Is Asher the only person in town who’ll finish your job on budget — and early? It’s a veritable New York Miracle. Asher held our hands through the design, material selection, and execution of our kitchen and bathroom remodels, and never made us feel dumb about our questions. He gave us excellent advice on the planning and vision from the smallest detail to the biggest. He worked patiently and effectively with our co- op board and building super (not always an easy feat). The suppliers and contractors he brought in were professional and top notch and within our budget. Renovating with him was truly a pleasurable experience (which are words I never thought I would say about going through a renovation). He was constantly in communication with us and we trusted him completely in our absence. We truly can’t say enough good things about him- we can’t imagine doing another renovation without him, and recommend him without reservation. --Julie Barer and Colson Whitehead
Asher did a great job on our renovation combining two classic six apartments into a gracious and large space. For a busy professional, I can't imagine doing any renovations without someone like Asher to take charge and guide us through a complicated apartment renovation. I highly recommend his work and it was a pleasure working with him. --Wu Han and David Finkel
Hiring Asher Lipman to manage the nearly gut renovation at our new apartment in Morningside Heights was the best money we’ve ever spent. Asher handled everything. He helped facilitate the design of the project, secured the necessary approvals with a very exacting coop board, managed the contractor and subcontractors, helped us pick out everything from the architect to vanities to light fixtures, introduced us to vendors and accompanied us the stores to help us navigate what could have been a rather dizzying array of options. Our renovation could have been a nightmare – our apartment is prewar and had seen better days, we undertook the renovation during the pandemic when everyone else was experiencing supply chain issues. Yet Asher delivered the project on time, within our budget, and it’s stunning. We literally could not have done this project without him. We only half-jokingly say our marriage would not have survived this renovation without Asher. Simply put: if you’re lucky enough to be able to hire Asher, do it.
--Matt Futterman and Amy Einhorn
Asher helped me renovate last summer, and I could not have been more pleased with the result. This was the first renovation that I have done, and Asher was a tremendous help in steering me through the project. He helped me decide on a realistic budget, and we came in on budget almost to the dollar. His advice on materials was excellent, and he helped me decide how to balance where it made sense to spend more money vs where I could save costs. He handled the bidding process for the contractors, and all the instructions to them, so that the actual work went very smoothly and there was not a lot that I had to do or worry about once the work began. The projected ended on schedule, and looks terrific. And it looks like I spent a lot more money on it than it actually cost. I would highly recommend Asher."
Asher Lipman supervised the renovation of our apartment, which included essentially gutting it, redesigning the flow and space of the apartment, and rebuilding the kitchen and baths.
Asher contributed to the design process in addition to supervising the work and often had very good suggestions. His kitchen design is very attractive and has proven to be very workable plus it was realized for far less than we expected to pay. He frequently pointed out less expensive ways to achieve the results we were seeking, and seemed to genuinely have our satisfaction as his highest goal. After giving his suggestions he was very gracious on the few occasions we did not follow them. He was pro-active in keeping us informed of progress on the apartment and it was very reassuring to always know what was going on.
Since our primary home is not in the U.S. we were not able to visit during the work, in fact we left the apartment before any work began and returned to a completely finished space less than four months later. We very much appreciated Asher’s ability to deliver the project quickly, and to complete it on time, and with no one looking over his shoulder.
We highly recommend nycRenovationCoach; we will use them again if we ever buy another apartment.
--Neil and Nancy Janin Paris, France and NYC
We had a huge project facing us: combining 2 large apartments in different states of disrepair in the hopes of creating an even larger but seamless living space. We were pretty sure that we didn’t want to work with an architect on a percentage-of-the-total-project fee. It just didn’t make sense to us that we should have to pay an architect more or less depending upon what types of materials and finishes we chose for our home. Asher’s proposal eliminated those worries for us. We had an architect do our plans and drawings and then step out of the process. Asher took over our renovation from there on and it could not have progressed more smoothly. There were very few surprises and Asher kept us well informed all through the renovation. We have now been living with our 3 children in our dream apartment for almost 2 years!
Robert and I had been looking with our broker for months for the perfect place to call home but everything was either out of our price range or needed work. We were hesitant about having to undertake a renovation as we are both busy professionals. We finally found a space that we thought we fell in love with but, of course, it needed to be gutted. When we heard about Asher and nycRenovationCoach, we asked him if he could come with us to see the apartment before we made a final decision. Asher patiently walked us through all the possibilities in the space and even came up with a few ideas that we hadn't thought of. He had some great ideas on how to utilize and maximize the space. We never worried once about what was going on in the apartment during the day because we were confident that Asher and nycRenovationCoach had the situation well under control. We are finally in our dream home and we couldn't be happier.
I had just moved to NYC from Chicago. I had purchased a great Coop on the Upper West Side but it needed renovation. Between my hectic demands of my job and my complete inexperience with household renovations I didn't know what to do. Luckily I found the NYC Renovation Coach. What a god send!!! They were complete experts in managing the renovation process. From the start they helped plan out the renovations, provided accurate timelines and cost estimates and managed all the contractors and workers needed to complete the job. They handled everything day and day out making key decisions, but involving me when needed on major decisions. I could never have completed these renovations without the Renovation Coach. If you are thinking of renovating, I strongly recommend giving them a call. You will be glad you did. I certainly was!!!!
Because of the hours and travel demands of my job, I did not have the time or energy to deal with the day-to-day headaches of supervising the renovation of my kitchen. I also did not have time or patience for lots of comparison shopping and selection of finishes, appliances and materials. I had seen the quality of Asher Lipman's work in another property and so admired the kitchen that I asked him to build me the same one. "This is the kitchen I want for my place", I said. Asher worked with me to formulate a project design, plan and budget in less than 48 hours, and we kicked off the project within the week. Needless to say, he ensured that the work was on time and and within budget. He worked independently and made efficient use of my time whenever we needed to confer on a decision point or an approach. There were no surprises and he walked me through what to expect at every step of the way. He had a very good sense of how much involvement I wanted to have in the project (relatively little, in my case) and worked collaboratively at every step of the way. The project exceeded all expectations and has more than paid for itself in terms of the value it has added to my Upper West Side apartment. Asher's knowledge of his field and skill in managing people and projects resulted in a renovation that was 100% stress free for me.
After living in my apartment for 8 years, my fiance was moving in and we needed to do some major renovations. We spoke to a number of architects and designers but still remained hesitant and frightened about starting such a big project when we were planning a wedding. We had never done a renovation before and did not have the time to oversee it. After hearing about Asher, and nycRenovationCoach, we decided to have him help us. We were reassured by Asher's demeanor and professionalism. Asher explained the process to us, handled everything, and was able to negotiate with the contractors down to a price point where we felt comfortable and could still afford a wedding. He made us feel at ease every step of the way. Asher made sure the job was completed on time and on our budget! We are both thrilled with the results. My wife jokes that Asher was like a wedding planner for our renovation.
My husband and I were about to have a baby and were looking to move. When we could not find anything in our price range, we decided to stay put and renovate. We asked our friends for recommendations on contractors and architects but none of them had an experience worthy of a referral. I am glad to say that our experience was different. Asher and the team at nycrenovationcoach were different. Asher has a great eye for space planning and he showed us how we could keep our dining room and also have a separate room for the baby. Thanks Asher. The new space looks terrific and he made it all seem so easy and stress free. The job turned out as he said it would. There were not a lot of surprises except that our baby came 2 weeks early. Fortunately, our renovation was done. I would highly recommend Asher and would not think of doing any renovation without him.