How long will renovation take?

When you engage Style Rider, all planning and resources will be done and agreed upon before work is started. Upon the approval of paper works, your renovation should take a maximum of one month, provided there are no additional changes.

Renovating your new house has many benefits, most significant of which is that it allows you to customize your space in a way that makes it more enjoyable and useful to you.

Transform a spare bedroom into a walk-in closet; tear down that wall and build that dream open-concept kitchen; go all-out and turn your living room into a home theatre; or build that hobby-room-slash-studio you’ve always wanted. When a space is catered specifically to your needs and your lifestyle, it’s one step closer to becoming your home.

So now that you’ve set your budget, chosen your ID firm, gotten your design concept down, and selected all your tiles and paint swatches, how much time do you need to set aside for the actual renovation process?

Here are some of the main factors that will affect your renovation timeline.


Type of Property

The most popular and common housing in Singapore is the Housing Development Board (HDB) properties. The Build-To-Order (BTO) flats by HDB are usually the most straightforward in the sense that they’re like painting on a blank canvas – there’s no need to strip any existing installations so work can start almost immediately. Applying for any necessary HDB renovation permits are also pretty standard, and HDB-approved contractors would already be familiar with the process, so that streamlines things.

On the other hand, renovation permits for private properties like condos are overseen and approved by their respective Management Corporation Strata Titles (MCSTs). Some managements are stricter with their regulations, or may have a different set of processes and paperwork to be filled. Depending on how quickly you get these permits approved, your timeline may be affected.

Extent of Renovation

It seems a no-brainer that the more you want done, the more time you should set aside. However, some homeowners still have unrealistic expectations about how much time is really required.

In reality, a complete overhaul takes around 8 to 10 weeks, depending on how much wet works are required. Wet works include any hacking, tiling, and masonry work. Smaller-scale projects may take between six to eight weeks.

Unforeseen Circumstances

The most common wrench that’s thrown in the works of any renovation process is the dreaded “unforeseen circumstances” but how you deal with them goes a long way to keeping your timeline as close to the original as possible.

An inevitable fact with resale flats or condos is that with age comes deterioration. Audrey shared an anecdote about an incident where the contractor only realised after they had started work on the ceiling that the main water pipes were badly corroded. They advised the homeowners and gave them options – fix them and take a chunk out of your budget for other things, or leave them and risk them bursting any time. As the client made a quick decision, it only took an extra couple of days to fix the issue and everything could proceed on schedule.


It’s understandable that you might want to make changes – perhaps that colour you liked as a paint chip looks different once it’s been magnified onto your wall, or you realised that the bedroom looks too cramped with that built-in cupboard. Whatever the case, changes take time and money.

One of the most time-consuming changes is with custom carpentry. It takes about three weeks to complete a custom carpentry job. Depending on how far along the project is at the point of change, you should be prepared to extend your timeline by another 2 weeks.

Renovation Period

Festive periods are some of the worst times to have your renovations scheduled. This is especially the case in Singapore, when most contractors close for extended periods during Chinese New Year and Hari Raya. Even if they do work through the holidays, their workers will be stretched thin, which means slower progress for you. Be prepared to add up to another two weeks to your timeline if your renovations are scheduled too close to festive periods.

Other important considerations

From the first consultation with an ID to the final handover, four months is a comfortable and realistic time frame. This gives enough time for you to pick all the little details like lighting, tiles, custom counter-tops, and all the other finishing that will make your home yours.

Timelines are never straightforward. Multiple works can occur concurrently, or one job can be broken up into separate phases, so it’s never as simple as moving from A to B to C. While there are many permutations to a renovation timeline, the key is to always plan ahead and provide buffer for any last-minute changes, unforeseen circumstances, or delays.


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Average Cost of Home Renovation in Singapore

If you are looking to remodel a home, what are the costs you can expect? Will the cost of a remodel also be sky high? For most consumers, there are two reasons they consider a home remodel in the first place:

  • They own a home and are looking to improve the quality and value.
  • They are interested in buying a depressed home, and want to know how much it will cost to renovate the property. If the renovation will be required, the renovation cost is effectively part of the purchase price from the buyer’s perspective.

Whichever situation you are in, it is a great starting point to understand the average cost of a home renovation within Singapore. Keep reading to find data on the average cost of a home remodel and some questions you should consider before getting started.

Average Cost of Home Renovation for a 4-room HDB Flat

We calculated the average cost of home renovation based on a 4-room HDB flat since it represents the biggest proportion of residences in Singapore (32% of all homes). According to research, the average cost of home renovation for a 4-room HDB resale flat is near to $55,000. This cost includes all of the raw material required and the labour needed to complete the project. In general, there are seven major components you will need to pay for

Remodelling AreaAverage CostNote
DemolitionS$3000-$5000This is based on removing loads of existing built-in items
PlumbingS$800-900S$250-S$400 per bathroom & kitchen
ElectricalS$2,000-$3500If you’re keen to do up many power supplies at each area, you should be looking at a higher cost
Flooring and TilingS$8000-$20000S$8,000-S$20,000 depending on the tiles design you are choosing, also based on the method of laying
Plastering Works$2000 -$3000Depending on the condition of the interior unit
PaintS$1,400Depending on the amount of colors you choose to use, and also if you were to work on any fancy designs on the walls
Carpentry WorkS$8000 – $20000If you’re looking at alot of built-ins, then you should be looking at the higher cost
ApplianceS$7,500A/C, Washing Machines, etc.

At any one of these seven steps, your choice of materials can decrease the cost of a remodel substantially. For instance, instead of opting for hacking of the living wall and bedroom floorings, you may opt to use vinyl flooring as an overlay option to save on the hacking cost. For instance, below is a table that shows the range of pricing for each flooring material options. When we are talking about 101-140 sq. meters of floor area, a difference of S$5-10 per square meter could be a huge difference.


Flooring MaterialLow End CostAverage CostHigh End Cost
MarbleS$15 per square footS$12.5 per square footS$20 per square foot
GraniteS$18 per square footS$15 per square footS$30 per square foot
ParquetS$12 per square footS$10.5 per square footS$18 per square foot
LaminateS$4 per square footS$3.50 per square footS$8 per square foot
VinylS$5 per square footS$6.40 per square footS$7.50 per square foot
Ceramic/TilesS$3.20 per square footS$8 per square footS$15 per square foot
Installation LabourS$4 per square footS$6 per square footS$9 per square foot


If money is an issue, consider the raw material at every step of the process and see if cheaper solutions exist. On top of this raw material cost, completing a portion of the work yourself can be a great way to save on labour.


Average Cost of Home Renovation Depending on Style


Although the average cost of renovating a home is around S$55,000, this cost could actually vary heavily depending on how you redesign your residence. There are largely 9 different style categories that people choose in Singapore. Below, we feature the average cost of home renovation using a HDB resale 4-room flat type to display each design’s costings.

StyleAverage Cost

Other than renovation costs, it is also advisable to factor in furniture so you will get an idea of how much is the total spending for your apartment. We hope this has been a great help to you, feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

Design Trends in Singapore 2

Current Tnterior Design Trends in Singapore 2

Previously, we talked about current trends in Singapore, today we will look more into themes that are up-and-coming, gives off a different vibe from the more popular trends of the last post.

Minimalism is a trend slowly rising in today’s lifestyle. Decluttering, reducing redundant items and being efficient are some facets of minimalism. You can never go wrong with a minimalist-themed home that looks super clean, neat and rid of clutter. This is an epitome of simple living and making your home a timeless masterpiece. Feel free to play around with materials like wood, cement floors and metallic elements to give your new home a touch that is uniquely you.

Add a tiny piece of heritage into your new home with pattered Peranakan tiles. These tiles are fast gaining popularity amongst those who desire to style their house after simplicity but also want a touch of uniqueness in their home. Laying your entire house with patterned tiles may become too much of an eye sore, instead use it to accentuate a small area of your room where you’d like to have your eyes focus on.

Bohemian, or “Boho,” decorating is for those who want their homes full of life, culture, and interesting items for all the world to see. It flies in the face of modern sensibilities and embraces the carefree, the relaxed, and the unusual. And while Boho rooms tend to have certain similarities—they’re always eclectic and share some of the same features—no two are completely alike.

Boho is inspired by people who choose to lead an unconventional life: travellers, actors, writers. Its style incorporates those ideals, combining objects, colours, and patterns from many walks of life and many areas of the world. If you’re looking for a style that you can truly make your own, Boho might be for you.

Muji homes or Japanese-style homes are designed to be clean and soothing on the eyes, yet it has to be functional at the same time. Although this can often be confused with the minimalist style, a Japanese styled home incorporates more wooden elements into its design. In this design, white walls are often accompanied by wooden elements to open the space, along with clever storage ideas so that your home will look uncluttered and neat.

With more jobs allowing you to work from the sweet comfort of your own home, why not mark out a space in your new abode so you can do just that? Glass home offices are the new interior design trend that is fast gaining popularity. Its glass walls open up the space but also distinctively separates itself from your living room. With ample natural light flooding in and a clean, minimalist space that’s conducive, you would definitely stay here all day when you don’t have to be in the office.

Modern and Minimalistic theme can go hand in hand as seen in this project that we have done for a previous client. If you would like more recommendations, do drop us an enquiry in this form and our designers will contact you!