“What happens with condominiums is people end up buying them as investments and renting them as apartments.” –James Green
Today, more and more individuals have elected to billet themselves in condominium units. Convenience, security and easily comfortable are just some of the features why a person would want to situate himself in a condo unit. However, there are also individuals with high business acumen who would purchase units for the sole purpose of turning them as real estate investments—a potential cash cow for them. Seeing as this is the case, some or even most of them would have to do the necessary checkups, repairs, and even renovations each time a tenant moves in and moves out.
Unfortunately, unlike your residential home, the rules in condo renovations are not quite the same. There are limitations as to what you can do, and some improvements would require permits or at least permissions from the developer. To have a clearer insight as to what you can and cannot do in your condo renovations, here are some dos and don’ts.
This might seem self-explanatory to most, but there are a surprising number of condominium owners who would insist on painting the hallway where the door to their condo door is located. When it comes down to this, there is one thing you must constantly remember: You own the unit and only the unit itself. Anything inside the unit you can paint and remodel; however, anything outside it is owned by the developer of the condominium building. Feel free to paint the walls of your condominium a different color, but hallways should stay as is.
Regardless of where you are situated—whether in Bonifacio Global City or elsewhere, should you be renting there would always be terms regarding your tenancy. A smart tenant would read the terms of his lease. And would know what he ought to do and ought not to do. Read your contract carefully and thoroughly. There might be a clause that would describe what your limitations in renovating as a renter are. Be sure to strictly adhere to what it says or you run the risk of being evicted or even worse, a lawsuit to recover damages.
More often than not, the building where your condominium unit is situated would require you to pay a construction bond; before you can even commence any renovation or construction work. This is to protect against any adverse events that may potentially disrupt the integrity of the building where the condominium unit is situated. For some, it would also serve as a surety bond against events; that may cause one to fail in completing the project. The bond would be returned after
Any condominium building would have a set of guideless for construction and allowable electrical loads per unit. This is given by the administration and should be strictly adhered to. If your renovation plans include anything from adding more light switches, installation of additional electrical outlets; or even the installation of a simple air conditioning unit; it would be best if you consulted with the administrator of the building before even thinking of doing those. This is to ascertain whether or not your particular unit could even handle and accommodate the electrical load you are about to add.
Condo units, unlike gated neighborhood and residences, have people living in proximity to each other with some only a wall dividing between two units. Some administrators would only allow renovations to be done on the weekdays. And some would restrict the allowable hours one can work in a unit. Check with your building’s administrator before you schedule any renovation work; or deliveries to make sure it aligns with their permitted schedule.
Renovating your condo unit might feel a tad bit more restricted than renovating a residential home. And the rules are not the same for every condominium developer. It varies from one condominium to another depending on the building developer or in some cases the building administrator. To be safe, it is best to consult with your administrator before doing any real work.
If you’re in charge of furnishing a house, office space, salon, or any business at all, you probably have some idea of how to properly outfit rooms, meaning that you have a sense of the way an energy can flow in a room or be created using color, shape, texture, form, and other basic elements of design.
However, our knowledge on any one subject is never complete, so you might consider some of the following points for refining your taste and overall design sensibilities.
First you must consider the size of the room. The bigger the room, the more leeway you have in choosing visually “heavy” pieces. In other words, you are going to have more room to fill without having to worry about instantly overwhelming the space with too much.
Of course, a big room has the potential to look too busy just as much as a small room would, but you’re not going to notice that you’re going overboard right away, whereas a small room will reveal to you its limits right away.
However, some people like stuffing a small room to achieve a cozy cave-like or cabin feeling. The most important thing to remember, as is the case with everything, is to strike a good balance. No matter the size of the room, too much figurative weight or shape has the potential to outfit a room in a way that makes it unappealing to be in or near.
At the same time you’re considering the above, you’ll also need to be thinking about what the intention behind the room is, meaning to what end is the atmosphere being created? Is the room supposed to aid efficiency in work production?
If so, this will inform the choices you make as a designer in acquiring the furnishing that allows for the ease and safety of those who will be moving around a lot, visiting from desk to desk and so forth. This will also be informing those choices you make in terms of what type of furniture is appropriate for this office.
Furniture for a fast-paced office especially should be equipped with casters. This will allow for on-the-fly rearranging, increased mobility, and multifunction within the area. Anything outfitted with ball casters like chairs, filing cabinets, and desks automatically takes a room to a new level, giving it the potential of the modular interface.
The last design component to consider, though you should be formulating it in your head from the beginning, is the overall theme or look of the space. This involves color and shape coordination and relies on the needs of the person who will be occupying the space. If colors are too bright and plentiful, for example, it may be hard for a person who uses the room as a meditation space to find focus.
Using the space in your loft to add an extra room is both cost-effective, and an investment in your home. Assuming that the overall value of your property after a loft conversion, does not exceed house prices in your general area, then you are almost certain to reap the benefits if you do choose to move in the future.
Choosing a good company to convert your loft is the first step to take. For those living in the south of England, there are so many companies with an online presence that offer loft conversions Essex householders can carefully select the best one for them. By comparing each company online you can see how they work and view a selection of their past projects. It may even be possible to speak to former customers who have had similar work carried out on their home.
In addition to the obvious uses for a loft conversion, such as a master bedroom or extra space for a teenager, you may have been dreaming of a home office or gym, or even a home entertainment centre with all the latest technology. Adding a dormer window to the conversion may be a good idea, especially if you live in a rural area of England and want to take advantage of the lovely views. If you live in the country and are looking for a company that builds loft conversions Essex offers excellent companies and lovely views!
Compare the time and effort it takes to move house, with the average time taken to complete a loft conversion. A few short weeks should see the work completed, but you may be able to start using your new space even sooner. The costs of moving house are enough to put most people off taking this stressful route, even without the hassle and stress of having to deal with estate agents, potential buyers, solicitors, and removal men. Many house deals fall through just when sellers think they have sold their property, and the process has to start all over again.
A good loft conversion company will look at your loft space, measure it, and let you know if there are any limitations on how the space could be used. They should be able to guide you through the possibilities available, and advise you on the aesthetics of the finished room, as well as the practicalities.
An important factor to consider is the look of the house as a whole from the outside, and whether the design you have chosen will comply with building regulations. The type of conversion you choose will depend largely on the construction of your loft, and the overall space and headroom available.
So if you cherish the home you live in and do not want to move, there is a tried and trusted way to gain more space without moving. Converting your loft will create extra living space in addition to being an investment for the future.
Transform your space into a place where you can relax and get away from the outside world with paint. Painting is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to give a room or your entire home a complete makeover. If you’re tired of living with walls that don’t inspire you, change them with a fresh coat of paint.
Paint color options are offered in infinite numbers of shades, colors and tints. Only your imagination can stop you from transforming your walls into a masterpiece. Apply a single color and use your furniture and lifestyle to make a room fun or relaxing. Alternatively, apply textures, patterns and multiple colors to make the walls the focal point.
If you know you want a change and don’t know what it is exactly you want, download the free Sherwin-Williams paint app called ColorSnap. ColorSnap allows you to take pictures of your home and then apply colors from the Sherwin-Williams palettes until you get exactly the look you want without ever having to apply paint.
The app also allows you to browse thousands of colors, capture a color that inspires you from other locations, share your ideas on Facebook to get opinions from friends on your choices and take the picked colors into the store to get your paint.
Another great app for home painting is the free PaintRemedy app which gives you tips and suggestions for identifying paint problems and issues both inside and out and tells you how to fix the problems. Use this app once you’re ready to start prepping your home for painting, to fix any issues before you break out the paintbrush.
Once you’ve decided on a color, it’s now time to do the less fun stuff such as washing the walls and prepping the room for painting. Don’t forget to pick up plenty of drop cloths and painter’s tape to protect anything you don’t want paint on.
Try to remove all the furniture from the room before getting started. If that isn’t an option, move furniture to the middle of the room and cover with drop clothes. Take down wall and switch plates, drapes and blinds and loosen any light fixtures, allow them to hang, covered with a plastic bag to protect.
Lightly sand any woodwork so the new paint will stick and scrap off any peeling paint. If you have glossy walls, you will need to use a commercial deglosser or TSP (trisodium phosphate) to help the next layer of paint to stick. After completing the prep, wash the walls with warm water and soap, and then allow walls to dry before applying paint. A coat of primer will be necessary if you scraped down to the bare walls or this is the first coat of paint on a fresh wall.
Now you’re on to the fun stuff and seeing your space transformed by the color or colors you picked out. During this exciting time, there are still a few rules to follow to get the best look out of your paint. Paint ceilings before walls and walls before trim.
Always maintain a wet edge to avoid creating lines and ridges in your paint. Keep your rollers and brushes loaded with enough paint so the splattering is less but not so much that they drip. Use a zigzag pattern to paint walls and paint the entire wall before stopping to eliminate lap marks (no one wants to get done and see the roller strokes on the wall).
Remember to tape any areas where two colors of paint come together and remove the tape before the paint coat dries to avoid the paint peeling off. If you need a perfectly straight line, use a level and a straight line and pencil to draw the line on the wall and then tape along the line.
Also an often forgotten rule for inside painting: always have some ventilation even with the newer less fumy paints. All paints have some smells and you shouldn’t be breathing them in (unless you love the “high” lightheaded feeling brought on by painting in a closed up room; it’s still not healthy). Eye protection and old clothing is also recommended.
Finish up, clean up, put the furniture back and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor in your freshly painted abode.
You don’t need a fancy designer to create the perfect conservatory. All you need is a plan and a few tips to create the ideal space for dinner parties, gardening, and relaxation. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune either!
A conservatory really is a unique space, and with a little inspiration, it’s going to become your favourite room in the whole house.
The exciting thing about a conservatory that makes it extra special is the meeting between two worlds: inside and outdoors. Take this as a fantastic opportunity to play with these two different zones by bringing the outside into your conservatory.
You can achieve this limbo by introducing potted plants or garden ornaments. Some people use garden furniture to great effect in their conservatory. If you are choosing artwork, pick paintings or photographs with a natural theme.
By no means do you have to overdo the nature theme, unless you are turning your conservatory into a garden room. There are many themes you can pursue – conservatories are versatile! Extra light will enhance any minimalist, modern look, whereas lamps and candles can lead to a more rustic style.
Go to a shop and raid their interior design catalogues – there is a lot of inspiration to be had by looking at what others have done with their conservatories. If you don’t want to fork out that much money, you can always explore themes online. Jot down any ideas on a large piece of paper.
Always keep in mind that the items in your conservatory will be heavily exposed to bright light. This can damage and fade certain furniture or artwork. Choose durable substances when selecting your furniture – spend some time absorbing some inspiration and ideas! Rattan and cane are traditional choices for conservatories, but if you dislike this basket look, wood and metal can fare pretty well too.
Especially if you are planning to entertain guests in this area, make sure you utilise your space well. You want your conservatory to be light and airy, and you can’t achieve that if you have used your conservatory as a storage area. Check out some existing conservatory designs online to get an idea of how you can optimise your use of space.
Not only can a conservatory superheat in the summer, but it can freeze up in the winter, due to the glass walls! Shade yourself in August and stay toasty in December by installing blinds. They also have the added benefit of hiding any expensive items when you aren’t at home.
If your conservatory is still turning into an ice rink, buy a little heater. It should work well with the blinds, especially if you choose an energy efficient radiator. The last thing you want is a conservatory that doesn’t get used when the weather turns cold – make the most of it all year round.
Taking a family of four out for a dinner and a movie; or to see a live sporting event is anything but economical these days. By the time you’ve paid for gas, parking, snacks, and tickets, you may be looking at upwards of a couple hundred dollars.
For most families, that’s an expense they simply can’t afford to spare very often, so they’re looking to make the most of what they’ve got at home. That’s why remodeling family rooms, or just building them from scratch, is an option a lot of households are seriously considering.
After all, you can make some pretty significant improvements for the same price as two or three nights out at the movies.
If this is something your family is looking at, here are a few ideas you might want to consider.
Over the last decade or so, the price of home electronics like big screen televisions and home theater systems have plummeted. On the other hand, prices of things like movie tickets and season tickets for professional sports teams have gone through the roof. That price differential has made building a home theater system a pretty good deal.
This deal is especially appealing if you love watching professional sports. According to a recent study, the average cost of taking a family of four to an NFL game is right around $465. With prices like that, a pretty sweet home theater system can pay for itself after just couple seasons.
Besides the money you’ll save watching sports and movies at home, there’s also a time dividend, too. All that time you used to spend driving around looking for a parking space, or sitting in that same parking lot after the game, is now time you spend sitting comfortably on your own couch. Now that’s a pretty good deal.
One of the best aspects of remodeling your family room is that it increases the amount of quality time your family spends together. So it makes sense that the more activities you’ve got in your family room, the more fun you’re going to have. That’s why table games like ping-pong, pool tables and air hockey are must-haves for a family room makeover.
If you’ve never been shopping for in-home table games, you might be pleasantly surprised at how affordable they are. While there are plenty used games floating around on sites like Craigslist, they’re really not that much cheaper than their brand new counterparts.
Building a really great family room is an investment that pays off in several ways. Not only do you save time and money by avoiding jam-packed stadiums and movie theaters, you’re also going to get to spend more time with your own family. And when it comes time to sell your home, a big, upgraded family room can really add to your selling price.
There’s no two ways about it, a family room upgrade offers a pretty significant return on investment.
Have you been thinking about making over the exterior of your home? If so, you may need a little help knowing where to begin. If this is to be an all-encompassing project, there are a lot of components to take into consideration.
It may seem like an overwhelming task to think things through to the degree necessary, but you really ought not make haste with any of this until you’ve at the very least thought about what each will entail, what should be accomplished in what order, and how cohesive the finished product will be.
If you’re totally scrapping the current look of your house, you might want to draw upon reference material to help you get the gestalt picture of what you want the new house to look like. Keep in mind that unless you want your house looking generic or worse, like a concrete Jell-o mold, you’re best off conducting some thorough research on what constitutes design balance—that is, a good proportion of wood to stone, or wood to brick, or stone to earth plaster, or wood to stucco, etc.
Take a walk in your neighborhood and see the examples of both good and poor design, taking photos of the dos and don’ts. Then assemble a collage of the dos with other photo references from online. Once you determine your materials, you may see that those materials have a range for which time periods they may evoke.
If you’re going with many different wood textures and ironwork accents, you can easily go Victorian, as many houses of that era used these materials in this proportion. Consider color as well, as some Victorian houses are known for their quirky yet beautiful color combinations.
When you’ve arrived at a design aesthetic, consult a designer and contractor whose expertise is perhaps in the area of period-style homes. Even if you’re just going with a simple East Coast, Cape Cod-inspired home, there might be some amendments to the design you’ll want to make to accommodate the climate of your region.
If you live back east, by all means, base your house on the classic Cape Cod or Maine homes. However, if you choose this aesthetic but live in Southern California, it would make more sense for you to open the design up a bit, adding larger windows than you’d see on the classic houses. If you don’t, you might regret shutting your rooms off from the cheery sunshine.
When all your tweaks are made and tasteful colors are chosen, think about the finer details like finials, pediments, classic shingles, artisan-carved porch railing, ornamented eaves, and column covers. These will complete the look of your home exterior.
When it comes to being greener, one of the biggest contributions a person can make is in the home; there are countless improvements that can make your house more eco-friendly and they are not always necessarily more expensive or complicated than conventional fixes.
If you are in the process of a kitchen remodel and are interested in making the space a bit more earth-friendly, there are numerous ways to about this ranging from using more energy-efficient appliances to choosing more eco-friendly building materials for cabinets, floors and the like.
Our appliances account for a huge chunk of household energy use and choosing ones that run more efficiently are not only good for the planet , it is good for your wallet too. The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy drains in your house and choosing one with the Energy Star designation is a good step towards greener living.
These appliances have been rated by the government and found to reduce greenhouse gases and use energy more efficiently. They are deemed to work just as well as conventional appliances and if they happen to have a higher price tag, they are expected to make up the costs with additional energy savings.
When it comes to eco-friendly flooring and cabinets, the options are vast. If you have your heart set on standard hard wood, look for products that were manufactured from trees found in forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This certification indicates that the forest management practices support sustainability and minimize damage to the environment. Salvaged wood may be another good option—it is in good condition, thoroughly cleaned and can give your floor some ‘’character.’’
If you want the durability of wood but are interested in choosing a highly sustainable material, bamboo may be a good choice. This grass grows abundantly and quickly, making it an easily renewable source of building material. It is highly resistant to mold, mildew and water, and it easy to clean. You might also consider rubber, cork and tiles made from 100 percent recycled materials for your floor.
Like flooring, you have a lot of options for green countertops. Recycled glass is a popular option that can stand on its own or be mixed with other materials such as ash, cement. Bamboo is not just for flooring and you can find countertops made with this grass as well.
Other options include products made from agricultural wastes such as sunflower seed hulls, mountain stone and coconut palms.
Another environmental issue that surrounds home improvements is the use of adhesives and other chemicals in the manufacturing process of these products. You want to look for products made with water-based adhesives that are free of or contain low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are substances that are harmful for the environment and your health.
When it comes to the pain you choose, you can find a large selection of paints that have reduced levels of VOCs or are completely free of them—even major paint brands now are getting into the green trend so you should be able to easily find this type of paint in any home improvement store.
Old homes are coveted for their uniqueness and historic grandeur, but are often lacking in interior design. If you have an old home, you’re not stuck with outdated and stuffy decor.
There are many ways to update and modernize your home while still complementing the historic charm that is inherent to every old home.
Lighting is one of the easiest ways to transform the look and feel of a room. Antique light fixtures immediately date your home, so shop around for more modern fixtures to update your home’s look. Installing dimmer switches allows you to set low lighting to create a cozy old home feeling, or turn up the light to brighten up your space and bring it into the current era. Try LED light to save on energy, help the environment, and provide a cooler, whiter light that quickly and easily brightens any room.
Old carpeting or stained hardwood can contribute greatly to the stuffy, old-fashioned feeling that old homes sometimes have. Flooring displays many signs of wear and use over the decades, so switching out to a new look can take years off your home’s appearance. If you don’t want to replace old flooring, make sure to do a deep clean to remove signs of use. For a more complete update, consider changing your flooring to a light bamboo or natural carpet color to open up space and make your room look newer. To add historic charm in a modern way, look for a fun patterned rug that calls to mind eras past or places far away.
Tons of figurines, collectibles, or other items littering the surfaces of a room can make it feel more like a museum than a living space. Try to clean up the clutter and create more open space in the room. Clean, simple, open spaces immediately look more modern than cluttered, stuffy ones. If you can’t bear to get rid of your favorite collections, find a new, modern way to display them. Consider using a clear coffee table with a display inside, shadowbox displays, or modern shelving.
Old wallpapers show their age both with signs of wear and outdated colors and patterns. Remove dated wallpaper and replace it either with a more contemporary design or a fresh coat of paint. Light colors open up the space and make a room look cleaner and newer. Consider the classic interior design tip of adding a “pop” of color to one wall of the room. Three natural walls with one brightly colored walls offers a modern look and is visually appealing to you and guests in your home.
You don’t have to do a complete overhaul to modernize your kitchen. Just by replacing the faucet, cabinet handles, and lighting fixtures, you will be well on your way to a modern looking kitchen. If your appliances are very old, consider switching them out for new models that are more energy efficient. If you’re interested in a more complete kitchen makeover, consider refacing your cabinets. It maintains the structure of your old kitchen, but gives a fresh look to the entire room. If you want to keep a traditional atmosphere, stay away from stainless steel appliances, and consider a cork or hardwood floor for a timeless elegance.
Even the cleanest bathroom can look dingy and dirty if it hasn’t been renovated in a while. To freshen up your bathroom, replace discolored flooring with a new tile floor, or opt for hardwood or cork if you want a unique, trendy appearance. Be sure to remove old wallpaper from the bathroom as well, as bathroom decor often ages a home more than many other rooms. To make a big difference with minimal investment, replace small but visible items like the sink faucet and toilet seat for an instant modernizing effect.
Any textiles that aren’t from the current decade are sure to date your home’s decor significantly. Switch out heavy curtains for sheer, light-colored fabrics to quickly brighten and modernize the home. Lighter materials reduce the stuffiness of old-fashioned decor and bring your home into modern times. Old rugs can also be switched for newer designs that fit your personality, rather than the personality of someone who inhabited your home years and years ago.
Besides the aesthetics, old homes also come with a host of structural problems. Along with any design renovations, call a plumber and electrician to assess any wiring or plumbing issues you may have. It may cost a bit to get the issues resolved, but problems like water leaks and faulty outlets can cause a lot of damage over time. Preventing any major issues is well worth the initial investment of having professionals look over your home.
The front door to your home creates the atmosphere for your entire house, so you don’t want this area to be outdated. If your door is worn or damaged, consider replacing or refinishing it. For a quick upgrade, just replace the simple knob on your front door with a more ornate and eye-catching handle. Frame the doorway with gas lanterns or big planters to keep the old-fashioned feeling while also creating a modern, welcoming entrance. A coordinating wreath or welcome sign on the front door completes the look and makes it your own.
A lawn that is not well maintained makes your home look both old and unkempt. Make sure to mow regularly to keep your home looking lived in. Adding shrubs, a vegetable garden, or other lawn fixtures is a great way to customize your home and make it look less like a museum piece. Shrubbery design can also do wonders to give your home an elegant appeal.
Installing stone lath, the platform to which we apply plaster to wall, is not a difficult job and needs only a few resources. If you can move a sort, cut cable with tin snips, or study a carpenter’s stage, you can do your own lathing. For comfort and speed, spend money on a lathing hatchet. If you want to use your own sort of hammer, you will have to ranking and cut the lath with a blade, which takes longer.
There is an art to apply plaster to wall excellently, and the use of the appropriate resources is important. These consist of a corner-shaping system, a plasterer’s trowel, a Darby, a hawk, a screeding rod, a pail and a huge brush. To purchase the components you will need, determine the sqft of the place to be protected.
To mix, use either a wheelbarrow or superficial timber box and mix the excellent sand and plaster, dry, in one end. Point the combining box with the dry combination in the higher end and put water in the low end. Then attract the combined excellent sand and plaster into the water a little at a time, combining regularly. If water is included into the dry mix, or all of it is drawn into the water at once, mounds are established which can’t be easily damaged up. Mix to a huge cream like reliability. Add more of the dry mix or water, as necessary.
Eventually, almost every plaster walls and roof produces breaks – if not in the broader areas, then at least where sleek surfaces be a part of one another. Breeze stress on the house, architectural development and shrinking, traffic vibrations, and family actions all play a role toward damaged plaster. Before any redecoration can take position, the unavoidable patching must always be done.
The common process for patching gaps where plaster has dropped from the walls is the same as for patching cracks: undercutting, washing, dampening and to apply plaster to wall. Before applying the spot, however, ensure that the lath or other plaster base has not come reduce from the creating associates behind. If it has, nail it returning into position.