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Carlos, Home Buyer in Jefferson Park, Chic...

can you do renovations on a condo? for example breaking down walls to make an extra room, redueing the kitchen, bathroom heating and cooling.

Asked by Carlos, Jefferson Park, Chicago, IL Mon Apr 23, 2012

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renovations on a condo is done all the time, depending on your condo rules or docs as we call them
you may have to get permission from the Board or Building managent.
And of course, many require that you use Licensed contractors , and submit plans to be
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 2, 2012
The heating and cooling may not be in the unit itself since some buildings have large systems that support the whole building. This is sometimes found in large highrises and old vintage buildings in the city. However, some smaller condo buildings may have the HVAC in the unit. In that case you are responsible for the maintenance of it.

You own the space, so you are allowed to do what you want as long as you obey the rules of the association. Be sure to also hire licensed contractors to do the work. ALWAYS request the condo docs and bylaws BEFORE you buy the unit, so you know what you can and can't do.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 26, 2012
You should review the Condo Association Rules and incorporate any restrictions into your design. The walls you intend to remove should be "non-load bearing". Most condo's share the plumbing stacks for waste. If your design includes moving a toilet to an entirely new location that is not a "shared" location with the other units, you may have an issue. I am not sure what sort of revisions you want to make to the heating and cooling system, but if it involves work on the roof or on an exterior wall, you may have an issue. As an Architect, I can help you try to coordinate your wants and needs into a plan that works within the rules of the Association. Feel free to contact me. Good Luck!
Naaman G. Landers III
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 24, 2012
yes you can..you just can not have an elephant in the room without a permit
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 23, 2012
Hi There! Before making renovations, check with your condominium association and make sure you have the correct permits for the additions. Best of luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 23, 2012
As long as you obtain the approval from the association, you can do interior renovations. Check the Rules and Regs. Also your building may have restrictions as to what hours the work can be performed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 23, 2012
Yes, the condominium rules and regulations will spell out the requirements for you.
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Yes, you are allowed to remodel the inside of your condo, but you will need check with the homeowners association regarding their rules and regulations regarding building permits with insured contractors and how to handle removal of construction debri. If your remodel plans include taking down any walls you will definetly need to consult with the HOA and most important a structial engineer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 23, 2012
Sure as long as your not bringing down any loan barring walls and you get your plans approved by the association.
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Yes you will need to get permits and approval from the HOA.
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Yes, you can renovate condos. Most buildings require work to be done by insured and bonded contractors. As well as plans may have to be approved by the board if removing walls.


Ivan Sagel
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