Apartment to buy and renovate
The search for the perfect apartment to renovate is akin to the quest for a hidden treasure. The key lies in discovering those qualities that, at first glance, may go unnoticed but hold transformative potential. When we visit an apartment before renovation, we follow certain fundamental points that will help identify the ideal apartment to purchase and renovate.
Have a good feeling.
Intuition plays a crucial role when looking for an apartment to renovate because, without knowing why, a space emits a positive feeling that inspires confidence. This “good feeling” can manifest itself through brightness, an emotional connection with the architecture, or simply a sense of comfort. Following this intuition can indicate hidden potential in the apartment and significantly motivate us in the renovation project. Although intuition is important, it’s also essential to conduct a careful technical evaluation.
The building's details speak to its construction quality
We cannot know how the building was originally constructed or what quality of materials was used. In every era, there are both good and bad builders and developers. A good way to gauge the budget and care invested in the building is through architectural details such as the railing ornamentation, moldings, or the presence of original architectural elements in common areas. Construction quality is often associated with a greater number of these elements. A well-constructed building will allow you to make modifications more easily and achieve a higher-quality end result.
Furthermore, architectural details can become a catalyst for creativity and help create a timeless and soulful space.
Check the evelope in penthouses and ground floors
If you are considering a penthouse or a ground-floor apartment, it is essential to pay special attention to the enclosure because these spaces are more exposed to heat, rain, humidity, etc. Make sure there are no structural damage, moisture, or severe issues behind the false ceilings, as they can be indicative of more costly problems. Also, because they are more exposed to external conditions, they may perform less efficiently in terms of climate control, which implies a greater investment in insulation. On the other hand, a well-conditioned penthouse or a ground-floor unit in good condition can be true gems for renovation with large terraces or gardens, but they require a more thorough inspection.
Open layouts: load-bearing walls and general drainage
Versatility in the layout is a crucial factor in any renovation project. It’s important to identify whether the partitions are load-bearing walls, which can restrict design possibilities. Non-structural walls produce a hollow sound when tapped with a fist and often indicate the opportunity to open up spaces and create larger and brighter environments.
Likewise, the presence of general drainage points in the apartment can offer the necessary flexibility to design areas like bathrooms and kitchens according to your needs. An apartment with multiple drainage points usually simplifies the placement of these essential areas, avoiding costly and complicated adjustments to the plumbing network. The ability to play with the layout is a significant benefit in any renovation project.
Location is a personal
The location of an apartment to renovate is a subjective choice that depends on individual preferences. Some opt for the bustle of the city center, while others seek tranquility in more remote areas. The decision influences the need for soundproofing and the layout of the space. In urban areas, good insulation is required to counteract external noise, while in quieter places, the layout can focus on making the most of the natural surroundings. Ultimately, understanding your preferences and considering the surrounding environment will help you tailor the renovation to create a space that suits your lifestyle and provides the peace you desire in your home.
In summary, the search for an apartment with renovation potential involves an approach that goes beyond appearances, requiring the ability to discover the hidden qualities of the apartment. While construction quality, structural integrity, and layout flexibility are crucial technical aspects, we should not underestimate the subjective emotional component that also plays a decisive role in our choice. Once purchased, with careful assessment and planning, we will take care of transforming an ordinary space into a unique, efficient, and personalized home.