Best Small Home Designs On a Budget

Kaodim will start to regularly feature some great small interior design ideas from all around Malaysia and Singapore.  Below we have 3 well-designed homes from Singapore to start with.  Singapore has set a good standard for good interior design and it a useful reference point to achieving looks that are trendy, tasteful and suitable for Malaysian climate.  Achieving any of these looks for your home is very possible and probably not that expensive.  You can achieve this look on your own without hiring an interior designer.

We’ll help you estimate the costs for each look based on average labour charges obtained from over 2,000 quotations that have been issued by home renovation contractors on Kaodim.  Charges displayed are only for labour to install and do not include the fittings.

Similar looking furniture can be found at places like Timeless Design, Fiske, Gudang, or Janine which are popular destinations in the Damansara area.  Ikea is also a great place to look for furniture pieces that replicate classic but trendy designs at an affordable price.  Check out these three great designs and our breakdown of how much you might have to pay your home renovation contractor to obtain each look.

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This design utilizes spot lighting to accentuate framed photographs, which is great.  It has balanced it out with soft fluorescent lighting underneath a plaster ceiling.  The layered ceiling gives the room an extra dimension but has avoided cornices or other plaster ceiling features which detract from simplicity and tidiness.  The design also utilises colour well with minimal accent features (namely the turquoise 3 seaters) and maintaining a similar neutral tone for the rest of the home.  No tacky multi coloured carpets.  Keep them plain.

If you calculate the labour charges for installing the lights, concrete floor according to the size of the room you wish to redecorate, you’ll get an idea of how much a renovation contractor might charge you to achieve this look.

This is not a big space so choosing white paint for walls, floors and doors was a good choice.  The brick wall adds texture to the look while rustic, vintage furniture pieces and accents add character to a practical, simple set up.  This simple look can be achieved easily on a budget.  Get your renovation contractor to keep lighting on the skirts of your plaster ceiling and place them at the right locations so you can optimise the installation costs for electrician services.


This is a robust, masculine look that you can achieve on a budget.  Creating an accent brick wall does not cost that much.  A significant amount of your cost here would be going towards creating the kitchen, particularly the fittings and the fridge.  The dark stone or slate counter top is pure class and the pendant lights are well placed to illuminate where necessary.  You can achieve this look by getting your renovation contractor to install laminate floors instead.  You’ll probably save a few ringgit per square foot.

These Singaporean designs can easily be replicated here in Malaysia.  Next time we’ll feature a number of Malaysian apartments or small homes, break down the renovation contractors’ average labour charges for main parts of the project.

Visit Kaodim to get introduced and compare quotations and information from house renovation contractors in Kuala Lumpur so that you’re a step closer to achieving your dream home.