How to Customize Your Condo


We asked Sheridan Glen, a broker and manager with First Weber’s West Washington Avenue office, to share some advice on how condo owners can customize their space and get the most satisfaction for their money. Here are some of his suggestions:

1. Evaluate Your Lifestyle.

This involves more than deciding if you’re a city or country dweller; identify and reflect on your hobbies and interests. If you like watching the Food Network as much as you like making the recipes, install a television under a kitchen cabinet and spend more on kitchen upgrades and top-notch appliances. If you like to garden or entertain outside, buy a condo with a large outdoor deck.

2. Pay Attention to Detail.

For those downsizing from a house, a condo provides less space, which means everything gets looked at more closely. Visitors will note every decision, from the color of the grout to the handles on the cabinets.

3. Be Aware of the Sun.

Nobody wants a dark condo, but you may not want the sunrise to awaken you, either. Strong afternoon sunshine also can drive up electrical bills and fade furniture, so design your condo accordingly.

4. Don’t Make Style Decisions in a Void.

Many complexes now have design centers or on-staff interior designers. Take advantage of their expertise.

Madison Magazine - August 2007
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