Frequently  Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to remodel my condo?


Typically, a condo renovation takes 3 to 6 months from start to finish, depending on the size of the condo and the scope of work as well as the level of sophistication and customization. A simple 2,000 square foot condo will fall on the lower end of the timeline while a 3,500 square foot ultra high-end remodel will take closer to 6 months. In order to best estimate, Fratelli encourages you to set up a consultation so that your specific needs can be assesed.




Do I need to hire an architect when renovating my condo?


In many instances, if the condo is located in the city of Houston limits, we do not need formal architectural plans in order to obtain permits to do a complete tear-out and remodel of your condo. Fratelli Designs will create floorplans and a scope of work defining the details and the extent of the renovation which will satisfy the permitting requirements.




What is the typical cost of a condo remodel?


While the answer to this question varies widely on the size of the condo and the level of finishing and sophistication defined in the scope of work, the average remodeling price of a 2,000 square foot condo ranges between $100,000 and $250,000. Further evaluation is needed in order to provide an accurate estimate. Fratelli Designs invites you to sert up a free consultation in order to talk about your needs in details.




How does a condo renovation differ from a single family home renovation?


To begin with, multifamily buildings have to adhere to commercial construction codes from a structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing standpoint. Fire detection and spread is another major concern that is non-existent in freestanding homes. The fire marshal wants to make sure that in the event of a fire, there wont be any immediate spread to neighboring units and appropriate prevention methods are implemented. Additionally, condos are more complex to renovate due to the fact that they are part of a building and have to adhere to the rules and regulations of the HOA. In most cases, the homeowner's association will need to approve the plans as well as the scope of work. The construction process differs as well given that most buildings only allow work to be performed from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding hollidays. Contractors have to take into considerations limitations such as the distance from parking to the condo, the size of the doord and elevators as well as hight clearances. Most builders are not equipped to defeat the logistical challenges that a condo renovation entails. It is imperarive to hire a builder that specializes in this niche in order to avoid major complications.