Condo Renovation and Interior Design in Singapore
Renovation Package & Designs for your condominium
It is commonplace to hear about the hefty cost of renovation for apartments in Singapore, be it for Housing Development Board (HDB) flats or private condominiums. Pertaining to condominiums, the average cost has been said to be an estimated $100 per square feet area, with various factors affecting the final cost – from design to materials. With the hefty cost involved, it is important as consumer to be aware and alert of what you are paying for. Not only does this make you more informed as a consumer, but you can also positioned yourself to enjoy better savings during the course of your renovation planning.
What is in a renovation package?
If you are a first-time homeowner or if it has been a while since you last undertook renovation works for your home, it is good to be aware of the goods and services subsumed under a renovation package.
- Consultation and project management constitutes the first element – When you first approach an interior design company, the first question you would likely be asked is your budget. With an approximate budget, the interior designer can then begin planning for your ideal home. All the designing process such as space planning, proposed drawings and choice of materials also has costing involved considering that it constitutes an interior designer’s effort and time in planning and putting your home together. Kindly take note that the design fees will also be influenced by the how design centric the firm is – as a company with more focus and specialty in designing will likely charge more.
- Electrical work i.e. installation of whole unit lightings is another service provided by the home renovation company. There are professional workers and technicians who will work on fixing the electrical system in your house. Hence, you will be paying for both service and materials. The estimated cost for this service can range between $1,000 and $5,000.
- Similar to electric work is the plumbing work, which also comprise of services of hired plumbers to install your bathroom and the associated accessories like mirror or waterpipe. The plumbing cost can range between $500 and $2,000.
- Painting is also another added cost and this service is usually taken along within a renovation package, considering that a new coat of paint can affect the overall outlook of your home.
- Other services chargeable under the renovation package includes carpentry work for your living room, master bedroom etc. and
- Miscellaneous and cleaning work upon completion of renovation – to ensure a finesse look before you receive your keys.
To achieve a good, worthwhile costing, it is vital to do thorough planning to ensure that there is no unforeseen cost incurred. Do take note as well that certain style may cause slightly more than others – for example a contemporary and transitional style for a four-room apartment averaged about $82,000 each while the Industrial and Vintage design is about $20,000 cheaper at $60,000 and $62,000 respectively. With a style in mind and thorough planning together with your interior designer of choice, not only will you be assured of a smoother process but it also helps maximise time while minimising cost.
Talking about design and its implication on cost, it would perhaps put homeowners on edge deciding between the choice of achieving your desired home and maximising your budget and savings. However, with a budget in mind and planning in place, there are more room for discussions to see how the designer can accommodate your style within the expected budget. If you are still considering on the condominium design to adopt for your home, below we share with you two of the most famous condominium design in Singapore for your reviewing:
Scandivanian style is increasingly becoming the go-to option for many homeowners. It refers to the Nordic-influenced design, characterised by simplicity, functionality and minimalism. Those who visit Ikea showroom may be familiar with this style as most of Ikea showcases are Scandinavian in essence as well. In fact, one could say that Ikea popularised the idea of Scandinavian design within Singapore. Another common feature for this style includes the use of wooden hues and the choice to go neutral for the colouring. Several condominium owners who have opted for the Scandinavian style have paid a cost of between S$25,000 and S$55,000, which is within the market range.
Another fashion trend in interior design is the Industrial concept. From the name itself, one would likely think of cement, silver and metallic hues adorning your home. Indeed, if this crossed your mind, you are not far away. The industrial design in particular refers to an unfinished look, which combines both function and style. A commonplace feature includes exposed brick walls or pipes, cement flooring or metallic plates as wall. All these elements interplay to bring out a rugged, edgy vibe. At the same time, the complementary use of wooden accents provides a cosy and warm touch to the industrial outlook. As aforementioned, going Industrial is one of the more cost savings options – being on the lower range of costing for renovation style. A worthy option indeed.