Overview. The July 2020 vote by the OT Owners approved a loan and an HOA increase for multiple infrastructure and common area projects. One of the approved projects is an upgrade to our two guest rooms. The 2021 Common Space Committee met in August 2021 and is now working to move this project forward as funds become available (likely Spring 2022.)
Steps. The following are the steps to get us two newly renovated guest rooms:
Engage a professional space planner/designer to develop an optimal space plan for both guest rooms. Preliminary concepts by the lobby designer (E. Halff) and input about desired functionality of the rooms will be part of the design process.
Common Space Committee meets with the space planner for input and discussion.
Once the space planner and the Committee finalize the space plan, the committee picks the flooring, wall tile, paint, and furniture.
Once the design is near complete, we can seek out bids for the work.
Once a contractor is chosen and when funds become available from the board, the project can begin.
Room Functionality. From previous Common Space Committee meetings. Listed below are possible types of guests using the rooms and the functionalities desired in the guest rooms. This list is preliminary. The Common Space Committee will provide more input as the designer shares initial proposals.
Potential guest rooms users 1. Overnight guests 2. Multi-night guests 3. Guests with children 4. Mid- to Long- term guests (eg owners awaiting renovation on their unit)
Potential guest room improvements 1. Overhaul bathrooms—accessible shower (no tub.) Eliminate glass walls/door if possible for ease of cleaning. Consider adding storage, counterspace, outlets, hanging. Storage for bath linens, cleaning supplies, paper products. 2. Improve functionality of space immediately outside bathrooms. Improve storage, hanging, surfaces. 3. Create work space—Add meaningful work surface, lighting, easy charging ability. Storage. 4. Create simple kitchenette. Microwave, sink, small fridge, work surface, storage. 5. Free standing seating/table (4 top) 6. Maximize space for storage under work surfaces, in walls (eg., add additional hanging space.) 7. Consider making rooms connect by adding door between rooms (eg convenience for families using both rooms.) 8. Wall mounted television. 9. One room with queen bed, second room with twin beds. Consider leaving space for potential use of a rollaway bed.
Plans/Renderings. After consulting with the Common Space Committee, the designer will provide scale drawings similar to those below. These drawings are SAMPLES ONLY from an unrelated project. The actual Olmos Tower guest room drawings will be posted here once they are created and approved by the Common Space Committee.
SAMPLE Room Designs (Actual OT drawings will be posted when created and approved.)
Below are conceptual thoughts on the guest room space provided by our lobby architect Eleanor Halff in 2018.