Design. Build. Love.
We know that renovating your home in NYC can seem like a daunting process. Our goal is to guide you through the process and stay one step ahead of your questions by being communicative and transparent. Our thoughtful and deliberate process keeps our team and clients in alignment from start to finish.
Your remodeling project begins with a meeting to discuss your renovation goals and wish list. We’re happy to host you in our design studio or come to your home for this initial meeting.
We’ll listen to your overall plans, discuss your needs and wants, get an idea for what you like and dislike, and touch upon your budget to ensure we’re all speaking the same language. At this stage, don’t assume that anything is impossible…we may surprise you!
Based upon our initial meeting and understanding of the project scope, we’ll put together an estimate for the cost of the project. The total project estimate is often a range at this stage and will be further refined as we make our way through design process. Working with a design + build team helps to ensure that we’re designing to a budget and can keep costs in check to avoid surprises.
If we’re in the right ballpark with your estimate and you feel a connection to our team, the next step involves signing a contract to kick off the design development phase. We’ll visit your home to take detailed measurements of the spaces to be renovated and then get to work. During this phase, we’ll put together options and create a complete design package for your review and, ultimately, approval. We use a variety of tools to convey the design, including hand sketches and computerized 3D renderings. We’ll select materials and appliances appropriate to your project aesthetic and budget. The total project cost can be determined and finalized at the completion of Design Development.
Once you’re in love with the design and you’ve signed off on the total project cost, we’ll get started on the paperwork for approval by your building. We’ve been through the process with many condo, co-op and townhouse boards in New York City and will manage obtaining the approval on your behalf. Dependent upon the scope of work and the building you live in, we may also need to file architectural plans with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). With in-house architects, we’re capable of fulfilling the architectural filing requirements without hiring outside consultants. Once we have approvals, we’ll coordinate and obtain the permits required to get your project under construction.
With approvals and permits in hand, we’re ready to make it happen. At this stage, all design decisions have been made and we’re in execution mode. We’re meticulous with protecting your building and your apartment during the renovation process. Our careful planning and diligence while on site are paramount to keeping projects on track at this stage. While almost every project has unique site conditions, our team is adept at thoughtful problem-solving and turning issues into opportunities.
Our full commitment to excellence in project execution means that we’re only finished when you’re completely satisfied. Our main goal is to ensure that our clients are in love with their space long after we depart from the job site. Timeless design and careful attention to detail throughout the design and construction process are contributors to our success.