Renovation Cost: $ 80,000
Furnishing Cost: $ 25,000
Grand Total: $105,000
This tranquil, Japanese tea-room style HDB is a complete overhaul from how it first looked; A conventional, albeit dated house with burdensome pillars and (the horror!) wired window grilles that bring to mind security fences.
Before: Pillars, protruding beams and ceiling fans frankly look passe; Plus, they make the space look shorter than it really is.
After: To achieve that minimalist/Zen style, the fancy wall and ceiling embellishments were taken off, leaving only the structural beams. Unsightly details like the switch box and wiring were also concealed with an in-built cabinet.
Before: What's most concerning here is the narrow arch into the kitchen. It hardly lets any light in, making it look like a literal hole-in-the-wall.
After: Separated by a glass partition, the kitchen and dining areas are now combined to form an brighter, uninterrupted space. Kitchen countertops are also smartly extended to form an island-style dining table.
Before: With worn fittings and grimy, porcelain tiles, the bathroom is functional, but not something to you'd look forward to entering.
After: Don't want the years of wear and tear to show? Choose a darker scheme instead. Brown tiles in all colours and textures are used to dress this luxurious bathroom, replete with a built-in bathtub!
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