10 Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Condo

Remodeling a condo in South Florida is something that is done every day. Due to the high traffic of tourists, snowbirds and vacationers, condominiums can be a great source of extra revenue for Palm Beach locals. If you aren’t planning on making your condo an ArBnb or VRBO, you still want the aesthetic of your living space to bring you comfort and enjoyment. Whatever your reason to remodel your condo, we here at Steve Cury Construction wanted to give you some condo remodeling tips to assist you with your remodeling project.

The very first thing to know prior to starting a condo remodel is the policies of your condo board. Your board may or may not have policies that impact cosmetic choices or product choices, however probably it will have policies about what times and days restorations can occur, when products might be brought into the structure, which elevator can be utilized and so on.

When attempting to set up shipments or tradespeople, not examining on these logistical details in advance can trigger huge headaches later on. Your board might need a license or approval to start any type of work.

Policies such as these remain in place to keep your next-door neighbors pleased, so in general they are a favorable thing. Nevertheless, they can increase the length of a  remodeling project, so it is advised to give yourself extra time. Talk about a forecasted timeline with a well-informed board member and your designer or specialist, and in addition to that include a minimum of 2 months to the timeline so your expectations remain reasonable.

 Once you know what your board will and will not allow, you have to figure out who you’re designing for.

By this I mean whether you are renovating the space to add to resale or rental value, or to add to your personal enjoyment of your home. In some cases it is possible to achieve both. But realistically, a renovation usually will lean more toward one or the other, with different approaches for both, so it’s important to decide which should take priority and be honest with yourself about that choice.

When designing for yourself, you should still consider how long you will be in the space and prioritize work based on this estimated timeline. For example, if you expect to be in a space less than five years, you may want to focus on adding pieces you can take with you, such as plug-in sconces and upgraded furniture, rather than replacing fixed materials such as tile.
When refurbishing for resale, you typically get the very best ROI by concentrating on a couple of essential locations and avoiding unneeded spend. Kitchen area cabinets, bathrooms, floor covering, tiling, door hardware and cleaned-up walls are all generally wise financial investments.

A number of the points made prior might appear to be about things you can’t do, however it’s essential to understand the restrictions and challenges you might have with a condo remodel. However, where there are problems… there can also be opportunity!

Tight condo areas often consist of invasive columns or odd-angled walls, however that’s typically since they can not be moved structurally. It’s essential to understand which walls and other components can be removed of or opened and which ones can not, so consulting a architect to seek advice early in the process is advisable.

Typically,  bathroom components can not be moved any substantial distance– not without an enormous expenditure– which means you’re going to need to leave that toilet where it is, and you might not have the ability to include that 2nd sink.

What you can do, nevertheless, is restructure how the eye sees the area. By selecting some surfaces to mix away and others to stand apart, you can make the eye concentrate on the most gorgeous aspects.

Attempt copying this formula: Install a glass shower panel or minimalist shower drape, all white components, and pale white or off-white tile. Then utilize a striking vanity with a quality surface to serve as the declaration piece that specifies the space. Additionally, utilize a plain white vanity and a sensational accent tile– everything depends where you desire the eye to be drawn.

Mentioning moving walls and components, you must remember that numerous condominiums have cement ceilings, which implies you will not have the ability to drill into them much either.

You will notice that many condos have dropped ceiling panels over the kitchen area that permit brand-new overhead aspects to be set up. This can be handy when seeking to include brand-new lighting (particularly recessed pot lights) or make any other ceiling-related modifications such as rerouting your ventilation or utilizing a brand-new hood fan.

Depending upon the components you wish to include, this can need a 6- to 12-inch drop. This can provide a dramatic increase in the visual size of your kitchen.

Highly detailed moldings are popular for conventional homes, however condo remodeling projects typically include them also to provide a house in the sky the very same richness and conventional beauty as timeless earthbound houses. Nevertheless, getting this appearance isn’t as easy as simply taking apart the old, plain molding; the door frames that your condo system features are most likely metal and hard to merely get rid of.

Rather then trying to change your door frames, you can seek to construct them up by including a “backband,” or a molding indicated to layer over an existing frame. This leads to deep moldings, which provide a nice design element. 

Customers frequently enter remodeling jobs with a great deal of choices about what they do and do not desire, not simply in a  basic sense, but in some cases in extreme sizes.

For instance, customers typically desire a big refrigerator, or a king-sized bed, or a double sink. Nevertheless, being versatile on a few of these design choices is key: When you see what you can get if you’re ready to make a compromise, you might understand a few of those concerns aren’t must-haves after all.

For instance, wanting to utilize a smaller sized refrigerator can maximize a great deal of area for storage that you can then utilize for all sorts of high-ends finishes or accessories you might not have considered.

Overall, painting the condo with a pleasing color palette is very important. While painting an entire space (with a number of coats) might appear like a huge trouble to reverse a significant paint shade, it’s a relatively little part of the budget plan for a whole condo restoration.

When you ultimately resell, you must presume that you’ll repaint at the time to upgrade to a fresh coat in a fashionable shade. In the meantime, painting the walls in shades you like will provide a great deal of life to the area at a fairly lower rate than lots of other prospective upgrades.

Finish a condo restoration while you do not live in the area if at all possible. Either do the work prior to you relocate, or find a temporary home for a week at a time throughout the most extreme part of the building, such as when you will not have a restroom or kitchen area for a couple of days.

Staying with friends, family and even at a hotel for a couple of days can turn your condo renovation headache into an enjoyable vacation or staycation. You’ll experience much less tension, and you’ll delight in the procedure more without needing to see the unsightly, unpleasant in-between stages of building when customers usually get stressed.

Some condo structures even have visitor suites that you can remain in for a couple of days so you aren’t far from home.

When working within the guidelines of a more stringent condo association, it can benefit you a lot more than normal to deal with an architect and contractor. These pros have access to high quality tradesman and know which construction materials will work best for your condo remodel. Their methodology and their ability to handle timelines and deadlines will prove invaluable to you.

Here at Steve Cury Construction, we know what it takes to make a condo remodel successful. Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.