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    More room to shape landed homes

    Greater leeway to alter interiors, as well as change outside area

    Published on Feb 12, 2015 1:20 AM


    Conventional home vs homes under new guidelines -- SOURCE: URA; ST GRAPHICS

    By Rennie Whang


    OWNERS and developers of landed homes will have more flexibility when it comes to redevelopment, under new rules announced yesterday.

    The changes give greater leeway when it comes to altering the interiors of properties, but there will also be more scope to change the outside area as well, including making improvements to attics and basements.

    The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said the new rules, which kick in on May 11, "simplify the existing guidelines... while safeguarding the low-rise character of landed housing estates".

    The changes will give architects more scope in the interior design as long as the overall external size of the home still fits within a three-dimensional limit, or "envelope".

    One change is to the floor-to-floor height requirement, which is now 4.5m for the first storey, and 3.6m each for the second and third storeys. Under the new rules, this will be up to the owner's preferences.

    This means owners can vary floor-to-ceiling height, add more mezzanine floors or have higher ceilings in living and dining areas, said W Architects managing director Mok Wei Wei.

    The new guidelines also relax a rule that requires the third storey to be set back an additional 1m from the first and second storeys. This requirement will go so the third storey can align with the lower floors and be more spacious.

    The URA will also do away with a rule requiring attic roofs to be pitched, while basements may protrude more than the 1m above ground level as allowed now.

    This will mean better ventilation and light for houses with attics and basements, said Bukit Sembawang Estates executive director and chief executive Ng Chee Seng. The company will adopt the new guidelines for its landed house projects in Seletar Hills.

    Mr Mok said: "It may overall be possible to achieve more built- up area. This is a much better set of guidelines to work with."

    The new rules will also bring tighter restrictions on total maximum permissible heights.

    These have been reduced for three-storey homes from 17.7m to 15.5m, and from 14.1m to 12m for two-storey ones. "This is the typical height that most landed houses are currently built up to under current guidelines and will respect the low-rise character of our landed housing estates," said a URA spokesman.

    National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a blog post yesterday that the new guidelines will most likely benefit people in intermediate terraces.

    Larger houses like good class bungalows tend to have enough space to play around with design, experts said.

    The rules are being introduced following a pilot scheme at Sembawang Greenvale. Its 65 houses - 55 terraced and 10 detached homes - were completed last May under the new guidelines.

    Landed home owner and Sembawang resident Tracy Low, 55, said: "There will be more variety in landed housing now."

    But while the design of a house can influence its price, the value of a landed property is still derived predominantly from the location, age, tenure and type, said Mr Desmond Sim, CBRE research head for South-east Asia.

    The URA said it will allow minor additions and alterations to landed houses under the current guidelines.

    There are about 130 two-storey and 124 three-storey landed home estates in Singapore, comprising 72,000 houses, or about 23 per cent of total private housing units.

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    Default URA guidelines to offer more flexibility in design of landed homes

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    URA guidelines to offer more flexibility in design of landed homes

    By Chan Yi Wenyi

    [email protected]@ChanYiWenBT

    12 Feb


    DEVELOPERS, architects, engineers and owners of landed homes in Singapore will have more design flexibility under a set of guidelines pushed out by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

    Called the Envelope Control guidelines, they will be effective from May 11, said URA in a circular to professional institutes on Wednesday.

    Under the existing guidelines, landed houses must adhere to certain floor-to-floor dimensions and basement protrusion limits. With the new guidelines, for example, floor-to-floor heights will no longer apply, though the overall height limit of homes will be reduced.

    The guidelines apply to all landed properties in Singapore, but will be enforced only for new erections and reconstruction works.

    A three-month grace period (between now and May 11) has been given for the industry to make the transition to the changed guidelines; individuals or parties who wish to adopt the guidelines during the grace period can make an application to the URA.

    URA data puts the number of two-storey housing estates at 130, and three-storey estates, at 124. All in, there are 72,000 landed units, making up 23 per cent of total private housing units in Singapore.

    In his blog on Wednesday, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan noted that URA guidelines used to specify the height limits for each storey of a house. The new guidelines, however, only say that three-storey homes must not be more than 15.5 m in height in total, down from 17.7 m; two-storey homes are to be not more than 12 m, from 14.1 m.

    Another change pertains to the "basement protrusion limit" of landed homes. Existing guidelines require such houses to have an additional one metre setback from the road and the rear for the third storey, compared to that of the first and the second-storey, and that the attic must be contained within a sloping roof.

    The new guidelines do away with these requirements.

    The changes thus give home owners, developers, architects and engineers more free play in the internal layering or configuration of the property, while preserving control over the maximum height of the property, thus safeguarding the low-rise character of landed housing estates.

    Mr Khaw said the changes should be good news to those who want flexibility in interior design: "Owners can 'layer' their homes creatively, to bring in natural light and ventilation. (The changes) most likely benefit those who live in intermediate terraces."

    The new guidelines are the result of community and industry feedback collected since 2007.

    In 2009, URA applied the envelope control guidelines in the Sembawang Greenvale housing estate, under a pilot involving 65 landed houses - 55 terrace units and 10 detached ones.

    A URA spokesman said construction of these units was completed as of last May, and the majority of the units have since been sold.

    Referring to the guidelines' covering only new-builds and and reconstruction works, the URA spokesman said that addition and alteration works can continue to follow the conventional landed-housing guidelines: "Existing landed houses originally approved and built under the conventional landed housing guidelines may have difficulty complying with the new envelope control guidelines."

    Under the existing Plan Lodgment Scheme for landed houses, home owners can submit their landed homes for lodgment without needing to apply for planning permission, as long as they comply with the lodgment criteria.

    But from May 11, applicants may submit their lodgment proposals under the new guidelines, as long as the proposal satisfies new lodgment criteria, such as keeping within the allowable maximum height despite mezzanine or other floors being added.

    Desmond Sim, head of CBRE Research, South-east Asia, said the new guidelines expand the design framework to allow more creativity in the design of landed houses in the future. "Undeniably, the design and layout will play a role in determining the price of a house . . . It will challenge architects and incentivise landed property owners to exercise more creativity with bespoke designs."

    Bukit Sembawang Estates' executive director and chief executive Ng Chee Seng is of view that the reduction in maximum allowable height of landed houses under the new guidelines would not have much of an impact: "A lot of the height is currently taken by the sloped roof, which is now no longer a requirement," he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reporter2 View Post
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    URA guidelines to offer more flexibility in design of landed homes

    By Chan Yi Wenyi

    [email protected]@ChanYiWenBT

    12 Feb


    DEVELOPERS, architects, engineers and owners of landed homes in Singapore will have more design flexibility under a set of guidelines pushed out by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

    Called the Envelope Control guidelines, they will be effective from May 11, said URA in a circular to professional institutes on Wednesday.

    Under the existing guidelines, landed houses must adhere to certain floor-to-floor dimensions and basement protrusion limits. With the new guidelines, for example, floor-to-floor heights will no longer apply, though the overall height limit of homes will be reduced.

    The guidelines apply to all landed properties in Singapore, but will be enforced only for new erections and reconstruction works.

    A three-month grace period (between now and May 11) has been given for the industry to make the transition to the changed guidelines; individuals or parties who wish to adopt the guidelines during the grace period can make an application to the URA.

    URA data puts the number of two-storey housing estates at 130, and three-storey estates, at 124. All in, there are 72,000 landed units, making up 23 per cent of total private housing units in Singapore.

    In his blog on Wednesday, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan noted that URA guidelines used to specify the height limits for each storey of a house. The new guidelines, however, only say that three-storey homes must not be more than 15.5 m in height in total, down from 17.7 m; two-storey homes are to be not more than 12 m, from 14.1 m.

    Another change pertains to the "basement protrusion limit" of landed homes. Existing guidelines require such houses to have an additional one metre setback from the road and the rear for the third storey, compared to that of the first and the second-storey, and that the attic must be contained within a sloping roof.

    The new guidelines do away with these requirements.

    The changes thus give home owners, developers, architects and engineers more free play in the internal layering or configuration of the property, while preserving control over the maximum height of the property, thus safeguarding the low-rise character of landed housing estates.

    Mr Khaw said the changes should be good news to those who want flexibility in interior design: "Owners can 'layer' their homes creatively, to bring in natural light and ventilation. (The changes) most likely benefit those who live in intermediate terraces."

    The new guidelines are the result of community and industry feedback collected since 2007.

    In 2009, URA applied the envelope control guidelines in the Sembawang Greenvale housing estate, under a pilot involving 65 landed houses - 55 terrace units and 10 detached ones.

    A URA spokesman said construction of these units was completed as of last May, and the majority of the units have since been sold.

    Referring to the guidelines' covering only new-builds and and reconstruction works, the URA spokesman said that addition and alteration works can continue to follow the conventional landed-housing guidelines: "Existing landed houses originally approved and built under the conventional landed housing guidelines may have difficulty complying with the new envelope control guidelines."

    Under the existing Plan Lodgment Scheme for landed houses, home owners can submit their landed homes for lodgment without needing to apply for planning permission, as long as they comply with the lodgment criteria.

    But from May 11, applicants may submit their lodgment proposals under the new guidelines, as long as the proposal satisfies new lodgment criteria, such as keeping within the allowable maximum height despite mezzanine or other floors being added.

    Desmond Sim, head of CBRE Research, South-east Asia, said the new guidelines expand the design framework to allow more creativity in the design of landed houses in the future. "Undeniably, the design and layout will play a role in determining the price of a house . . . It will challenge architects and incentivise landed property owners to exercise more creativity with bespoke designs."

    Bukit Sembawang Estates' executive director and chief executive Ng Chee Seng is of view that the reduction in maximum allowable height of landed houses under the new guidelines would not have much of an impact: "A lot of the height is currently taken by the sloped roof, which is now no longer a requirement," he said.
    How many percent of living space does this add

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    Quote Originally Posted by hutsutau View Post
    How many percent of living space does this add
    Only those who are in the know knows whether it is adding or limiting. I think it is covering one loophole regarding underground building.
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    Default Re: More room to shape landed homes

    Odd shaped landed housing is really a headache but I believe with the right interior designers or architects the space will be put to good use. You can check out some of them here!

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    Default Re: More room to shape landed homes

    That looks good, I would agree with your design. Have you tried working with an interior designer? I know of one that is super good with landed interior design. Check them out here!

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