Condo Design Tips from an Award Winning Designer!

Monday, March 22, 2010


Golden Gate Bridge at looking south-south-east...
While in San Francisco over the past few days I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Toronto and other large North American cities, especially when looking at all new condo developments.

This is one of the questions I get all the time: what is the most important factor to consider when choosing your condo. It’s not easy to decide what is most important when looking for that condominium to call home. There are many elements to be considered, but certainly these three are one of the most important from many points of view.

From an interior design perspective, the SIZE dictates if the space has potential to accommodate some of the main functions- reading, relaxing, sleeping, cooking, entertaining, working from home, etc. When shopping for a condo make sure you think about the overall look when all your furniture will be brought in. This is something that many buyers don’t consider prior to signing the agreement of purchase and sale, just to realize after they move in, that an additional investment in new furniture is required.

Why is the VIEW related to the size? Well…you can always find more than one way of arranging furniture in an average size condo, but when it comes to small spaces many times you only have one option. I know that because I lived in one of those spaces not too long ago, and the only place to place a sofa was in front of the window. While this is perfectly fine for certain condos, when living in a small space with a great view, placing the sofa in front of the window kills half of that view. Not only you will not be able to enjoy the view when relaxing on your sofa, but when showcasing the space prior to sale, the potential buyer will not even see the view as a feature.

City and County of San FranciscoLinking San Francisco with Marin County the Golden Gate Bridge painted orange vermilion, deemed the "International Orange" is a true sensory beauty featuring color, light and dynamic perspectives. With a view like this, any condo unit facing the waterfront is a great investment, and this is true for most waterfront condos in the world.
For some people, even a tiny narrow corner ocean view is worth the investment, this is definetely a personal choice.

The orange vermilion and its tone variations has inspired many designers and condo owners to use it as an accent in their decor. This bedroom is located in Millenium Tower condo, one of the most prestigious developments in San Francisco. Check out this amazing 1 bedroom unit.
LOCATION is sometimes as strong as a feature as the view. Small condos are the main attraction for single professionals and young couples, so most likely you spend some quality time socializing with friends. What better location than a nice shopping area, close to local transportation, restaurants, theatres. Each city has its own hot spots, do your research before making a final decision, after all it is the place you will call home

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