homeowner has certainly accomplished the task.
The living/dining space features a concrete screed peninsula with a unique curve designed to comfortably seat three while taking up less walking space – take notes for snazzy yet practical design elements!
Another of the space-saving highlights is the desk that can be tucked into the wardrobe in the bedroom when not in use. That’s one more great idea for you to consider if space is a concern in your own home.
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4. Condo Apartment at Artra (Renovation Cost: $43,000)
Warm lighting and sleek built-ins/furnishings are the keys to unlocking the swanky look of this 114 sqm, three-bedder home at The Artra – but that’s not all it has to offer in the feature department.
Go past the cosy communal areas and further into the house, and you’ll find an extra-spacious bedroom, where one half is taken up by a king-sized bed with a panoramic view of the Alexandra neighbourhood and the other, a walk-in wardrobe with all the fixtures necessary for storing a selection of clothes, accessories, personal belongings, and more.
This 103 sqm apartment sports a modern look with luxurious elements that are tastefully done: white and beige are the backdrop for gold accents and the fluted TV feature wall adds sleek lines to the space for visual interest.
While such a space could look cold and more like a hotel than a home, the layered ambient lighting warms up the spaces. Even at the dining area, a pendant light – effectively the centrepiece – illuminates the peninsula.
The reflective backing of the settee bounces the light to amplify the grand effect.
Considering that there’s an impressive walk-in wardrobe in one room, and a customised platform bed-cum-study in another, it’s safe to say that a sizeable portion of the $46,000 renovation budget also went to custom carpentry.
Even at a glance, it’s clear that creating comfort, for both its furry and human occupants, was the primary focus of this 138 sqm Rivercove Residence apartment’s makeover.
In addition to a lush, nature-inspired balcony and a feature ceiling like none other, the renovation, which cost $50,000, also resulted in the creation of a posh bedroom and walk-in closet, both filled with sumptuous fabric layers that take them from ‘everyday’ to ‘extraordinary’.
The owners of this 105 sqm apartment set out to give it a glamorous makeover that included flooring and tiling works, constructing a ‘sliding’ feature wall that can partially cover the TV, and installing a false ceiling for magnetic track lights.
Compared to the abundance of gold accents and glossy finishes in the communal areas, the bedroom is a darker affair, with understated strips of gold for the accent wall and a bold painting that complements the restful mood.
A single look is enough to convey the instant charm of this 3-bedder’s interior style, which is a nod to Nyon being a Peranakan-inspired condo development.
The light diffusing into the space through the (admittedly envy-inducing) double-height windows and day curtains create a soft lighting while traditional elements are married with more modern ones for a look that is cosy and welcoming.
Take, for example, the sofa with its soft curves, backed by the wainscoting climbing up the wall in the living room.
There are also the delightful (and typically costly) details like the fluted TV feature wall under the staircase and textured bathroom tiling.
Awkward corners tend to make things, well, awkward… but the owners of this 121 sqm apartment took their home’s unusual layout in stride to create a homey and inviting space.
The blend of wood tones used for the furniture, along with old-school touches like the breeze blocks, help to create a cosy effect from the moment you step in. With pops of colour like the yellow throw pillows, you can amp up the cheer too.
The living room is free of built-ins, save for the shoe cabinet by the entrance. Besides helping to keep it breezy, it meant the homeowners could invest more in other parts of the house, floor and wall tiling in the kitchen and the bathroom.
With a renovation cost of $95,000, this 130 sqm condominium apartment at Jade Residences has the priciest makeover out of all of the homes featured on this list.
The highlight is definitely the quirky geometric ceiling in the dining room that challenges the boundaries of what a ceiling looks like (in other words, flat and perhaps boring).
There’s a feature wall in this space too, with a play on shapes that continues along the wall and camouflages the door leading to the master bedroom.
Peek into another room and discover a study – complete with a loft (thanks to the height of the apartment), with neat niches built under the staircase and between the steps for storing books.
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This article was originally published on 26 November 2021 and last updated on 26 July 2023.
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