Category: Design

Design
2016 February What’s Old is New Again

In New York City, a great source of pride equates from owning an apartment in a landmark building or living in one of the city’s historic or architectural masterpieces. Though, along with such ownership arise unique challenges involvi…

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2016 February Coloring Your Community

For better or worse, color affects human behavior. Research indicates that practical and aesthetic applications of color, in public and private spaces, can manipulate mood and perception. A board planning to redecorate or refurbish common s…

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2016 January A New Look for Your Lobby

Imagine buying a timeshare vacation place. Next…picture sharing it with everyone in your building. Finally, visualize the place you choose cannot be changed, at all, for the next twenty years.  Now, where do you look? In Florida…

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2016 January Fix 'er Up

Whereas certain issues are easy to delegate and oversee, such as snow and ice removal and replacing light bulbs, there are more difficult maintenance concerns. And while these problems (i.e. roof inspection, HVAC upkeep) are critical to smo…

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2015 May The Community’s Hub

Co-ops and condos draw prospective residents with a wide variety of appealing features, from proximity to an office or family member to amazing views of the Manhattan skyline to the concept of having someone else mow the lawn, fix the roof…

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2015 May Spring in Your Step

Winter in New York is a magical time, filled with walks through dirt, grime and slush, exorbitant weather-induced dry cleaning bills, and excessive clothing accessories…often enough to shame Ralphie from A Christmas Story. Upon…

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2015 May Unique Amenities

These days, buying a new co-op or condominium might mean access not only to your dream home but also to the kind of high-end amenities that can transform a beautiful home into a spectacular one. At least that is the goal of developers and …

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2015 May Age Appropriate Programming

Being a member of a community means different things to different people. As such, when it comes to offering social programs and amenities, respective wants, needs and preferences can run the gamut. For board members and managers, having p…

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2015 April Lobby and Hallway Improvements

There’s an old saying, ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ and that holds very true for multifamily buildings. Large or small, deluxe or modest, a building's lobby serves as a snapshot for the rest…

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2014 October Wall Treatments and Wall Coverings

Some of us will never forget the ultimate question posed by Paris Hilton on the reality show The Simple Life. The overly coiffed, highly-manicured Hilton was “roughing it” by bunking with a working-class family in middle Americ…

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