Good interior design and renovation need not be expensive
When we started this blog slightly more than a year ago, our goal was to spend S$50,000 or less on renovating our second-hand 1550 sq ft condo unit.
Main renovation work took place between Feb – May 2014, and we moved in late May 2014 with an incomplete kitchen. The kitchen was only fully done at the end of June 2014. Our budget of S$50,000 was for the main renovation work and appliances needs, including:
There was of course a lot of other items that we would need on a daily basis (like a laundry rack) and a few good-to-haves (e.g. cow hide rug, dryer) after we moved in, and it is this bit of the budget that we did not include in the S$50,000 outlay.
The excel spreadsheet I prepared and attached below will give you a pretty accurate breakdown of how we spent our S$50,000. We did overshoot our budget slightly (about $700+). Some items we underestimated the cost, some we overestimated. Some we decided to pay more for quality, such as a better mattress for the kid’s bed. Some we didn’t anticipate at all, such as the PE approval required before we can hack a wall. But overall, we did stick to our budget.
To keep to our S$50,000 budget, we decided to cut some costs by:
After we moved in, I quickly realized that we were spending a significant amount on miscellaneous items such as pots and pans, cutlery, dryer racks, storage racks, etc. I was constantly running to IKEA or Harvey Norman or whatever was on discount. Some were avoidable, others were spent out of necessity. But these quickly added up to another S$3,645 in our household expenditure within the six months of moving in. These have abated somewhat now that we are more settled in.
So here you go – our breakdown of the $50,000 challenge. And am glad to report – WE DID IT!
(Click below to download the Excel spreadsheet)