Woman given 15 days to undo home renovations
A Shanghai woman's attempt to create her dream home through extensive renovations has ended in a nightmare after a court ordered her to restore the home to its original state - within 15 days.
The woman, surnamed Yun, bought the property on a busy street in the western part of the city in August last year and embarked on an ambitious remodelling project.
She expanded her kitchen by about 10 square metres and created an additional 20-square-metre living area in an unused space under the balcony, Xinhua said.
Ms Yun also installed a garden fountain on the green area around the house and a two-metre-high wall behind the fountain.
Her neighbourhood association - which sought the court order in March - claimed the construction work, which went on around the clock, 'adversely affected the outdoor environment' by creating excessive noise and air pollution.
The local court ruled that the woman had breached a property management agreement that requires residents to obtain the association's written approval before making any structural changes to a residential property.
The woman should respect other residents of the neighbourhood, the court ruled.