Condo Owners & Balcony Bylaws

Toronto’s high-rise residences are growing by the day – one of the only ways to have a piece of outdoor living is to have a balcony.

However, balconies can be a bit complicated when you’re looking to add decor, plants, furniture or any sort of appliance.

Here are a few important things to consider:

BBQ’s:

Nothing says summer like a barbecue gettogether! However, most often barbeques are illegal on balconies. Some residents are lucky to have a gas line built-in for a combustible model, while others may not be able to have a grill at all. Not only can propane present a huge fire, smoke, and smell hazard concern for neighbours, but there are also laws that specify how propane tanks can only be moved if a list of criteria is met. It’s also against the law to take them up main elevators!

Cement & Greenery:

Cold, grey stone isn’t exactly inviting, and although tiles and turf designed for outdoors may add warmth to an outdoor space, you will have to check with your condo’s board. A lot of condos have banned these additions due to fire risks from flying cigarette butts. Some buildings have even banned area rugs!

As for your green thumb, you may need to go easy. Although the majority of condos will allow plants, you will need to be mindful of the height and placement, also due to fire hazards. There may also be weight restrictions for large, dirt-filled planters and tall arrangements. Ceiling planters are almost never allowed, so container planting is usually the way to go!

Storage: 

A big complaint amongst downtown Toronto condos and management is the inability to keep bikes on balconies due to the dirt they track in through the unit. There is also a known issue with large stored items on balconies such as cardboard boxes, plastic bins, and shelving. Ensure you know the rules before counting on storing your items outside!

9 Paint Colours To Dominate 2019

As 2018 winds down and we turn our attention to the new year, it’s time to take a look at colour trends on the horizon. This year’s collection runs from warm terra cottas to moody cool hues.

Unlike Pantone’s Living Coral pick, none of these nine paint colours are very bright, making them much more decor-friendly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cavern Clay from Sherwin-Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Earthen Trail from Pratt & Lambert

 

 

 

 

 

3. Spice of Life from Dunn-Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pineapple Cream Granita from Clark & Kensington

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Metropolitan from Benjamin Moore

 

 

 

 

 

6. Blueprint from Behr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Peacock Blue from Kelly-Moore

 

 

 

 

8. Garden Patch from Dutch Boy

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Night Watch from PPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which colour is your favourite? What other colour do you think should be a contender for 2019 Colour of the Year?

Are Condo Boards Working With The Grinch?

“No Christmas Trees Allowed?”

Most Condo Boards have begun posting notices around their lobby and in mail rooms “Real Christmas Trees are Not Permitted” “Wreaths and Other Decorations or Door Knockers Are Not to Be Hung on Your Unit Door”.

Does Your Condo Board Allow Christmas Trees?

Many of these notices have logical reasons behind them, fire hazards for example, and imagine hundreds of unit owners trying to proudly fit their 7ft Douglas Fir into the elevators. Talk about a cramped elevator ride – and a messy lobby!

However these bulletins during the Holiday Season can sound like they were written by the Grinch himself.

So how can we get our Holiday Spirit Back into our Condominiums?


Check Out Our 3 Favourite Ways to Add Some Festive Decorations To Your Condo!

  1. For Outdoorsy Types, swap out some shelves with tree branches. You’ll get that authentic Christmas tree feel without the pine-needle mess!

Keep it low enough for the kids to hang their favourite soft ornaments with ribbon or string

One string of lights should do the trick – Have some fun and dump the regular shaped bulbs for star shaped lights!

 


2. If it’s pretty ornaments that get you into the holiday spirit, a mesh screen is a great place setter for your favourite ones! This gorgeous DIY vintage window frame can display as many  or as little ornaments as you like.

Bonus: Not feeling the spot you set up? Pick up the whole frame (carefully) and move it around to any room you like!

3. A True Artist Cannot *Resist* a Chalk Board Wall! Check out the beautiful scene complete with fireplace and ode to Rudolph.

How are you going to dress up your Condo For The Holidays? 

Let us know! Post your pics on social media and hashtag #SuttonSpirit so we can see them too! 

 

Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc. Brokerage www.SuttonRealty.com
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