Friday, March 7, 2014

Renovating your condo? Read this

One consideration most people overlook when buying a home is the design and renovation potential of the space. A functional floor layout and stylish living environment are factors that would make for an enjoyable home life. Here's what to look for when assessing your condo's renovation potential...

Condominium buildings typically have homeowner’s associations with rules and regulations on design and construction. If you plan to renovate, it’s best to inquire on building restrictions before you commit to buying a condo unit.

Floor area

Know how much space you need for your home, don’t just focus on a condo’s number of rooms. Check if the living area’s floor space may be divided to build a new room.

Awkward spaces

A large floor area will provide you with more room for essentials, and leeway for design and décor. However, watch out for small, awkward spaces, irregular shaped rooms, tight corners and uncoordinated placement of posts and columns. Even if a condominium unit has a large floor area, awkward spaces will make it more difficult to maximize space.

Ceiling height

High ceilings make for an airy ambiance and can make cramped condos feel bigger. When it comes to design, a high ceiling also leaves room for playing with ceiling and lighting features. Trendy lighting designs such as cove lights or dropped or recessed lighting  fixtures work beautifully with high ceilings. 

Building restrictions

Condominium buildings typically have homeowner’s associations with rules and regulations on design and construction. If you plan to renovate, it’s best to inquire on building restrictions before you commit to buying a condo unit. Also keep in mind that the level of restrictions may vary from one condo building to another.


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