Committee Chair: Kira Tokarz
Design Review Procedures Renovations/Modifications
If you plan to renovate, improve, or modify your unit, you need to submit an Architectural Change Request (ACR) Form package for approval by the Board of Directors. The process is described in detail in the "Design Review Procedures" section of the Residents Handbook.
A few common improvements that DO NOT require Board approval:
- Routine maintenance or minor alterations do not require approval (e.g., plaster/drywall repair, painting, wallpapering, and carpeting).
- Appliance replacement in the same location with the same hookups does not need approval (e.g., a new refrigerator).
- Replacement of an air conditioner, provided it is replaced with approved size for the sleeve.
- Installation of a backsplash on an existing wall.
A few common improvements that DO require Board approval:
- A major new appliance does need approval (e.g., installation of an appliance where one did not previously exist or where modifications to water lines or electrical will be performed).
- New ceiling light where one did not exist previously.
- Window replacement.
- Removal, replacement or installation of flooring (with the exception of replacing carpeting with carpeting, which does not require Board approval).
When in doubt, it's best to request approval to be on the safe side. The Board and Covenants Committee generally support upgrading and improving units provided safety and stylistic concerns are met. A rule of thumb is: if the changes affect only the unit interior, unit owners have wide latitude if neither adjoining units nor building structural integrity are affected.
We ask that all work be done by licensed, insured, and bonded contractors. Contractor license and insurance information should be included as part of ACRs.