Customised to perfectly suit the homeowner’s lifestyle, this HDB 5 room renovation will leave you wanting for more.

Open layout for an easy-breezy look

Who livs here: Krish Iyer

Location: 772 Bedok Reservoir View

Type of home: 5-room HDB

Livspace team: Interior Designer Ava Gui and Project Manager Kent Huang

Livspace service: Design, demolition, masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, ceiling and partition work, painting

Budget: $$$$$

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to come with a “must-have” list to designers prior to renovation. But for Krish Iyer, the homeowner of this 5 room HDB, the big task was just designing a home that is cosy and comfortable to live in or in his words, “A home I want to live in,” is what Krish told his designer, Ava Gui. Since this is a resale HDB 5 room renovation project, the entire face of the flat has been transformed. With neutral walls, comfy furniture and warm colours, this home feels fresh and welcoming in more than one way!

Allow us to walk you through the design process.

Let’s look at the transformation first


What is the best way to welcome guests?

Halogen-style pendant light for illumination

Who doesn’t love having that extra bit of space when walking into an apartment? This HDB 5 room renovation kicked-off with the foyer where Ava has painted the walls in a soothing earth colour and added white, powder-coated windows for a fresh look. The white shoe cabinet paired with the huge rectangle mirror is a great spot to stop-by and check yourself out before heading out!

A living room designed for precious downtime

Beige recliners that provide maximum comfort
Vinyl record and a home theatre system
Warm wooden flooring match the dining table set

This home belongs to a family that loves listening to music and watching movies. Their living room is literally an extension of their personality. You’ll find an open layout with comfy recliners, sound system with amplifiers and a TV console for the huge collection of vinyl records. Another element that stands out is the exposed brick accent wall that adds character to the space.

What ties the living and dining spaces together design-wise is the false ceiling with cove lighting that provides ambient lighting and imparts a soft glow. Perfect for some downtime, we think.

A compact but fully-loaded kitchen

Galley-style kitchen with space for all appliances
Featured here is a KompacPlus countertop that’s easy to maintain
Wall ledges for easy storage of frequently accessed things

While the kitchen has not been changed in terms of the layout, Ava has made excellent use of the available space. While designing this space, she kept a modern and minimal style in mind, using pristine white cabinets in contrast to the warm wooden-coloured countertops. She has also equipped this kitchen with open shelves and accessories that let Krish indulge his culinary adventures.

Warm wooden notes in the study

Brown tones fill up this study room
A cosy spot for reading time

In a casual banter, Krish remarked that he spends at least 3 days a week in his study room. So this room has been equipped with an IKEA pax wardrobe that is ideal for books. Being completely customisable, it fits right in. Ava has also added a wooden study table and completed the look with wooden flooring.


“It was a delight to interact with Ava through the design process. I am happy about the fact that she incorporated our requirements and translated them into a classy yet cost effective design concept. I would also like to mention Kent, for his meticulous project management. He worked tirelessly to bring the workers together. I would like to thank Livspace for their efforts and immaculate customer-focused service.”

Krish Iyer

Livspace Homeowner

IKEA wardrobes add storage in the bedroom

Layered drapes perfect for every weather
Wooden wardrobes that match with the flooring
Simple whote sofa and freestanding wardrobe

The bedrooms in this lovely home paint a serene picture in our minds. Since Krish wanted a simple and modern look that is clutter-free too, Ava made sure she did not crowd the bedrooms with furniture. All she did is add wardrobes from IKEA that come with a lot of storage space. In the guest room, she has added a sofa for seating. All the bedrooms flaunt a warm wooden flooring for an inviting look.

How to renovate compact bathrooms and hide pipes?

Unique Peranakan tiles for the wall
Warm brown tiles for the wall and floor

The most common problem in bathrooms are unsightly pipes that take up space and look bad. So Ava boxed the pipes in the bathrooms with calcium silicate. For designing the space she used a mix of tiles on the wall and floor. A special feature wall with unique Peranakan tiles is the highlight of the master bathroom. The common bathroom walls have two different shades of the same tiles that create an illusion of depth and width in a small bathroom.

“Krish and his family were very open and receptive to my design ideas, so it has been a very enjoyable process in creating their dream home. The project had to be put on hold due to a circuit breaker issue and we managed to get it completed promptly. I think that was the highlight of this renovation project.”

Ava Gui

Interior Designer, Livspace

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