I want to renovate my condo. What am I allowed to do?
Remodeling updates your home, makes it more pleasant to live in and increases your property value. However, when you live in a condominium, your remodeling may affect the property and rights of other owners. The association’s goal is to allow owners freedom to change their own environment, but at the same time protect the structure as well as allow for safe access and use of common utilities by every owner.
(Log in, and select ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW.)
DO I NEED BOARD/ASSOCIATION APPROVAL TO REMODEL MY HOME?
If your remodeling is replacing existing fixtures, cabinets, carpets, or virtually anything else within the four walls of your home, and you do not change or modify the location of any structural component or utility (wiring, plumbing, venting, drainage, etc), you can usually do so without Board approval. There are some exceptions and things to be aware of:
- Structural – Many interior walls contain structural supports for the home or floor above. You cannot change or move structural components within or under your home without written Board approval. This is to prevent inadvertent damage to the building.
- Utilities – Common utilities such as venting, fresh water supply, sewage and drainage pipes serve multiple owners. You cannot modify or move them in any way without written Board approval. This would include efforts to re-locate a bathtub, or change the configuration of the kitchen.
All exterior modifications or improvements should be approved through the community Association’s Architectural Control process. No modifications may be made without prior approval.
Replacement windows must match original windows in style, and match the Birchbrook Almond paint color from the exterior. Additional details to come.
PATIO DOOR REPLACEMENT
Replacement patio doors must match original doors in style, or may be replaced with french doors, and match the Birchbrook Almond paint color from the exterior. Additional details to come.
What's the process for submitting the application? How long does it take to get approval?
Log into TownSq and click ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATION to submit your application.
Once the application is submitted it will be reviewed by the Board of Directors to review each submission to determine that the request complies with the association’s architectural guidelines. A response from the committee may take as many as 30 days from the date of submission. Please ensure that you provide as much information as possible with your application to avoid delays.