What you can and cannot do with renovation
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◇ What you can and cannot do with renovation ◇
There are different things that can and cannot be done when renovating single-family homes and condominiums.
A wide range of improvements can be made to detached houses, such as making bold changes to the exterior and floor plan, and improving earthquake resistance and insulation.
On the other hand, in apartment complexes such as condominiums, there are restrictions on shared areas and regulations, so it is often impossible to renovate the exterior, and the focus is on updating the interior.
In this column, we will focus on single-family houses and condominiums, and explain what you can do and what to keep in mind when renovating them.
It’s important to understand that each has unique limitations and possibilities, and to consider these differences when planning.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can and cannot do with single-family homes and condominiums.
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Renovation allows for a variety of updates and improvements.
Especially in the case of detached houses, it is possible to improve the exterior, interior, foundation, and earthquake resistance of the house.
In the case of housing complexes such as condominiums, it is often possible to carry out construction only on privately owned areas.
No construction work can be done on the balcony or entrance as it is a shared area.
Please check the condominium regulations for details.
We will introduce renovations and renovations that are possible for both detached houses and condominiums.
・Renovation of floors, walls, and ceilings
By changing to new materials and designs, you can completely change the atmosphere in your room.
An effective lighting plan allows you to control the overall brightness and ambience of a room.
By replacing your kitchen or bathroom with a new system, you can improve functionality and usability.
・Introduction of high-performance windows
Installing internal windows improves insulation and soundproofing functions.
・Change of floor plan
In the case of condominiums and other collective housing, it is essential to check the management regulations and structure, but it is also possible to change the floor plan by skeleton remodeling parts other than the foundation.
・Improved insulation properties
Adding insulation to walls, ceilings, and floors can improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs.
(In the case of condominiums, there are some areas where this is not possible due to the structure.)
Furthermore, in the case of detached houses, there are many things that can be done through renovation.
Let me give you an example.
・Strengthening earthquake resistance
For older buildings, it is essential to improve their earthquake resistance.
The foundation is particularly important, and it is recommended that it be reviewed to meet the latest seismic standards.
You can completely change the look of your home by replacing the exterior walls with new materials.
・Replacement of entrance door
By changing to a high-performance entrance door, you can improve insulation and security.
Utilize the attic space to add storage space or a hobby room.
Get expert advice and plan according to your budget and needs.
When renovating an apartment, you need to keep in mind various points that are different from those for a detached house.
Below are some points to keep in mind.
・Obtain permission from the management association
Since a condominium consists of multiple units, it is essential to obtain permission and cooperation from the management association.
Explain your plan properly and get permission.
・Building structure and regulations
Condominiums have a large impact on other residential units, so it is essential to check the building structure and legal regulations.
Structural changes and regulatory compliance measures will be required.
・Consideration for noise and vibration
Even in a detached house, you need to be considerate of your neighbors, but in an apartment building, you need to be even more considerate because there are people living on the upper and lower floors.
Noise and vibration are major problems in apartments.
– Handling of garbage and waste
You must be especially careful when disposing of garbage and waste within the condominium.
Be sure to follow the regulations of each condominium and avoid causing inconvenience.
・Use of elevators and hallways
When transporting large building materials and equipment, it is essential to use elevators and common hallways.
You need to choose a construction company that takes good care of you.
・Adherence to schedule
Condominium renovations must proceed as planned.
On-time schedules and on-budget are essential to minimizing the impact on the neighborhood.
When it comes to renovations, there are differences in what can be done and precautions for single-family homes and condominiums.
In detached houses, it is possible to make bold changes to the exterior and floor plan to improve earthquake resistance and insulation.
On the other hand, in condominiums, permission from the management association is required, and while it may be difficult to renovate the exterior, it is possible to update the interior or change the floor plan.
Furthermore, when renovating a condominium, permission from the management association and confirmation of the building structure are essential, and consideration must be given to noise and vibration to neighbors.
Handling of trash and waste, use of elevators and hallways, and adherence to schedules are also important points.
When planning a renovation, the key to success is considering the type of property and smooth communication with related organizations and residents.
If you are thinking about renovating your precious home, please contact us.