Ideas for updating an office building
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For owners, common areas might not seem like a huge priority when it comes to making upgrades, but many experts beg to differ.
According to residential interior design experts, a building's common areas should not be neglected since shabby lobbies, hallways, community rooms, or even doorways and vestibules can detract from a building's overall appearance, and possibly take away from the value of each individual unit.
Even though you only spend a few seconds per day in the elevator cab, everyone squeezing in with their bags and umbrellas makes it an easy target for scuffs and scratches.
"The look of common areas is important, especially the lobby, which is the first impression one has of the building," says Liz Morehouse, president of Morehouse Design Associates, Inc.
in Manhattan, and a specialist in designing public areas of residential apartment buildings.
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And even though a homeowner may maintain their own apartment very well, [a poorly maintained common area] could lead to thoughts in the buyer's mind that maybe there are some financial problems in the building." "Good-looking common areas are important as a prelude to the rest of the building," says Marjorie Hilton, president of Manhattan-based Marjorie Hilton Interiors.