New BTO Home Owners Tips: Maximise Your Budget for the Ultimate Renovation

Issue: Aug 2023

New BTO Home Owners Tips: Maximise Your Budget for the Ultimate Renovation

It's exciting to move into a new house, but renovations can be pricey. There are, however, ways to cut costs without sacrificing the appearance and feel of your ideal home. Consider applying these suggestions to your home renovation project to stay within budget.

Tip 1: Upcycle vintage furniture- Give a Modern Twist to Old Pieces

These days, old is new and retro is cool. Adding upcycled or vintage furniture is a great way to add character to your new home while also saving money on renovation. Incorporating vintage pieces into a modern interior creates a unique aesthetic, helping your home stand out from the rest. To add beauty and style to your home, you can for example place a 1980s style TV console in your living room, giving the space character and serving as a focal point and a neat throwback to the family sitcoms many of us grew up watching. Additionally, you are doing your part for the environment by using refurbished furniture. These vintage items are an environmentally friendly choice, giving old items a new life while cutting down on waste.

Tip 2: Incorporate lines and symmetry in your HDB interior design

Creating visual lengths through incorporating lines and symmetry is an underrated way of enhancing the appearance of an interior. Consider using a grid-like pattern on your walls or geometric shapes in your decor, such as a triangle shelf or a hexagonal mirror. Lines and symmetry subconsciously put your mind at ease, evoking a sense of harmony which we could all use after a long day at work. The past decade has seen a greater appreciation for simplicity as homeowners look to create a sophisticated and modern look. Lines and symmetry are a great ways to create a sense of elegance, especially when complimented by appropriate lighting.

Tip 3: Include textiles and textures

If you’re looking to add personality and depth to your home, learn how to best use textures and textiles. When it comes to using textiles, mixing patterns rather than colours should be the goal. When done right, certain combinations can elevate the design of your room, helping you steer clear of a monotonous look. Reference your ideal colour palette, then pick out one or two colours to use with contrasting fabric textures throughout the room. Textile mixing and matching can give your home an opulent feel without the use of expensive materials or doing major structural changes.

Tip 4: Remember to choose your curtains, drapes or blinds wisely

Many new homeowners don’t realise how significant a role window treatments play in terms of the overall visual appeal of a room. Curtains, drapes, and blinds draw attention and define the perspective of the viewer. When deciding the window treatment for your home, choose a versatile style that can work in multiple rooms. Opt for lighter fabrics like cotton or linen to keep your home cool and let air circulate freely. Consider whether your curtains are washing machine friendly. Pricier opulent fabrics often require dry cleaning which can be an additional expense. Blinds, on the other hand, are even simpler to maintain. As they are often made of PVC or wood, giving them the occasional dusting or wipe down should suffice.

Tip 5: Lighting is key

Lighting can be a real game changer when it comes to your home’s interior. It is a cost-effective and effortless way to enhance the appearance of any space. Turn a dull room into a cosy oasis by picking the right lighting. In addition to aesthetics, choosing the right lighting can have long term cost saving benefits. LED bulbs are energy-efficient, which means lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint for your home. Plus, opting for timeless lighting fixtures means you won't have to replace them as often, which can save you even more money.

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Make use of StorHub services for temporary storage spaces

With the uncertainty that comes with construction and renovation, it’s hard to know when exactly your home will be ready to move in. StorHub offers various temporary storage space solutions for different needs. With 24-hour security, you can explore personal storage spaces with flexible storage terms. There is also insurance coverage for added peace of mind. Our conveniently located facilities are accessible whenever you need them, so you can retrieve your items whenever you want. With units ranging from 4 sq ft to 2000 sq ft, you’re sure to find one to match your needs.

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