Condo Renovating

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Posted by: from Burlington
11/12/2011 at 9:58:57 AM

A client has just asked me to close up a wall in a condo (in Toronto) that the previous owner had cut out to extend the size of the master bedroom. The job is very simple. They did not remove the whole wall, but just created an oversize passageway. It is a non-loadbearing wall. Do not know if there is a proper header, no electrical was modified, that I can tell. No closets were affected, and original door to the second bedroom is still there. All I need to do is remove corner bead, frame it in, drywall and finish trim.

My questions to my coleagues are:

Do I need permit? What condominium related questions should I ask, i.e. access to elevator, hours of work? Not sure what else to ask but need to account for as much as I can in my quote. Property is in Toronto.

Thanks in advance.


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Date/Time11/16/2011 at 4:04:24 PM

I don't think you need a permit as there was a wall there prior and it's not structural. But you'll need to find out what hours your allowed to work, what can you throw out there i.e garbage, parking, you do need to set up an elevator for service to bring your tools up. If you don't they won't hang blankets on the elevator walls and you could end up being blamed for someone else's damage. By the way, don't use wood studs, most condos use the flimsy steel ones. You also will need to provide your insurance to the condo board. Oh yeah and good luck if you like to do everything properly measured! I have yet to work in a condo with straight lines. The last one we did the drywall wasn't properly fastened to the studs, if you pushed on the wall lightly the whole wall would flex by 2-4 inches!

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