1276 North Wayne St Arlington VA
We wanted to integrate the unit next door and convert the unit into our master bedroom bathroom suite...Read More
Project involved cutting a double door way through cement block firewall between the two condo units...Read More
One reason we selected Signature is that their own employees perform the work (as opposed to subbing it out) . ...Read More
Michael Urban had this to say about his project with Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths “We wanted to integrate the unit next door which we had recently bought and convert the unit into our master bedroom bathroom suite. Signature worked collaboratively with us to design the new space and came up with some good creative ideas and solutions. They also did a good job in helping us select the materials such as tile, flooring, wood finishes, etc.
When your condo or coop is starting to feel to small, it’s normal to think about buying the the unit next door, knocking down the walls and saving yourself the trouble of having to pack and move. It is tempting to dream of your newly designed home from the comfort of your living room and say, ‘Knock Down These Walls’,” says Gary Case of Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths an Washington Metro Design Build Contractor. It sounds simple, but combining two units whether you already own one now or not can actually be a real headache and quite expensive.
The budget increased a bit from the original estimate, but ended up right about where we originally thought we’d end up in terms of cost.
Signature did an excellent job in navigating the sometimes onerous permitting process with Arlington County VA, and also worked well with condo mgmt and maintenance staffs. The project involved cutting a double door way through a cement block firewall that had been between the two condo units, which required a good bit of planning and engineering/construction skills.
What to look for when combining units before starting any work?
“The first thing to know is are units structurally able to be combined,” says Case. You need to review the original building plans and understand where the load-bearing walls are, the water and gas lines other elements which may or may not be easily moved. “You will want to plan for private spaces like bedrooms to be away from noisier public spaces like kitchens and living rooms,” he said.
One reason we selected Signature is that their own employees perform the work (as opposed to subbing it out) and that was definitely a plus/advantage. The workmen/tradesmen were all highly skilled, as well as clean, neat, courteous, and detail oriented. The project took longer to complete than we anticipated, but to at least some extent there were legitimate reasons for the delays. The project manager and workmen/tradesmen were great and the owner was also personally involved during several aspects of the project. Overall the quality / result of the project was very good.