How it Works

How Does it Work?

In a nutshell, we manage your entire renovation: establishing realistic plans and budgets, interacting with building management, the Board, and neighbors, and overseeing the construction.  We use a five step action plan which demystifies the process and allows you to leverage our deep knowledge and experience in New York City thereby eliminating the guesswork, vulnerability, and stress so often associated with apartment renovations.  We strategically position ourselves in the middle, providing a single point of accountability and believe that a well-conceived, well-implemented strategy is required to make your renovation a success.  Small problems in the beginning only tend to get larger as the project continues.  

Step 1. Project Profile

We explain the sequence of events, what to expect, and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls. Next, we create a renovation project profile.  This is a comprehensive lifestyle-based needs assessment that identifies your needs and wants and translates them into an initial space plan. This will serve as the road map for the entire process.  

Step 2. Team Assembly

We provide recommendations of architects and contractors suitable for your project or work with your pre-selected professionals. We facilitate communication between you and the professional team of architect and contractor, insuring that the plans reflect your needs, design sensibility, and timing. 

Step 3. Planning/Budgeting

We further explore various design and material alternatives based upon design feasibility, constructability, and budget constraints. We navigate the sea of paperwork including co-op/condo board alteration agreements, insurance requirements, and various contracts. 

Step 4. Construction Management

We interact with building management, staff, and your neighbors. We are on site giving you the confidence and comfort that someone is protecting your interests.  Our presence helps the contractor stay on  track by providing quality insurance inspections. This step is crucial to mitigate time delays and cost extras. 

Step 5. Project Closeout

We  review the entire job and walk through it with you to make sure that the  punch list is complete, that you are 100% satisfied, and that all necessary paperwork has been filed.