As the weather warms up, we begin to see a rise in renovations throughout Manhattan. Apartments, town-homes, and penthouses are all getting spruced up and modernized to fit the lifestyle of their respective owner. But just because home remodeling is a relatively common process, it does not mean that it is a simple one. As someone who has been involved in thousands of renovations in NYC, I am all too familiar with this fact.
Home remodeling is a multi-step process. First, a homeowner must work with their designer to decide exactly what they want and agree upon a budget. Then the plans must be drawn up. After that, we need to order the materials and schedule the job in a way that doesn’t inconvenience the homeowner. Once the materials arrive and are accounted for, the construction can begin. Then there’s the walkthrough and inspection. All of these steps have many details and elements that can derail a renovation. That’s why you need to choose a design team that has experience handling these projects from beginning to end, especially in an area like New York, where the remodeling process can be even more complicated. Here are some tips that will help you pick the best design team in NYC:
Look for a company that manages every aspect of your project. As I said earlier, home renovations in New York can be complicated. The last thing you need as a homeowner is to have to coordinate between multiple parties who are all doing jobs you don’t fully understand. A company like NYKB will oversee the design process, the drawing of blueprints, the nuanced permitting process, and the renovation itself, simplifying everything and minimizing issues.
Learn what questions to ask before you hire your design team in NYC. I’ve written about this in greater length here. But for quick reference, here are a couple quick tips. Please make sure your design team is appropriately licensed and insured. Also, check their references so you know they’ve done past work that is similar to yours. And make sure you understand the contract before you sign it, as you don’t want to be stuck with expenses you didn’t know you were on the hook for.
Learn what questions to ask before you hire your design team in NYC. Here are a couple quick tips. Please make sure your design team is appropriately licensed and insured. Also, check their references so you know they’ve done past work that is similar to yours. And make sure you understand the contract before you sign it, as you don’t want to be stuck with expenses you didn’t know you were on the hook for.
Interview them in person. In this world, there’s no substitute for intuition. This goes both ways, as I always want to have a sit down with my clients before we work together. Both sides need to be open and honest with each other. You, the homeowner, must communicate openly about what you expect, and what your budget is. You need to ask any question that comes to mind. Remember, no question is a bad question! This interview will help give you a good idea who you are working with, which will allow you to decide if you are comfortable having them working in and on your home, which is a very personal thing.
Finding a design team that meets your goals is not always a simple task. You have to realize that each team has its own style. After all, designers are artists and like all artist, each has its own individual touch. If you are looking for a barn style bathroom, odds are you will want to hire a specialist that specializes in that design. If you have a Manhattan or Brooklyn style bathroom and would like to update or expand the current layout, then NYKB Kitchen and Bath is the top specialists for your project.
To learn more about our full-service design team, please give us a call at (212) 242-3500, or click here to fill out our online form. We would be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your goals. We also provide a free in-home consultation service, to give you a better idea of how our design team can assist you.