Array
Building & Renovating

6 Things You Can Change In a Condo Unit

You don’t have to be stuck with your turned-over unit—there are countless design possibilities for your condo home

Shares
Original Article: Katherine Lopez & Hannah Dormido Photography: Sam Lim & Miguel Nacianceno (main photos)

So you’ve finally invested your life savings into your first condo home. You’ve completed the down payment, secured all the legal documents, and been handed the key for the turnover. And when you open the door—the unit is completely bare.

Don't be surprised, as almost all condo units are turned over almost bare (and your broker should always show you a sample of the condo unit in its bare, turned-over state as opposed to the dressed-up model unit). And do not fret, as you can change the finishes, paint, and even the room configurations of most condo units, depending the building administrations’ rules and regulations. In some buildings with relaxed rules, the only things you can’t change are the electrical wiring, plumbing, and windows.

But first, know your building’s rules and regulations about unit renovations. “All units have their own specifications and limitations when it was built. There are areas especially on plumbing and electrical that connect each unit with each other na dapat hindi magalaw pag nag-renovate ka,” says decorator Grace Moslares. “Sometimes, there are guidelines that are not ideal for a unit owner, so they should determine this early on,” adds Joy Adriano, an interior designer. Joy suggests that the homeowner consult with an interior designer especially if there are rules that the unit owner does not understand, so that both of them “can interpret the guidelines for the owner and design around the restrictions.”

“When all of these have been done, the contractor will be given a Notice to Proceed which outlines the scope of work to be done in the unit, as well as the duration of the contract as requested by the contractor,” says Joy. Here are six things that you can change in a condo unit—provided you run these by the building administration first.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

The Ultimate Bangkal Makati Thrift Shopping Guide

Let's revisit this famous place and get all the insider tips and tricks on budget and secondhand shopping in Bangkal and Evangelista

South Folks, Going Home From NAIA Is Now More Convenient Than Ever

UBE Express launches new routes to Muntinlupa and Laguna

Get Rid of These 5 Items in Your Closet

Decluttering your closet can be hugely tiring, but the benefits will surely be worth it

8 Design Hacks To Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Because your tiny loo can be big in style

LOOK: The Kamuning Footbridge Gets a Makeover

See how architect Paulo Alcazaren reimagines the problematic footbridge as an urban oasis

5 Items in Your Home That May Harm Your Pets

Ensure a safe home for your beloved furry friends

6 Details That Are Probably Making Your Home Look Ugly

Because the devil really is in the details

What to Give Your Friends This Christmas, According to Their Zodiac Sign

Turn to the stars for stellar gift advice and give your friends something they'd really like

These Modern-Pinoy Throw Pillows Are Made By a Babaylan

A shaman from the Manobo tribe hand-embroiders symbols and prayers into these pillows

Cooking For The Holidays Just Got Easier With These Kitchen Tools

Make holiday cooking even more exciting with these handy tools and gadgets

7 Steps to Prevent Mice in Your Home

Solve your rodent infestation issue at home once and for all

Find The Perfect Scent For You and Your Home at This IG-Worthy Store

Relish the sweet notes in the air and marvel at the bottles lining up the shelves at Scentsmith Perfumery
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!