An Ohio apartment complex needed to upgrade its exterior for both safety and aesthetic reasons, but could they do it without raising the rent?
The Sugar Grove Square apartments in Westerville, OH cater towards senior citizens, advertising an age range of 62+. Because of their demographic, safety is of utmost importance. At the same time, these concerns need to be addressed in cost-efficient manners, as increasing rent on a group that oftentimes is working on a very limited income is not desirable.
Early in 2019, Sugar Grove found that their outdoor balconies, a beloved feature amongst their clientele, were posing a structural issue with rotting wood decking and railing. The original aesthetical appeal of the wood balconies had also shifted into unsightly territory. After determining that a rebuild needed to be done, the question remained: “How to create a safe, beautiful outdoor space without hurting the resident's budget?”
The original wood balconies at Sugar Grove
First, the original unsound cantilevered design of the balconies was replaced by a sturdier reinforced version supported by steel tubing anchored into the ground. Once that was done, the size of the balconies was increased and combined to create a stronger structural base with which to work. Sugar Grove continued their exterior remodel by adding low-maintenance decking.
Finally, to fully complete the transformation and boost aesthetics, a railing remodel needed to be completed. The rebuilders rapidly decided on Superior Aluminum Series 9000 Heavy-Duty railing to complete the repair. Upon installation of the pre-assembled railing sections, the building renovations were complete.
The remodeled Sugar Grove Apartments
Upon completion of the Sugar Grove exterior remodel, the new decks were up to modern safety standards and the aesthetics blew away the old wood cantilever design. As a major bonus, the low-maintenance decking and railing selections have taken chores off the list of the Sugar Grove maintenance team. The time saved by maintenance in the long run will more than offset the cost of the renovation, allowing Sugar Grove to maintain their affordable rates.
Overall, the balcony and railing remodel modernized the building, provided a much safer structural support, and kept rents the same.
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