One of our favorite projects to work on was renovating a condo we owned. The property was a great one and we had a great time building it. Unfortunately, the new owner decided not to live there and the house was sold off. I am so happy to have the opportunity to work on something so special for myself and my family.
The thing is, even though the condo was in a great location, I couldn’t find a way to move it into its new home without some major renovations. So instead of just leaving the old house completely as it is, I decided to do some major remodeling to make it a bit more workable. First, I tore down all the windows and replaced them with the most beautiful ones I could find.
I bought the condo last spring, but I really did not have that much time. I live in a small town with only a couple hours each day I can spend on remodeling. So I started by tearing down the original house. I decided to take apart the plumbing and electrical systems in the house and make the house even more user-friendly to the point where I could have the house completely redesigned. I bought some great kitchen and bathroom appliances and bought the biggest storage chest I could find.
I did not know what to do with the plumbing and electrical systems, but I wanted to make the house feel as homey as possible. So I installed a new roof, replaced all the windows, and updated the interior with some new flooring and a few new appliances.
This is a very old concept, but some people love to renovate their homes, and I’m not one of them. I don’t think I could even imagine what it would take to do all of this, let alone do it myself. In fact, I’m surprised I even have a choice. If I want a house, I’ll probably buy a house.
I’ve lived in a few condos in the last five years. To me, they just feel like a house. They’re big, they have their own little garden, they have a real kitchen, and most of them have been on the market for over a year. That’s part of why I think they’re great places to live.
My own house is actually a condo. But I have two condo buildings on my block and they both have three-bedroom units. I just dont see how I can do all of this without changing my mind about the condo.
I’ve talked to several people about what it would take to make the condo on your block feel like a home, and it seems like you’d probably have to move a lot of stuff out of the way (especially in the kitchen). But in my case, I think it would take a lot less to make the condo feel like a home than it does to just go and build a house.
I’m going to start by saying that it would take more work to make your condo feel like your home than it does to just build a house. But if you already have a lot of furniture and your life is pretty much a home, you could build a home out of cardboard and put it on your block. It would probably take less work to just take out the furniture and replace it with the cardboard.
It took me a good number of years of remodeling my home to realize that the same amount of work isn’t needed to transform an existing home into a home. But I think the same amount of work is needed to transform a condo into a home.