Hong Kong is a place where space is at a premium, and living in nano-sized apartments has become the norm for Hong Kongers. While small units may not meet the needs of a family, large units may be beyond their budget. As a result, many homeowners choose to purchase multiple adjacent units and connect them to create a more spacious apartment. This design not only makes living more comfortable but also increases the property value when it's time to sell. Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing the renovation of adjacent units:
Before demolishing any partition walls that connect adjacent units, homeowners should consult with building professionals and submit a formal application to the Building Department for approval in accordance with the Building Department's regulations. For example, when altering the area of a balcony, it is necessary to consider the limitations of the land-area ratio. Altering parking spaces may also affect the common space and public areas of the building. As applications may be rejected, it is recommended that homeowners seek an evaluation from a professional or a registered structural engineer as the first step before demolishing any structural walls.
In addition to obtaining approval, homeowners should also pay attention to issues related to the building's public covenant, deed, and fire safety regulations. For example, connecting adjacent apartments and changing the kitchen location all involve demolishing the structural walls of the units. Although demolishing non-structural walls does not require approval from the Building Department, homeowners should be aware that these large-scale projects require the services of registered engineering contractors. Additionally, when demolishing, it is necessary to consider fire safety regulations. For example, if cooking with an open flame, the kitchen door and walls must meet certain fire-resistant standards. Any modifications from your design must be approved by a professional and comply with safety and building regulations. Therefore, it is recommended that homeowners seek the opinion of a professional before beginning any construction work.
Once legal and safety issues have been resolved, homeowners can begin planning the interior layout of the connected units. One of the main advantages of adjacent units is the flexibility to modify the space. After connecting the units, the kitchen, bathroom, and even the number of entrances may be duplicated, allowing homeowners to redesign the space according to their preferences. Homeowners can consider removing some partitions to maximize the use of space and create a unique style.
After connecting the units, the living space can be expanded, providing more space for creative interior design. Homeowners can use different design styles and special decorations to divide the space. For example, adding a hidden door in the bedroom can create a walk-in closet, or using a concealed screen instead of a wall can expand the space utilization while upgrading the home's style.
If homeowners lack confidence in their own design skills, they can discuss with a professional interior designer to create a comfortable apartment from adjacent units.
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