Home Tour: An interior designer spent ,000 on renovation for his 40-year-old resale 3-room HDB
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Home Tour: An interior designer spent $45,000 on renovation for his 40-year-old resale 3-room HDB

When homeowner and interior designer John Susanto bought this then run-down 40-year-old resale HDB flat, it was in desperate need of a complete renovation.

The 3-room HDB resale unit had all the telltale signs of aging – exposed electrical trunking, peeling pink paint on the walls, and dated mosaic tile flooring. John had his work cut out for him to transform this drab space into a modern, stylish home.

With a budget of just $45,000 for the resale HDB renovation, he devised a smart reconfiguration to maximize the small square footage while injecting his unique design flair.

HDB living room renovation

The focal point of the open-concept living room is the striking feature wall facing the main entrance. It immediately draws the eye with its rustic wood slat accent paneling. Guests may not even realize at first glance that there are two bedrooms tucked discreetly behind the panel of walls extending into the kitchen area.

By relocating the bedroom entrances, homeowner and interior designer John was able to create the illusion of a much larger living space.

The fibre glass human bust and three-panel painting of the human silhouette make John’s bedroom resemble a chic art gallery in interior designer John Susanto's 3-room resale HDB flat.
The fibre glass human bust and three-panel painting of the human silhouette make John’s bedroom resemble a chic art gallery in interior designer John Susanto’s 3-room resale HDB flat.

The bedroom has an eclectic art gallery vibe thanks to John’s curated decor pieces. A life-size fibreglass human bust sculpture makes a bold statement, complemented by a three-panel painting depicting the human silhouette.

These modern art pieces give the small room a sophisticated, almost museum-like ambiance. The renovation for this HDB bedroom is minimal yet impactful.

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Utilising a monotone scheme and keeping the height of furnishings low are key to giving this room a spacious feel in interior designer John Susanto's 3-room resale HDB flat.
Utilising a monotone scheme and keeping the height of furnishings low are key to giving this room a spacious feel in interior designer John Susanto’s 3-room resale HDB flat.

Dark, monochrome bedroom

In the master suite, John employed a tranquil, monochromatic color scheme of greys, whites and blacks. All the furnishings are low-profile to enhance the sense of spaciousness.

The feature wall behind the bed makes use of textured, black wallcovering for depth and dimension. A decorative silver floral sprig mounted on this accent wall provides a touch of shimmering elegance. This HDB renovation shows that even a small master can feel luxuriously expansive through thoughtful design.

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$45,000 renovation cost

John’s $45,000 resale HDB renovation demonstrates his philosophy of introducing creative, personal flourishes into a space through economical means. With smart space planning and purposeful decor selections, he elevated this once dated and drab flat into a truly unique, modern showpiece home.

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