Category: Design

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2019 May Repurposing Unused Space

Ideas about architecture, design and the use of space have changed over the years.  Back in the first half of the last century when both developers and consumers had different needs and agendas than they do today (not to mention less advanc…

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2019 May The Latest in Green Design

Even before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Green New Deal resolution to Congress on February 7, the impending consequences of climate change and global warming has been a hot topic (no pun intended). While some may cove…

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2019 May Alteration Agreements

So, you want to renovate your kitchen.  You’ve chosen your tile, cabinetry, and fixtures. You’ve gotten bids from several contractors, and are ready to dig in and overhaul the whole space.  But not so fast. You live in a co-op.  You need b…

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2019 May Design by Committee

Every member of a community association has a vested interest in the appearance of their property, both inside and out. Residents see the inside of their building every day, so it matters that it’s visually appealing. Equally importantly, t…

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2018 May Residential Architecture Trends

Through the ages, architecture and design have been symbols of evolution and change within societies. From the grandeur of the ancient world, to the Baroque and Romanesque masterpieces of the late Renaissance, and to the towering fancies of…

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2018 May The Value of Redecorating

There are plenty of reasons why a condominium, co-op or homeowners’ association might see fit to spruce up its common areas. Dated décor, seasonal inspiration, excess cash on-hand, or just sheer boredom with the current look all come to min…

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2017 September The Challenge of Small Spaces

Unless you call a sprawling Wyoming cattle ranch home, chances are that in your life, space comes at a premium. And while living in close quarters in places like New York City is often fodder for jokes, the problem of not enough space (or t…

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2016 April A New Look

The lobby of one’s building is the first thing a unit owner sees when coming home, and the first part of the building any guest (or prospective buyer) sees. In light of that, it stands to reason that comfortable, appropriate lobby furnishin…

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2014 May Design for All

Of all the responsibilities that come with being a board member or manager of a residential building, few are as important as ensuring the safety of your residents. Making and clearly communicating emergency plans, marking entrance/egress …

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2013 July Making New Things Old

 It’s a sad fact that the artisans and craftspeople who created some of the most  beautiful, distinctive interior and exterior architectural elements for  residential buildings are an endangered species. The proliferation of sleek,  glass-…

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