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A Savior in Sight for Struggling New Yorkers

A Savior in Sight for Struggling New Yorkers

To those of us suffering the consequences, the following statistic will not come as surprise: the price of New York real estate rose 5.2% over the past year alone.

CBS Money Watch ranked Manhattan as the number one most expensive city to live in in America, based on the prices of things like rent, a cup of coffee, a meal out, a haircut and other everyday expenses. The average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Manhattan is $4,042 per month, or about $48,500 a year, while the average annual take-home salary is $84,000. Considering real estate agents and financial experts recommend spending no more than 25% of your salary on your rent, these numbers are not matching up.

The sad truth is not that New Yorkers want to overspend on their shelter situation or that they can’t bear to give up the luxury living they are accustomed to – luxury living is hardly the case for the majority of these urban dwellers. Rather, Manhattanites are forced to dig deeper and deeper into their pockets just in order to live somewhere that is barely sanitary and functional.

It’s not just the young professionals who are feeling the squeeze. With its prestigious preschools, expansive parks and attractive lifestyle, more and more young families are putting down roots in this historic city. Yet these hard working mothers and fathers feel trapped in apartments that are way too small for their growing families…but how could they afford a place with more bedrooms?

As families get older, siblings who used to love the fun of sharing a room are now teenagers who no longer find it so appealing. Even upper middle-class business owners and employees making generous, comfortable salaries can’t shell out the sums required for a bigger place; rent prices are rising disproportionately to salary increases.

Now, more than ever, city residents need a solution – a clever way to sidestep  the issues without dishing out more money or giving up on the privacy they need.

It’s amazing what a pressurized wall can do.

Temporary, non-damaging pressurized walls are the solution for New York City students, professionals and families. These stable structures are just as sturdy and unobtrusive as an ordinary wall, yet they can be installed wherever your apartment needs it most. All of a sudden, one shared bedroom is two separate havens for your privacy-seeking teenagers or the perfect spot to put your precious new arrival.

With customizable heights, a pressurized wall can be fit exactly to the specifications of your apartment, so that it runs from floor to ceiling with no gaps or spaces. A door frame and standard size door complete the look, so that no one is even able to tell which wall was not built originally.

To take it one step further, pressurized walls can include windows, closets, French doors…just about anything a standard wall includes, from the most basic college dorm to the most luxurious Manhattan penthouse.

Maybe one day in the far off future, salaries will tenfold while rent prices drop, but until then, New Yorkers will find that a temporary wall offers them the solution they are seeking.

How Temporary Pressurized Walls are Built

You probably have heard about pressurized walls, but may not know about the materials that are used, how they are constructed, and how they are installed. For those who are thinking about creating another room inside their residence or business, a pressurized wall is the right answer for several reasons.

How They are Constructed

A pressurized wall is a temporary wall that is constructed out of sheet rock or plasterboard, metal, and wood. Most installation companies will use lattice strips of the wood to cover the joins on the drywall itself. The frame is set up first and once completed, the sheet rock screws are used to attach the drywall to the framework.

The 2 x 4s are pressurized so their contact with the floor, ceiling, and walls are firm. To prevent any damage to the structure or architecture of the residence or business, T-nuts along with leveling screw pads are used when pressed against the studs. Because of the pressure that is exerted, there are no fasteners or adhesives used to provide additional stability. To use such items would damage the floor, walls, and ceiling. The pressure alone is more than enough to keep the wall in place while causing no damage to the surrounding materials.

Safety Features

When putting a door into a pressurized wall, it is recommended that French-style or hollow core doors are used so that the weight distribution does not cause a shift to the balance of the wall itself. This means that the doors are generally lightweight so that the pressure exerted by the wall is not compromised by an open door.

Over the years, advancements in materials and techniques have resulted in pressurized walls that are safe when installed by a reputable company. Because concerns about their stability and safety have faded over the years thanks to their remarkable service, more landlords are allowing them to be used inside apartment complexes. In New York City, it is common for additional rooms to be created using a pressurized wall with the condition that they be removed once the apartment is vacated.

For a time in New York City, some in authority wanted the pressurized walls removed because they did not comply with building codes and were perceived as a safety hazard. However, no laws were passed in terms of banning the installation, use, and regulation of the walls themselves. To this date, pressurized walls have no real definition under the current NYC building codes and there is no sign that it will change anytime soon.

Today, pressurized walls have expanded far beyond the New York City area where they were most prominent. They can be found in Pennsylvania and as far west as California. They are most popular in expensive tenement buildings where renting out an extra room is a common practice. This is why for many young professionals pressurized walls have become a popular way to rent out extra space and provide less expensive housing for those who live in the heart of the city.

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