Top 5 Genius Home Renovation Ideas That Are Currently Illegal

The need for expression has given homeowners a reason to make a space unique to their lifestyles, that’s why interior designers are here to help you turn your dream home into reality. But all that creativity has to reach a limit so we don’t get into fights with our neighbours because of clashes arising from our personal choices. Read on to discover 5 genius ideas for home renovations that are currently illegal.

Homeowners in Singapore living in HDB apartments quickly realize, that it’s not simply whatever they want they can have. Your top consideration is whether your neighbours will be affected by your idea.

The next one, is whether it will fail any inspections. Here are the 5 ideas, starting with the jumbo fish tank.

1. Mind-blowing Outdoor Fish Tank

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Have you noticed that koi that live in ponds seem to have more brilliant colours compared to those that live indoors? That’s the reason for this tank existing on the steps of an HDB apartment.

The owner wanted to give them a better environment to dazzle and shine. His fishes have outgrown the smaller tanks, according to him.

This renovation idea, while beautiful for the neighbours and owner, poses a question for town councils that need to ensure use of public spaces do not endanger anyone. It’s illegal as of April 2019.

2. Instantly Doubling Your Space With Mezzanine


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With different homeowners come different needs. Some have collected more physical items and have used up all their space in their flat.

Without upgrading their flats, the genius way to instantly claim more useable space for their homes would be to build upwards.

That’s what skyscrapers do, right?

Imagine living in a standard HDB unit, maxing out your living space and being able to create more space with this idea!

A typical height from floor to ceiling is 2.6m. By building a mezzanine platform, you can make better use of your space, much like adding racks to your bomb shelter.

It’s a partition for your physical space.

The add-on for indoor mezzanine can range from a height of 1.73m to 2.82m, letting you fit a sleeping space above.

More space for hoarding!

Unfortunately, this is going to require you to obtain permission before going ahead with it in your HDB unit.

Just because you can claim space vertically, doesn’t mean you can ignore the additional weight that the floor now has to bear. Such a pity for the highest floors, since they have slightly more ceiling room to play around with.

3. Festive Santa On The Ledge


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Strictly speaking, this is not a renovation. It’s a creative use of space outside the house.

After all, Santa is used to climbing chimneys and dealing with his fear of heights.

If his sleigh is stuck entering customs, why not place him on the ledge?

It’s illegal because it raised safety concerns, so the creator was asked to take it down.

Always a good reminder to us that the sky’s the limit when it comes to decor for our homes.

4. Sinister Slithering Snake Tank

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What’s wrong with putting the sideboard beside the kitchen?

Nothing really. It holds the supplies and is a good storage option.

Maybe except it’s plain. And everyone else does it, so…

Enter the snake tank, adding an exotic element to the space.

Imagine hosting a party at your HDB apartment, and sharing the moulting behaviour of snakes while your guests gawk at the tenant inside the tank.

While it’s unique and brings life to the home, you’ll hit a roadblock for keeping wildlife as pets.

5. Relaxing Dip In Bath Tub


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Enjoying a shower in the bathroom like your last staycaytion may be a little challenging.

That’s because the same bathtub from the hotel will probably fail the weight limit for HDB bathrooms.

With a maximum allowance of 150kg per square metre, this reduces the choices that you can install.

There are smaller size tubs you can soak in, just so that you can enjoy the effects of muscle relaxation by dipping, granted that it’s a smaller tub.

Don’t let the regulation stop you, just because you can’t have the full built-in bath tub experience!


Now you know what areas are definitely not feasible to do for your home… at the same time you will discover some new ideas for your home renovation.

Share this with your friends who are looking for home renovation ideas!

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