2011 May
Focus on... Architecture & Design

Design
2011 May The Cooperator's 24th Annual Co-op & Condo Expo

 Since its launch in 1987, The Cooperator's annual Co-op & Condo Expo has become a fixture on the business calendar of vendors, service  providers, board members, building staff members and residents all over the  tri-state area. Each year…

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Design
2011 May If You Build It...

Whether you're talking about an individual unit owner's renovation project or a major capital improvement that affects the whole building, chances are that there will be an architect involved at some point, to a greater or lesser degre…

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Design
2011 May Green at Home

 Gone are the days when living green meant dwelling in a geodesic dome-house in  the woods somewhere with a sofa and love seat made out of tree stumps. Today,  living green doesn’t look much different than traditional interior design—even …

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Design
2011 May A Gem of a Gym

 Like any major project in a co-op or condominium, installing a gym is made up of  two separate yet equally important parts: The brass tacks of planning and  executing the project, and the politics of running it through the board and  resi…

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Design
2011 May Do-It-Yourself, or Call a Pro?

 These days, the urge to save a few dollars here and there may be inspiring the  creatively inclined to try their hand at home renovation. Before picking up the  paint brush or tearing up that carpeting however, it may be worth it to consu…

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Design
2011 May Don't Forget to Look Up

 A residential building’s roof is its first line of defense against whatever the skies throw at it. Left  untreated, roof problems can proliferate and cause thousands of dollars in  damages to residents’ property, as well as the building i…

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Design
2011 May Detecting Plumbing Problems

 Of all the modern conveniences we take for granted, perhaps none is as essential  as indoor plumbing. By carrying fresh water into our homes and taking waste  water away, the pipes in our buildings are a little-noticed and well-engineered…

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Design
2011 May Capital vs. Cosmetic

 Co-op, condo owners and board members understand certain truths; one is that  whether aesthetic, mechanical or otherwise, every building will require repair,  upgrades and improvements. Determining what is a capital project versus what is…

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Q&A
2011 May Q&A: Adding Relative's Names to Stock Certificate

Q Recently shareholders have asked to have family names added to proprietary stock certificates (I was told to avoid estate “problems” in the future.) I balked (I'm on the board) stating the legal rights of ownership, and liabilities, t…

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Q&A
2011 May Q&A: Unfair Dog Rules

Q “My husband and I are moving into a community that doesn't allow dogs. However there are people who do have dogs because they said that the law passed 12 years ago and people who had dogs then could keep their dogs and if their dog d…

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Q&A
2011 May Q&A: Taking Action Against a Negligent Board

Q Our building is being run by family-based board members. The building is falling apart and there are apartments that have been sitting empty for more than 10 years. We have never seen a financial report. What can we do to change this? …

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