Co-Op & Condo Renovation Contractors in NYC

Renovating condos and co-ops in New York The Gallery Way means working with a dedicated team that specializes in both property types. We navigate the complicated nuances of renovating NYC condos and co-ops on your behalf, plus know best practices for expediting board approval. We are committed to craftsmanship and impart each project with our built-in architectural and interior design services. With Gallery, customer satisfaction and breathtaking work are the bottom line.

New York City Co-Op & Condo Renovation


Since striving to exceed the standards for New York City condo and co-op renovations is second nature, we’re proud to be a consistent recipient of numerous awards in service and design. We are equally as proud of the reviews our clients have given to both Houzz and Google, resulting in a combined average of 4.9 stars. You won’t find anyone better suited to handle your interior renovation project in Manhattan or Brooklyn, whether your home is a co-op or condo, brownstone or townhome, or loft. Your vision is preserved and enhanced with our expertise to create a home that is as gorgeous as it is comfortable and functional.

The Gallery Way means that every aspect of your condo or co-op renovation is considered and managed from the very beginning of our working relationship

More Than Just A Contractor

At their core, the main difference between a design-build contractor and a traditional general contractor is design-build offers a full-service, all-inclusive renovation package for those who value a partner with one point of contact to oversee the entire process, whereas a general contractor delivers a piecemeal approach that allows for more flexibility in choosing subcontractors on your own. 

We Handle Every Step Of The Process

As a turnkey, full-service design-build firm, we are all-inclusive in our services. From start to finish, we do everything, including: architectural drafting and associated services, permit procurement, material selection, construction management, and all the NYC renovation nuances most of our clients never consider. 

We Don’t Work On A Change Order Model

We work exclusively in Manhattan and Brooklyn and know how to navigate the complications required to renovate in a city with such a complicated framework. Proactive planning and due diligence enables us to provide a comprehensive project budget and timeline that considers all nuances within your desired scope ahead of time to prevent any unforeseen changes down the line. Our proposals encompass the true full cost of the entire project from start to finish.

We Value Communication

From real-time project updates via our JobTracker app to old-fashioned phone calls and site visits, we put extra emphasis on our communication. Our New York City home renovation projects have many moving parts, and clear communication is of the utmost importance to keeping track of your priority project.

Specific Challenges With Renovating NYC Condos & Co-Ops

Beyond general construction and any pre-war renovation requirements, condos themselves pose a variety of specific challenges that must be handled with delicate care throughout the renovation process.

Alteration Agreement 

Co-op renovations in New York are fairly regulated. Co-op boards have alteration agreements which impose rules around what is and isn’t allowed in terms of construction and renovation, including methods that can and can’t be used.

The alteration agreement essentially guides how we approach the project. This involves the following, among other things:

NYC Co-Op & Condo Renovation

Wet Over Dry Restrictions

Wet over dry restrictions dictate whether or not you can physically relocate a bathroom.

Plumbing Stacks

Plumbing stacks dictate whether or not you can open up certain walls in kitchens.

How Does Gallery Take These Challenges Into Consideration?

As a full-service design-build firm and renovation contractor for condo renovations, we take on the responsibility of handling all red tape involved in your renovation, whether gut renovating a pre-war condo in Brooklyn or upgrading a brand new co-op in Manhattan. This includes reviewing and satisfying your co-op board’s alteration agreement, filing all relevant architectural plans with the Department of Buildings, and procurement of all necessary permits. 

We’ll Petition Your Co-op Board To Make Exceptions

We will only do this in certain cases, if we feel it’s a genuine and worthwhile possibility.

The Human Element Is Key To Condo And Co-op Renovation In NYC

In order to push the formalities presented above, we strive to establish a good rapport with the super in every building we work in. We consistently earn the relationship, maintaining an open line of communication and collaboration to ensure as seamless of a working environment as possible.

Interior Design and More for our NYC Condo & Co-Op Renovations


Whether your home is a co-op, condo, or any other property type, at Gallery we put as much thought into the ‘little’ things as the ‘big’ things. Lighting, for example, is always one of the ‘big’ things.’ Some of our most commonly asked questions about co-ops are:

  • Where do the windows face?
  • Are there other buildings in the way restricting views?
  • Will there be sunlight at certain times of day?

As your team of contractors plus designers, we will always take questions like these into account. If there is ample light, we’ll make sure the glow doesn’t get restricted. If there isn’t, we’ll do our best not to further that problem - considering everything from the types of doors to the way the rooms are configured. See this Manhattan condo renovation where we swapped dull darker tones with lighter colors and glossy touches to maximize natural light, naturally making the space feel immediately larger. 

Interior Design

In terms of interior design, The Gallery Way is all about figuring out your base design concept. Everyone has an aesthetic, even if they don't quite know what they prefer. Everyone gravitates to certain things, and eventually, a theme - or two - will emerge. As your dedicated team of designers as well as contractors, we can combine a client’s interest in Art Deco, minimalism, and boho chic, blending the most cohesive elements from all three into a perfectly curated visual accompaniment to their personality. Some people know exactly what they want, but when those who aren’t quite sure come to us looking for guidance, three major factors tend to play into how we work together to develop their interior style:

  • What are you gravitating toward?
  • What is the property type and how old is it?
  • Where is the property located?

Our interior design work and full-service renovations added nearly $1 million in value to this Upper West Side apartment, which was featured in the New York Times.



As we discussed in our article about soundproofing NYC apartments, noise complaints are nothing new to New Yorkers. But we’re fully aware that during the renovation process, walls will already be open, offering the perfect opportunity to consider making the space more soundproof if deemed necessary. Sounds great, right?

Condo Renovation Options

Our condo renovation options are unlimited, meaning we help guide clients' decisions regarding material quality and what makes most sense for their overall design goals, based on preliminary design discussions. For example, a full condo renovation in NYC may include:

  • Full Kitchen Renovation (Fixtures, Appliances, Countertops, Backsplash, Island)
  • Multiple Bathroom Renovation (Fixtures, Shower/Bath, Vanity, Tiling & Ceramics)
  • Hardwood Flooring and/or Carpet Installation
  • Pre-War Restoration (Flooring, Framing, Moulding)
  • Custom Window Treatments + Fabrication/Installation
  • Paint Color + Wall Covering
  • Lighting + Electrical Fixture
  • Custom Carpentry (Cabinets, Closet Builds, Millwork, Finish Carpentry)
  • Plumbing Selections
  • Integrated Smart Home Technology

Often, special circumstances call for out of the box options. For this Upper West Side condo renovation in Manhattan, the client wanted a dedicated home office space but didn’t want to sacrifice her guest bedroom. For the best of both worlds, we created a Murphy Bed with custom millwork to blend the two options seamlessly, while also adding much needed storage. 

Often, special circumstances call for out of the box options. For this Upper West Side condo renovation in Manhattan, the client wanted a dedicated home office space but didn’t want to sacrifice her guest bedroom. For the best of both worlds, we created a Murphy Bed with custom millwork to blend the two options seamlessly, while also adding much needed storage. 

Licensed Contractors In New York City

When renovating your pre-war apartment with Gallery, rest assured you’re in good hands. We are fully licensed with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and the New York City Department of Buildings. We also carry lead-safe and Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications, as well as all other necessary certifications. Finally, we carry insurance that’s significantly higher than the required limits ($5 million in general liability, $1 million in workers’ compensation, and $3 million in auto).


Pre-war apartment renovation NYC

Manhattan Apartment Renovation | 130 E 18th

Many elements of this Upper West Side pre-war apartment were entirely out of character with the historic charm inherent to the appeal of many pre-war apartments. To bring the entire space into design sync we crafted a transitional style to match the original details, refinishing and restoring the moldings and other fine details while bringing in modern touches where needed. View the full renovation via our before and after.

Pre-war apartment renovation NYC

Upper West Side Pre-War Co-Op Renovation | 801 West End Ave

When we were enlisted for this complete co-op renovation on the Upper West Side, the dated pre-war space needed some work. The family recently purchased the Manhattan home near Broadway with the intention of reinvigorating the spacious property without losing the historic character. With a speciality in pre-war renovations in NYC, we were happily up for the challenge. View the full renovation via our before and after.

Helpful NYC Condo Renovation Articles

Looking to enhance the dated design of your condo? See how we renovated this UWS condo for a client who had been on the fence for years. Trying to figure out the best way to rework your home's footprint? See how we adjusted the kitchen and pantry in this Manhattan pre-war co-op for a more open and fluid floor-plan. Have you found the perfect compliment to your co-op and are looking for a firm experienced in apartment combinations in NYC? Check out this co-op apartment combination we completed in Greenwich Village, complete with a massive outdoor deck. Whether you have a highly specific theme in mind or need some help identifying exactly what your aesthetic is, our team has the experience required to make the most of your home.

Pre-war bedroom renovation NYC
Pre-war bedroom renovation NYC

Why A Design-Build Approach Is Ideal For Condo & Co-Op Renovations In NYC

Condo renovations in New York City can be particularly challenging due to the moving parts, technical work, and extensive planning. That statement goes double for co-ops, which usually require additional approvals. As a full service design & build firm, we streamline the entire design, planning, and renovation process under one roof.

If you are looking to renovate a condo or co-op in New York City, learn more about Gallery KBNY or contact us to leverage our full-service, design-build approach that will handle every aspect of the pre-war renovation process from start to finish.




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