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Comprehensive Renovation Breakdown Cost of Singapore in 2018

Comprehensive Renovation Breakdown Cost of Singapore in 2018

It has never been easy to manage your renovation budget when you have no idea how much does it cost for each of your renovation activity. To enabling everyone to manage their renovation budget effectively, we have produced an estimated renovation breakdown cost for those common renovation activities.

1. Dismantling and Hacking

Dismantling and hacking is one of the most unwanted works by all of us as it produces noises, debris and dusts. However, it is inevitable when comes to renovation. There are few things to take note in hacking works:-

(a) We DO NOT hack structural member of building like reinforced concrete column, beam, and shear wall as it will impair the structural integrity of the building. However, partition walls like brick walls and plasterboard walls are hackable as they are non load bearing member.

(b) Always check with relevant authority/professionals prior to any hacking of walls. Hacking of certain walls require a permit from the HDB or management of the condominium

(c) A proper protection work needs to be in place prior to the commencement of hacking works. (Note: Kindly check with you renovator if disposal of debris off-site is included in the quotation.)

1. Dismantling and Hacking Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Brick wall and block wall; in whole; in part
i. brick wall not exceeding 200 mm thick, including disposal of debris off-sitem2$40.00 ~ $55.00
2Natural stones; tiles; wash pebbles; the like; wall/ floor finish; cement and sand backing/ bedding scared; whole in part
i. stone/tiles finishes; not exceeding 50mm thickm2$40.00 ~ $55.00
ii. stone/tiles finishes; exceeding 50mm thickm2$60.00 ~ $78.00
3Drywall partitions; in whole; in part; the like
i. brick wall, including disposal of debris off-sitem2$40.00 ~ $55.00
4Cement and sand plaster; paint; in whole; in part
i. cement and sand paving; not exceeding 25mm thickm2$40.00 ~ $50.00

 

2. Wall & Floor Finishes

One of the most common activities in renovation works is the application of wall & floor finishes.  Finishes works involves plastering, skim coating, painting and tiling works. There are few things to take note in wall & floor finishes works:-

(a) In general, the cost of wall finishes work is slightly more expensive than floor finishes as it involves working at height.

(b) The cost of wall and floor finishes is mainly dictated by the type of finishes you choose. (Note: The cost below does not cover the material cost; it is mainly labour cost.)

(c) Waterproofing works need to be done prior to the application of floor finishes at wet areas like bathroom and kitchen. If you do not wish to damage the existing waterproofing system, you may consider overlay the new tiles on the existing tiles instead of hacking the existing tiles)

Renovation breakdown cost_floor finishes
Floor Finishes

2a. Floor Finishes Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Cement and sand paving
i. 25mm thick; finished to fallsm2$22.00 ~ $30.00
ii. 35mm thick; finished to fallsm2$25.00 ~ $33.00
2Cement and sand plaster; paint; in whole; in part
i. cement and sand paving; not exceeding 25mm thickm2$40.00 ~ $50.00
3Lay only homogeneous/ ceramic tiles; cement and sand mortar; bonding adhesives; patterns
i. to floorm2$60.00 ~ $80.00
4Lay only mosaic tiles; cement and sand mortar; bonding adhesive; pattern
i. to floorm2$87.00 ~ $113.00
5Lay only granite/ marble; cement and sand mortar; bonding adhesives; pattern
i. to floorm2$87.00 ~ $113.00
6Wash pebbles; cement and sand mortar; protective impregnator coating
i. to floorm2$87.00 ~ $113.00
7Floor hardener; levelling; curing with compound
i. to floorm2$20.00 ~ $30.00

 

Renovation breakdown cost_wall finishes
Wall Finishes

2b. Wall Finishes Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Cement and sand plaster; plastering admixtures; finished smooth
i. 20mm thick; brickwork; clockwork; concrete surfacem2$45.00 ~ $60.00
2Cement and sand backing; receive marble granite/ homogeneous/ ceramic/ mosaic tiles
i. 20mm thick; brickwork; clockwork; concrete surfacem2$20.00 ~ $28.00
3Skim coat plastering; plasticiser; finished smooth; concrete surfaces
i. to internal wallm2$15.00 ~ $20.00
ii. to external wallm2$17.00 ~ $23.00
4Cement and sand plaster; paint; in whole; in part
i. cement and sand paving; not exceeding 25mm thickm2$40.00 ~ $50.00
5Lay only homogeneous/ ceramic tiles; cement and sand mortar; bonding adhesives; patterns
i. to wallm2$60.00 ~ $80.00
6Lay only mosaic tiles; cement and sand mortar; bonding adhesive; pattern
i. to wallm2$87.00 ~ $120.00
7Lay only granite/ marble; cement and sand mortar; bonding adhesives; pattern
i. to wallm2$87.00 ~ $120.00

 

3. False Ceiling

False ceiling is the immediate component of soffit of slab or roof. It is common for homeowners to create a false ceiling space to hide all the M&E services so that all these services will not be visible to the public. There are few things to take note in this aspects of works:-

(a) In general, there are two types of plasterboard. They are moisture resistance fibrous plasterboard and fibrous plasterboard. For moisture resistance fibrous plasterboard, it is commonly used in wet areas like bathroom and kitchen; However for fibrous plasterboard, it is commonly used in areas like living wall, bedroom where the area is not exposed to any wet activity.

(b) Always check with your renovators if the opening for M&E services and patching works are inclusive in your quotation.

(c) The higher your false ceiling is, the more you need to pay as it involves working at height.

3. False Ceiling Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Moisture resistance fibrous plasterboard
i. 9mm thick not exceeding 3.5m high to ceilingm2$50.00 ~ $100.00
ii. 12mm thick not exceeding 5.0m high to ceilingm2$80.00 ~ $130.00
2Fibrous plasterboard
i. 9mm thick not exceeding 3.5m high to ceilingm2$40.00 ~ $80.00
ii. 12mm thick not exceeding 5.0m high to ceilingm2$70.00 ~ $120.00

 

4. Partition Wall

Partition walls are non load bearing walls. They are constructed of materials like brick walls, plasterboard, light weight block and so on to separate a space from one another. There are few things to take note in this aspect of works:-

(a) The cost is mainly dictated by the type of partition wall you choose. If you intend to create a better sound insulation for your room, you may consider constructing a thicker wall. Or, you may consider applying insulation board on your partition wall.

(b) If your tearing down an existing wall, please check with relevant authority or professionals if the existing walls are load bearing wall. Also, you are required to apply for permit from HDB or the management of condominium to prior to your demolition of walls.

Renovation Breakdown Cost of Singapore in 2017

4. Partition Wall Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Plasterboard wall system
i. to wallm2$110.00 ~ $130.00
2Brick Wall
i. Well burnt solid clay brick; standard size: bedded and jointed; cement and sand mortar; plasticiser
~ 100 thick wall m2$40.00 ~ $52.00
~ 150 thick wall m2$60.00 ~ $75.00
ii. Facing brick wall; first quality; pointed
~ 100 thick wall m2$90.00 ~ $115.00
~ 150 thick wall m2$100.00 ~ $130.00

 

5. Carpentry 

Carpentry involves assembling of timber works like cabinet, tv console, wardrobe and so on. It is kind of a “must” for those not fully furnished houses.

(a) The cost is mainly dictated by the size and dimension of your carpentry work as well as the difficulty level of the works.  Also, your choice of materials (wood) will greatly affect the cost of the work

(b) The precision of the dimension is very important for carpentry work as most of carpentry works are custom-made.

(c) Different kind surface finishes (bare finish, laminate, solid surface) will cost you differently. It is always good to confirm with your carpenter on the cost of different surface finish prior to your order.

5. Carpentry Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Kitchen
i. Kitchen Cabinet (including solid surface)per meter run$500.00 ~ $800.00
2Bedroom
i. Wardrobe (including laminates)per meter run$800.00 ~ $1,500.00
3Bathroom
i. Vanity Table (including solid surface)per meter run$350.00 ~ $550.00

 

6. Electrical Works

6. Electrical Works Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Lighting Point and Wiring
~ Core PVC cable to lighting points including PVC trunking, surface mounted white rocker plate switches:-
i. One lighting point controlled by 1-gang switchsum$60.00 ~ $100.00
ii. Two lighting point controlled by 2-gang switchsum$75.00 ~ $120.00
iii. Three lighting point controlled by 3-gang switchessum$85.00 ~ $125.00
iv. One lighting point controlled by 2-way switchessum$90.00 ~ $130.00
v. One fan point controlled by one switch excluding regulatorsum$90.00 ~ $110.00
2Power Point and Wiring
i. One 13 Amp switch socket outlet (1-gang) with wiringsum$90.00 ~ $120.00
ii. One 13 Amp switch socket outlet (2-gang) with wiringsum$100.00 ~ $130.00
iii. One 15 Amp switch socket outlet (1-gang) with wiringsum$110.00 ~ $140.00
iv. One 20 Amp water heater point with wiringsum$150.00 ~ $180.00

 

7. Plumbing Work

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7. Plumbing Works Cost

S/NDescriptionUnitRate
1Supply and Installation of Sanitary Fitments
~ To supply and install the following inclusive of all connection, necessary pipework and fittings, support, opening
i. Floor trapset$150.00 ~ $200.00
ii. Floor Waste outlet (75 x 75) including grating coverset$50.00 ~ $60.00
iii. Gully Trap including gating coverset$200.00 ~ $250.00
iv. Water Tap (installation only) set$50.00 ~ $80.00
v. Constant Flow Regulatorset$30.00 ~ $40.00
2Installation of Sanitary Fitments
~ To install the following of all connection, necessary pipework and fittings, support, opening
i. Wash Basinset$50.00 ~ $100.00
ii. Sinkset$75.00 ~ $125.00
iii. Squatting type W.Cset$200.00 ~ $300.00
iv. Pedestal type W.C (floor mounted) set$150.00 ~ $200.00
v. Urinal (wall hung) set$150.00 ~ $200.00
vi. Tapset$50.00 ~ $80.00
vii. Automatic sensor type flush valve for Urinal or W.Cset$50.00 ~ $80.00
viii. Manual type flush valve for Urinal or W.Cset$100.00 ~ $120.00

 

Written by: RenoEasi.com 

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A Must Know Renovation Cost that Your Interior Designers Will Not Tell You!

A Must Know Renovation Cost that Your Interior Designers Will Not Tell You!

If 2018 is the year you’ve decided to take on a full-scale renovation venture, then you’re definitely in luck. We’ve compiled a comprehensive breakdown of renovation cost that your Interior Designers will not tell you. It will determine your renovation cost and budget along with how certain things may end up affecting the timeline and overall look of your project. Let’s take a look:

1. Dismantling & Disposal Cost

Dismantling basically means tearing down some of the existing walls or construction works in order to accommodate your ideal interior design. It can be hard, brutal and sometimes dangerous work – especially if there is fear of any structural damage.

HDB authorizes have special guidelines for those who want to dismantle some of the existing construction in order to accommodate their new designs. In order to ensure that there is no damage to the load-bearing or sheer walls (or even the concrete structural skeleton), you’d have to hire a ‘Qualified Person’ to evaluate and submit the new designs to the relevant Authorities. Only when the design is approved can you proceed with your renovation.

Interior Designers Renovation Cost_Dismantling and Hacking Cost

2. Labour Cost for Laying Floor Finishes

There are two things that you need to know about floor finishes:-

– According to the HDB guidelines, the total thickness of your floor finishes must not exceed 50mm.

– Similarly, you have to invest in proper waterproofing in accordance with the HDB guidelines for wet areas such as bathroom and kitchen.

Both of these ventures are definitely essential and they’ll certainly add to your renovation cost.

Interior Designers Renovation Cost_Labour Cost for Floor Finishes

3. Labour Cost for Installing Wall Finishes

Some interior designers and renovators may charge wall finishes slightly higher than floor finishes work. It is mainly because it involves working at height. Same as floor finishes, it requires waterproofing works as well for the kitchen, bathroom and all other wet areas.

Renovation Cost_Labour Cost for Wall Finishes

4. Material Cost of Floor & Wall Finishes

It is important to note that various tiles from various brands have their own unique prices. It all depends on the quality and the material – ceramic tiles are usually less costly than porcelain, but definitely not as durable. Similarly, vinyl is more flexible both according to price range and durability. Note that on top of the material price, you need to add in the labour cost for laying the tiles, as shown in Picture 2 and 3.

Renovation Cost_Material Cost for Wall and Floor Finishes

5. False Ceiling

As for the false ceiling, here are a few major things you have to remember:

– The clear height from the floor finishes to the false ceiling must be 2.4m according to the HDB guidelines.

– All the materials used in the false ceiling must not be flammable.

– And lastly, you cannot design storage spaces inside the gap between the false ceiling and the roof.

Of course the cost of light fixtures, labour and installation are also going to add in this part of the budget.

Renovation Cost_False Ceiling

6. Partition Walls

Partition walls are of different types. Your renovation cost will come full-circle according to the kind you want to go for. You can make it permanent with brick-and-mortar construction. Or you can go for plasterboard as well – light, breezy and perpetually temporary.

Renovation Cost_Partition Wall

7. Carpentry Works

From the shelving design to even the media wall construction, carpentry works can cost a lot – especially if your designs are customized. This means that most of the major built-in furniture in your house is going to cost a lot more if the timber work calls for specialized labour and machinery. The cost of your wood – be it MDF or hardwood – is also going to matter when constructing a rough estimate.

Renovation Cost_Carpentry Works 1

Renovation Cost_Carpentry Works 2

8. Feature Wall

If you’d like to dress your interior designs on a different floor or wall tiles to create visual diversity, then it’s going to add to your renovation cost. Of course, the cost of your interior design will vary according to the kind of finish and brand you go for.

Renovation Cost_Feature Wall

9. Electrical Works

Electrical works include all the socket, DB, and other electrical points you need installed in your interior design. It includes wiring of the light points and fan points. The quality of your wiring is going to determine this part of your renovation cost.

Renovation Cost_Electrical Works

10. Plumbing Works

For bathroom renovation, the guide below may help estimate the installation cost of sanitary fitments. However, the price for sanitary products are varied and depends on the quality, brand, type and sizes.

Renovation Cost_Plumbing Works

A Must Know Renovation Cost that Your Interior Designers Will Not Tell You!

We hope this extensive list helps you get an idea of current market prices and how you can make a rough estimation. Always get at least 3 quotes from different interior designers and renovation contractor. Please click here to get free quotations from trusted interior designers and renovation contractors.