marsahabaim, Renter in Chicago, IL

is there a standard construction used to build chicago condos?

Asked by marsahabaim, Chicago, IL Sat May 25, 2013

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Jeffrey Olic…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Jul 2, 2013
Yes there is supposed to be basic minimum standards As many of the other people have suggested here. Are you looking to build, buy or do you have problems with your condo?
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Jacqueline S…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Jun 30, 2013
There is very similar construction in Chicago condos if you are talking about remodeling. All contractors must follow city building code, but each building has it own construction rules to make sure your final product does not interfere with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors, i.e. sound proofing wood or stone floors, not having the washer/dryer waste drains flowing out to the sink drain, it will cog the waste stack and affect everyone below, attaching window treatment to the metal window frame will void out a warrantee.

If you get a cheaper suburban house contractor to do a Chicago condo job, be prepared to have them walk away when it take longer then they thought and they start losing money. I see this happen all the time. Get a contractor who is familiar with condos.
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Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Wed May 29, 2013
Builders must follow City, State and any Federal Regulations that may exist.
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Le Ann Dunne, Agent, Iowa City, IA
Tue May 28, 2013
I would contact the city's building department. There should be a UCC standard that is followed in building any building within the city limits. The city should be issuing permits for any construction project. The city usually inspects the building before a certificate of occupancy is issued. Hope this information helps you.
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JIM Michaels, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon May 27, 2013
email me at to discuss your building plans
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Ivan Sagel, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun May 26, 2013

There are many unique condos and building types. I "standard" Chicago building lot is 25ft x 125ft, so you will see many cookie cutter condos that will fit in that area. What are you looking for in a condo and neighborhood?

Best regards,

Ivan Sagel
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Andy Ogorzaly, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun May 26, 2013
There are typical layouts that you see in certain Chicago neighborhoods, but there are various architectural styles and construction types. Always have an inspector look over the individual condo and building once you get under contract. There were a lot aesthetically nice looking buildings in the 1990's and 2000's that were built quickly and poorly. Even solidly built buildings can become compromised if they aren't maintained. As a result, make sure the building has good reserves, so that they can address major issues without imposing a special assessment.
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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun May 26, 2013
No, but they need to be built to code and get the proper permits.
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Nicholas Rad…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun May 26, 2013
You need to call an architect not a real estate agent or a home inspector.
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Philip Sencer, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun May 26, 2013
Hardly. Some are built with extra attention to details and some use more longer lasting material and others use the cheap stuff.
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Tina Lam, Agent, San Jose, CA
Sun May 26, 2013
Are you asking about a standard construction company, method, code, etc.?
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