…until you’ve already bought, and are ready to move in.
As I say in the video, this isn’t really a design flaw in the building that’s going to affect your day-to-day life, but you have to wonder how in God’s name a condominium developer could make a mistake like this.
Suddenly I’m picturing Ross Gellar from Friends yelling “Pivot! Pivvv-aaaat!” as he, Rachel, and Chandler try to move a couch up a flight of stairs…
Like I said – it’s not going to ruin your five-year span living here.
But when you go to move in, and out, and accept a delivery, you’re going to wonder why the hell the building is laid out like this.
It’s just ridiculous.
A truck pulls up to a loading bay, and everything is unloaded into a large, open area inside the building. That’s all well and good, but then you’re supposed to carry or dolly your possessions through two commercial doors, probably 35-36 inches wide each, then navigate a bumpy interlocking-stone corridor, across to one single door, 35-36 inches on its own, where very little can fit through.
It’s a massive design flaw, and it causes problems for every single person who goes to move in.
I remember a few years back (and several security companies ago…) when I ordered a new fridge from Home Depot. The “head” concierge or security guard at the time was incredibly overzealous, and he loved condescension. He’s the kind of 48-year-old single guy that wakes up in his basement apartment each morning and asks his cat, “So what are you going to do today? Laze around, lick yourself, take a crap, and wait for me to get home? Great, thanks Mittens, that’s reaaally helpful!”
He came outside to “oversee” the delivery of the fridge, and we went to try and fit it through that stupid “moving door,” but of course, it didn’t fit.
The concierge said, “Well, that’s too bad,” and I asked him what he suggested we do.
“I can’t offer any solution, unfortunately,” he said. “That’s the only moving door in the building,” he added, with a happy smirk.
“Do you think I should put it back on the truck, pay the restocking fee, and then keep using my broken fridge?” I asked him, partially returning the condescension he had bestowed upon me for several years, but also offering him an option that no sane person would take.
“Well, you might have to,” he said. “This is the only moving door in the building,” he reiterated. “There’s simply no way to get it from here, into the elevator.”
“Great, thanks,” I told the concierge, as I immediately turned toward the two moving guys from Home Depot. “Guys, let’s go through the front door.”
Yes, the front door to the building, which is about 4-5 inches wider than the “moving door,” for some odd reason.
The concierge put up a fight, for a few minutes, and actually trotted ahead toward the door in some bizarre attempt to wave us away, but then he realized that the two 260-pound men with neck tattoos were barreling toward him, and quite intent on checking the box for another successful delivery.
So here we have this 500-unit building, with this gorgeous lobby with 18-foot ceilings, and we’re pushing a dolly and a fridge through the front door.
That stupid moving door.
I don’t understand it.
In fact, I don’t recall being in another condo with one small moving door. Let me know if your building has something similar.
Every building has flaws; some more than others.
Remember the video I shot back in 2013 – of our party room, which also happens to contain the ONLY entrance to the common terrace?
Let me dig it up and I’ll post it below.
Imagine having your grandfather’s 90th birthday, about to take a photo of your extended family of 40 people, and in the background there are party-goers from the 5th floor, walking up the ramp to the terrace, carrying a couple two-fours.
Short of blowing a hole through the brick wall, I’m pretty sure we’re stuck with what we’ve got:
Wow, remember when we had video cameras, instead of just using our iPhone’s?
A lot changes in four years…
Anyways, if you’ve got a serious design flaw in your condo, I’d like to hear about it!
And oh, what the heck, we may as well end on this note: