What To Know When Buying Or Renting An Apartment With A Terrace

What To Know When Buying Or Renting An Apartment With A Terrace

What To Know When Buying Or Renting An Apartment With A Terrace

Private outdoor space in New York City is a scarce commodity; the ability to step from your apartment outside onto a terrace that isn’t shared with your neighbors is a luxury.  However, we all know outdoor space means specialized maintenance.

We wanted to know what terrace features are potentially problematic and what pitfalls renters and buyers should be aware of , so we sat down with Stephen Sannicandro, a partner at Cross NY, a construction management firm that specializes in commercial and luxury residential projects. He shared a few tips to help evaluate a terrace from a builder’s perspective.

“Things to know when buying or renting an apartment with a terrace:

  • Always make sure the gasketed seal and bottom door sill are adequately installed. Should there be heavy rain or gusts of wind, the combination of the two will leave your interior space feeling drafty and wet. A poorly-installed door can cause an owner lots of aggravation should there be a need to replace interior finished. Always check egress functionality and construction.

    These door are well-sealed against the elements. Image via Skyline Windows

  • Terrace parapet walls should be—at absolute minimum—48″ high. Always make sure the walls are structurally sound, whether made of glass, concrete or metal. Do not lean against terrace walls.

    These parapet walls are sturdy and of a suitable height. Image via Architectural Digest

  • Your terrace should weep! Not because it’s feeling sad, but because adequate drainage is necessary in order to prevent water from pooling/collecting. The floor surface should be pitched to a low point, which will collect water and drain it off.

    Look closely at the right side and you’ll see the drainage grate! Image via All Decked Out.

  • Terrace lighting is a fun way to personalize your space. Whether you choose to use sconces or incandescent string patio lights, lighting is essential to enjoying your space.”

    The Mondrian Hotel gets terrace lighting right. Image Via Design Life Network

**Click here to read TTE’s in-depth suggestions for lighting your terrace.**

For more tips and info, find Stephen at www.crossny.com or email him at ssannicandro@crossny.com