Tips for Remodeling South Coast Apartment and Condo Kitchens

Tips for Remodeling South Coast Apartment and Condo Kitchens

apartment-condo-remodelEven if you purchase the most beautiful apartment or condominium, chances are you will eventually get tired of the way things look and will want to check into kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Depending on the size of your kitchen space, you may need to work with a company that specializes in kitchen counters, cupboards, countertops and other materials for apartments and condos. If you are interested in seeing what is available in the way of South Coast kitchen cabinets today, stop by our Fall River showroom at Paul’s Quality Kitchens to see them in person for yourself.

In addition to providing top quality materials for kitchen and bathroom remodeling in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode island, we also specialize in custom remodeling options and professional kitchen design. In many cases, apartments and condos require materials that are smaller or more condensed than any stock cupboards or cabinets available through home improvement stores. Due to our many years of experience working with clients in apartments and condominiums, we are prepared to help you achieve your goals and find solutions for your unique structural situation.

Know the Rules Before You Start
Another important thing that you need to know before you do any type of kitchen and bathroom remodeling in an apartment or condo – even if you are the property owner – is that there might be restrictions that govern the way that you do your remodeling project. For example, the building may have governing documents that state how the work should be done and when it should be done so as not to interfere with the quality of life and schedules of neighbors. Insurance is also something that needs to be considered, as the work crew would be bringing things in and out of the apartment or condo through a shared hallway, breezeway, stairway or elevator. The impact on other residents must be taken into consideration.

Before you purchase any materials or sign any contracts with designers and installers, make sure to speak with the co-op board or the property manager. You may be required to get approval for any major alterations or upgrade and the board may require that an engineer sign off on any changes to ensure that the rest of the building is protected against damages. Any contractor that you work with, either for installing South Coast kitchen cabinets or handling the professional design of kitchen and bathroom remodeling, should be insured. You just want to make sure that you do everything you can to work within the bylaws and rules of the property so you won’t be in breach of your agreement.

Full Remodels and Small Upgrades
Depending on the type of work that you want to get done, you might not have to go through all of that paperwork and approvals. In some cases, a simple upgrade of kitchen counters or cabinets can be signed off by the governing body without it becoming a big deal. However, any time you involve a major contractor or vendor in your project, you will likely need insurance and written approval. Contractors, such as plumbers, electricians, HVAC and other professionals, will likely carry their own insurance and you will need to present that information to the board for consideration. Other changes that are more cosmetic in nature, such as painting or adding new carpets, might not need to go through an approval process. Either way, make sure to speak with someone in charge of the governing body so you don’t accidentally break any rules.

The requirements regarding kitchen and bathroom remodeling or upgrades throughout your apartment or condominium will vary from building to building. So even if you had some experience making an upgrade to a condo a few years ago at a different location, chances are your experience won’t be the same at the new one. Getting permission and approval is essential. Owners who do not get approval could experience potential fall out afterwards with the board or with other neighbors. The building manager has a legitimate reason to require approval for all work, as they are responsible for the safety and experience of everyone in the building, not just one or two residents.

Contact Paul’s Quality Kitchens for a FREE Quote
If you are thinking about upgrading your South Coast kitchen cabinets, kitchen counters or other elements of your apartment of condominium anywhere in Southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island, call Paul’s Quality Kitchens. Our team of skilled craftsmen can help you get the kitchen and bathroom remodeling services you require and can help you choose the best options at our Fall River showroom. Give us a call today at 508-324-9464 to schedule an in-home evaluation or to learn more about any of our professional services.

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