Category: Kitchen Renovations

Six Steps To Finally Starting Your New York City Apartment Renovation


It’s a new year and time to finally move forward on those projects you’ve been thinking about for a while. There’s never a better time to hit the drawing board then in the midst of winter when there seems to be more time to plan and less time to actually do things. If you’ve been thinking about a New York City apartment renovation or complete remodel, it’s an exciting time to look at new materials and hot trends in interior design. This type of project takes a good deal of planning, and certainly budget allocation, but the rewards can be numerous.

1. Zero in On Your Aesthetic

You probably have a good idea of your personal style and what inspires you, but if you are unsure, now is the time to dedicate time to serious inspiration. Have some “picture yourself living here” moments, click, clip and grab images that you find yourself gravitating toward. Zero in on color, finishes, details, overall styles — classic, modern, global, environmental, minimal, Boho — and collect examples of everything you like and nothing that you don’t! Then review your collection and using the process of elimination, narrow down to the best examples of what your ideal New York City apartment habitat looks like. Can you see yourself there? If the answer is “Yes!” then you’re on the right track.

2. Develop A Budget with Priorities in Mind

Look at your finances and get a good solid handle on what resources you have to work with. Consider what your short and long-term plans are for owning/living in the space. Do you plan to move or sell in the next five year period? If so, look at online listings or consult with a real estate agent to determine what a realistic sale price may be in the future so you can determine the return on your remodeling investment. If not, think even harder about how your life may evolve while living there and what you will need to thrive. While looking at your priorities of must-have and nice-to-have changes, think seriously about how these priorities will change how you live in your apartment. Will living be easier? …More pleasant … more productive … more fun? It’s not unusual that during the estimating process, it’s revealed that your project will cost more then you imagined, which is why priorities are very important. You may realize there are aspects of the project that you really don’t want to cut or eliminate, in which case you can revisit your financial resources and make needed adjustments. 

3. Start to Assemble a Team

A key aspect of hiring a New York City General Contractor for an apartment renovation is to look to your neighbors for recommendations. A contractor who has already worked in your building will be well-equipped to navigate the building management and logistics. Hiring a professionally licensed and insured contractor who comes with great references is key to a successful project. Depending on the type of apartment remodel you may need to hire an interior designer, kitchen and bath designer and an architect. A good general contractor will listen to your ideas, understand your vision, coordinate the team, estimate the job, schedule all of the work, keep the time tables flowing, navigate the process, order the materials and bring your job to completion, on time and on budget. Also look for accreditations from the Better Business Bureau®, National Association of The Remodeling Industry (NARI) and Lead Safe certified contractors.

4. Get Ready to Communicate

It’s really important to clearly convey to your remodeling team what you do and do not want! Pictures, and more picture, can be the best form of explanation to an architect or designer because these professionals “speak” in visual language. Curate your own collection of photos from online articles, snap example photos from print magazine or catalogs with your mobile phone and utilize Pinterest to put together all the details that you want to consider so you can talk through with your team. It’s also important to have several planning sessions and to allow your ideas to evolve and change once your team brings important feasibility considerations to the table. Any bit of extra time you take in communicating and assuring certainty of all aspects of the remodel will help make the renovating process more smooth and eliminate the needed for costly and time consuming adjustments down the road.

5. Really Consider Your Expectations

Timeframe, inconveniences and realistic workflow for certain types of projects all need to be completely thought through. Weather, holidays, navigating in and out of New York City, specially ordered materials, structural changes, plumbing, are just some of the factors that will come in to play and makeup a timetable. Do you have the patience to bare with the process? Talk to your contracting team about what you can and cannot endure because once the work begins, you will be in it for the “long haul.” Will the remodeling work impact your professional life? Can you literally live through it or should you arrange to live elsewhere for a short while? Be sure to plan accordingly in advance.

6. Decide on A Starting Point and Go!

Above Remodeling can steer you toward the best configurations, most efficient appliances, task-friendly countertops, customized cabinetry, proper flooring and backsplash. Problems with space and stationary elements can sometimes present challenges for a home remodeling project but solution can typically be found for most any problem.

With thoughtful consideration about how you actually live in your home, Above Remodeling can help you redesign your kitchen, bathroom, family room, master bedroom or entire home.  We’ll help you consider new and fresh materials, shapes patterns and colors for functionality and style. ARC specializes in New York City apartment renovations, and goes above and beyond to ensure that every construction project – small or large – is completed within the time frame and budget that works for our clients. If you’re looking for a contractor with experience in full home and apartment renovation and remodeling services in the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, look to Above Remodeling.

Specializing in an all-in-one approach to home contracting, we coordinate and supervise every aspect of a remodeling project. From initial consultation, design, and the permit process, to material selection, construction, and post-job cleanup, our full-service approach offers complete convenience. The Above Remodeling team enables you to remain focused on your busy schedule and life while we manage and oversee the renovation of your home. We’ve worked in many buildings in Manhattan and are familiar with management and requirements. Chances are, we’ve already worked in your building! Take a look at some NYC locations where we have worked.

Above Remodeling handles, electric, plumbing, millwork, countertops, tile, paint and every detail in between. Read about our team, our credentials and see our complete list of services. We help to make your remodeling vision a reality. Contact us to get started. Request a complimentary estimate.

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2020 Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends

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Kitchen and bathroom remodels are relatively large investments for most people. It makes sense to do some homework and investigate ideas and trends before you start the process. The good news is that the styles and trends that are on deck for 2020 and 2021 kitchen and bathroom renovations are rooted in some classic styles that are making a comeback and will likely be here to stay for a while. So if you are seriously thinking about renovating, it’s a particularly good time to get proactive and get good mileage, so to speak, from your investment. Here are 4 key points to bare in mind:

 

White is going, going, almost gone! Color is back in a big way!

While it seemed to have been the easy choice for many years and left room for small splashes of color, the all white trend seems to have bored a lot of homeowners who are now longing for color to express their style and personality. More and more homeowners want to add some splash to their lives and make a statement with the modern look of colorful cabinets and walls. Mosaic tiles and colorful backsplashes that rise to the ceiling can pull a kitchen or bathroom together in a dynamic way. However busy colorful granite countertops are out! Soft, neutral looks are in for countertops with the most popular materials being engineered quartz and natural stone.

 

The stainless steel appliance look is out! Dark is in.

Drama and depth is in with carbon and black stainless steel as well as super functioning appliances features! From refrigerators with specialized filters to keep your vegetables fresh and crisp longer to super sink dishwashers ideal for small space and apartment kitchens, 2020 appliances aren’t only about style – they are about conserving energy and maximizing space. Appliances are an integral part of life and a large expense so durability and aesthetic appeal are the most important factors. There are many factors to consider and pricing can vary greatly.

 

Wood is on the rise.

Whether you are partial to Cherry, Mahogany, Birch or Walnut, cabinetry made of wood with finely crafted organization systems are a sound investment and never a bad idea. For every possible situation and square inch of under-utilized space, there is an organizational solution that can simplify and declutter your kitchen or bathroom. Space is the all important motivator for most apartment homeowners when they are considering a kitchen or bathroom renovation. Space-gaining ideas are usually a main motivator to tip the scale toward renovating. While style is important many people still look at the functionality factor as the necessary push. Built-in cabinetry, utilizing often over-looked vertical space and many other “tricks-of-the-trade” are some of the many solutions that can be addressed in discussions with a general contractor and skilled space designer. Decluttering with clever organizational installations is where it’s at. You can realize more space then you ever imagined.

 

Details Make the Difference

Invest in a good conversation piece or few whether it’s the high-end appliances in bold dramatic colors, or built-in wall units or furnishings to help minimize the appearance of clutter – and de-stress your living space. Configure that charging station or workstation for smart kitchen devices. Re-configure your space for an Alexa-enabled microwave and a place for a robotic vacuums. Think about using different metals and hardware in your kitchen or bathroom. Matte black is a popular 2020 design choice if you’re looking for the minimalist approach. Start planning in terms of what brings value and ease to how you live your life in your home. Let Above Remodeling help you make your ideas into reality.

 

Above Remodeling Corp. is fully licensed and insured and provides official estimates with costs, timelines and payment schedules. We are a lead safe certified firm of professional general contractors that plan, design, file permits and licenses, schedule, order materials and keep the workflow moving according to schedule. We offer complete home remodeling services including complete home and apartment renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, tiling, flooring, painting and other services. ARC keeps homeowners informed along the way with daily updates on projects using BuilderTrend.

Contact us for a free estimate on your next Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn or Long Island home renovation project. We go above and beyond to complete your project on time and within budget with well-designed home renovation solutions that are an expression of your lifestyle.

 

 

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A 3-Step Approach to Kitchen Renovation

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A 3-Step Approach to Kitchen Renovation

If you have been thinking and dreaming about a new kitchen for a while and you’re ready to take the plunge, good guidance from kitchen renovation pros can give you valuable insight into every stage of the process and what to expect for the cost of a kitchen remodel. Kitchen contractors and renovators are best brought onboard early on because they know how to maximize your space, where you should concentrate your budget and what’s trending in kitchen design. The average cost of a complete kitchen renovation can be substantial but, this money spent can bring you a high return when you resell. Whether you are planning on a complete kitchen remodel, or just planning to update key areas, there is a lot to consider. It’s wise to invest time and patience in the planning process. Kitchen renovation decision-making can be a bit like the domino effect. One choice will impact other choices down the line. Ironing out all of the details from the onset can keep the remodeling timeline on schedule and lessen the impact to your normal routine. Probably the most important 3 steps are to focus on the functionality that best suits your life, layout and space requirements and style.

 

Functionality

It stands to reason that if something isn’t working properly in your kitchen, it can make your kitchen less efficient and dampen your enthusiasm and productivity. One of the biggest stumbling blocks can be appliances. In some cases repair can be very cost effective, but depending on the appliances, their age, placement and your desire for style and of course your budget, new appliances may be your priority. With so many choices and high-tech featuring available, carefully consider which features will be of most value to you and which will not.

Organizing clutter is always a challenge in just about every kitchen. If you are trying to maximize space in a small apartment kitchen, cabinetry is key. Cabinets can be a large expense and some of the pros advise choices that are classic in style so then endure the test of time. Rolling out shelves are a must have to save the maximum amount of space. Integrating shelving under cabinetry can gain a considerable amount of space. Proper planning to avoid wasted space in the kitchen is essential to creating storage space for small appliances and gadgets.

If you cook, bake and entertain a lot, durable, stain-resistant quartz countertops that require far less maintenance then marble may be the most functional choice for you. There are many choices of countertop materials and backsplash configurations, but they too will be determined by your budget, space and how you live and work in your kitchen.

 

Layout & Space

Kitchen layouts can varying and some kitchen designs can be more functional then others depending on space. Larger kitchens have the space to allow the layout to be broken up in attractive ways and direct traffic flow. Of the 5-6 primary kitchen layouts that are used, the one-wall kitchen layout works well for studio apartment kitchens as does the galley kitchen layout. L-shaped, Horse-shoe, islands and peninsula layouts in the kitchen are all good considerations when space allows. Typically a kitchen should be a minimum of 8’ x 12’ to even consider accommodating an island.

 

Style

Here’s the chance to let your personality come through in the style of your kitchen. it’s perfectly OK to mix and match. The kitchen doesn’t need to be entirely modern or completely traditional. Sleek, tech appliances can pair up well with classic cabinetry. Most designers, kitchen bloggers and trend watchers agree that the all white look is on its way out. Color is the order of the day. That doesn’t mean that areas of white won’t work. In fact, some white ares in the kitchen can create the perfect balance and transition to a bold and dramatic use of color. Kitchen color selection can be relative to a homeowners’ personality and bring dimension to a kitchen space. Smaller New York City apartment kitchens can appear much larger and more open when color is used properly. Color combinations that introduce stark contrast and stimulating and warmer colors are tending to be most popular. Lighting, hardware and fixtures are available in a myriad of styles and colors and materials that can introduce a sense of opulence, whimsey, global flair or sustainable consciousness. The overall layout of the kitchen will be enhanced by all of these choices and these items can more easily and affordably be changed a few years down the line for a new look.

 

Above Remodeling Corp. is fully licensed and insured and provides official estimates with costs, timelines and payment schedules. We are a lead safe certified firm of professional general contractors that plan, design, file permits and licenses, schedule, order materials and keep the workflow moving according to schedule. We offer complete home remodeling services including complete home and apartment renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, tiling, flooring, painting and other services. ARC keeps homeowners informed along the way with daily updates on projects using BuilderTrend.

Contact us for a free estimate on your next Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn or Long Island home renovation project. We go above and beyond to complete your project on time and within budget with well-designed home renovation solutions that are an expression of your lifestyle.

 

 

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Renovating Your Apartment or House Can Be Life-Changing

Kitchen apartment contractorsRenovating your apartment or house isn’t just about increasing the value of your property, it’s about improving your atmosphere, mood and the quality of your life. With thoughtful consideration about how you actually live in your home, we can help you redesign your kitchen, bathroom, family room, master bedroom or entire home. If you work at home you may need a private area with utility space with customized workspace counters, shelving and lighting so you can work more efficiently. If cooking is your passion, we can steer you toward the best configuration, most efficient appliances, task-friendly countertops, customized cabinetry, proper flooring and backsplash. Bathroom design is overlooked. Considering most people spend a good deal of time grooming with various products, ample bathroom storage, lighting and bathroom fixtures are important decisions. Problems with space and stationary elements can sometimes present challenges for a home remodeling project but we can typically find a solution to most any problem.

Attending to design details means keeping up with evolving home trends each year. We’ll help you consider new and fresh colors, materials, shapes and patterns for functionality and style. Whether you’re looking for a renovation that’s contemporary, feminine or masculine themed, globally inspired, traditional or casual with sustainable materials we can work with you through every step.

Above Remodeling goes above and beyond to ensure that every construction project – small or large – is completed within the time frame and budget that works for our clients. We specialize in New York City apartment renovations, but we’re also pros when it comes to urban and suburban house renovations. From consultation and budgeting to scheduling and material acquisition to filing of permits and licenses, Above Remodeling handles all aspects of your project.

The BuilderTrend feature on our website is designed to keep you up-to-date as we work on your renovation. Our website site also on our latest projects, team news and the newest trends in remodeling and renovation. Visit AboveRemodeling on social media to see renovation styles, and closeup photos of interior details and finishes that make all the difference.  Contact us with any questions about your upcoming project or to arrange a consultation and estimate.

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Dreaming About a New Kitchen?

Whatever you’re imagining, Above Remodeling can work with your to create the kitchen that you have always wanted – with what your space and budget allows. Our complete, all-inclusive service and skilled team takes care of all the planning and will eliminate many of the biggest challenges. Whether you are are renovating a suburban kitchen, or an apartment kitchen, we take care of all the leg work, including demolition and clean up, to the final layer of paint.

 

Above Remodeling handles, electric, plumbing, millwork, countertops, tile, paint and every detail in between. Read about our team, our credentials and see our complete list of services.

We help to make your remodeling vision a reality. Contact us to get started.

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Total Kitchen Renovation

A complete kitchen remodel can be a large investment – and one of the most important and useful changes you can make to your home. A modern, fresh look can boost your home’s value as well as your personal relationship with the space. Above Remodeling will work with you to make your dream kitchen a reality and plan every step of the way before the job begins. There are many things to consider and we work with homeowners so that every facet of the kitchen remodel is to their satisfaction. From kitchen cabinets, kitchen counter tops, skilled tile work, flooring and beautiful backsplash designs, we are kitchen remodeling pros. Down to each major appliance selection and installation, kitchen paint choices and hard-to-work-with kitchen spaces, and cleanup after the job is finished, we’re sure you will be pleased with our professionalism and quality kitchen design and renovation work.

Contact us to discuss your kitchen renovation and arrange an estimate. We do kitchen renovations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Astoria, Queens and Long Island.

 

The stainless country sink and professional faucet, with white cabinetry, marble counter tops, and stainless hardware and appliances creates a feeling of old world charm yet is distinctly fresh and modern.

Beautiful white, center Island with built in microwave and marble counter top.

The floor plan is open so the kitchen flows into the dining room, adding implied additional space and a very open feeling. Both spaces compliment each other.

We maximized this small area of the kitchen to create a very functional cook space with professional appliances and features.

 

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Top 5 Considerations for Small Space Kitchen Remodeling

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An apartment or small house kitchen is the one space where every single inch of square footage counts. Even a small kitchen remodel can be a big investment so key considerations are a good place to start. Smart design and the right selection of appliances can make a small space function with big impact. Whether the kitchen space is galley, U-Shaped or boxed, there’s a way to design a good work flow and maximize usage. You will get a good return on your investment in personal productivity as well as resale value. Think about the following 5 points:

1. Counter Space

If your kitchen is multi purpose and serves as your bill paying space, work and project space, and family dining area, counter space may be extremely precious to you. Do you need flat service space for prep work for various tasks, aside from cooking? Customized peninsulas or kitchen islands can be useful extensions to existing counter space and really max out surface area.

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2. Appliance Size

Many smaller appliances today are just as functional as bigger models. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to dishwashers, wall ovens and refrigerators, as long as they are designed well. Bigger appliances may mean you need to sacrifice counter space. So if you cook and entertain often, bigger appliances may work better for you. If not, go smaller and grab the extra counter space.

3. Cabinets & Storage

Vertical design and cabinets that go as high as possible will allow you to totally maximize your storage space. Utilize recessed spaces, drawer organizers, pull out racks and open shelving for easy access.

4. Lighting

With so many choices available, the most important consideration when it comes to lightning is practicality and how you plan to use the space. But that said if style and statement are your big concerns then shiny metallics – brass, copper, rose gold or silver can crate a modern pop. Gold finishes will add warmth, groupings of different height will add architectural interest, simple clear globes can create an illusion of height. A pop of color in an otherwise neutral space can be a real mood changer. For a glamorous look a crystal or ornamental chandelier can be just the right touch.

5. Color Balance

Color can be a real game changer for small space kitchens, Whether on walls, cabinets, floors or backsplash tile, simple or bold color combinations can make a kitchen area look more opened up and be a reflection of your personal style at the same time. Never underestimate how color can help improve the flow and function of kitchen space.

 

Contact Above Remodeling for a free estimate and to get started on your kitchen project.

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