Getting “Summer Ready” in Your Strata Space

So you live in a Strata but want your balcony Spring/Summer ready so you can extend your living space for a few months…..I get it. Hard to know what you’re allowed to do on that space without signalling the powers on the council. My first tip as a Real Estate agent is don’t make them your enemy. Trust me. The people on council are fellow homeowners that all have that same goal in mind….to uphold the value of their and your home. Make them your best friend. In fact, once you have that Utopian balcony space…invite a few of them over for a glass of wine to enjoy it. Then you’re less likely to have a problem.

Having said that, you do have general guidelines to follow so that the exterior of the building stays consistent looking from the outside. Dig out your Bylaws and Rules and take a quick run through them so you get the big picture. After that? have fun staying within the rules.

If you like greenery…consider something artificial on the sidewalls that makes it feel like a true outdoor space when you’re in it. Inexpensive teak tiles help to make it feel like a detached home patio and they can’t be seen from the street. Lighting is the place you can have the most fun. They are temporary so bling it up while your using the balcony and it will feel like you are on holidays.

If you are ever unsure if something will be allowed, just call your property manager and run it by them. Usually if they present it to council, you’ll know if it’s a go or not and then you may just have strata’s permission ;))