Renovating in New York City can be a headache but it does not need to be. If you’re considering a home or apartment renovation in NYC and want to make life easier, a full-service design-build firm is likely your best choice. Especially a design-build firm located near you in NYC, as experience working in the varied building types throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn is essential to a smooth renovation. See why a design-build firm like Gallery is the most streamlined approach for NYC apartment renovations.
We are proud recipients of various awards in service and design – four years in a row and counting. Our mission is to maintain a level of service and design that always raises the bar. That's why our clients consistently leave 5-star reviews. From Brooklyn to Manhattan, we apply our expertise to everything from co-ops and condos to historic brownstones and lofts.
What sets Gallery apart is our end-to-end process to your NYC home renovation. We are a turnkey, full-service design-build firm, which means we handle every single aspect of your project.
The first step to any successful project is strong planning. When renovating with Gallery, you’re immediately assigned a dedicated in-house designer and project manager who works with you first-hand to scope out the vision of the renovation. Once the specifics are settled, your design specialist and in-house architect maps everything out in your architectural drawing, making sure all specifics are accounted for. We take pride in making sure we factor in everything from drawer sizes and under-cabinet panels to refrigerator door swings and duct specs. For information on how our full-service expertise separates itself from Architectural services, read ‘The Pros & Cons of Design-Build vs. Architectural Firms.’
As a full-service design-build firm in NYC, we take on the responsibility of handling all red tape involved in your renovation, whether we’re renovating a brownstone in Brooklyn or loft in Manhattan. This includes reviewing and satisfying your board’s alteration agreement, filing all relevant architectural plans with the Department of Buildings, and procurement of all necessary permits. If the home is located on a landmarked street, then the Landmark Preservation Commission is an additional layer that must be navigated – which we will happily do on your behalf. If exterior renovation work is required on your landmarked home, LPC approval is needed for that as well. We’ll handle that. If exterior work is not required on your landmarked home, we still need to obtain a “Letter of no effect” from the LPC in order to proceed. Surprise, we handle that too.
Our design team curates all finishes and fixtures your project requires – everything from penny tiles in the bathroom to chandeliers for the foyer and the whole world of finishes and fixtures in between. Our project coordinators then procure every selection, while also handling the logistics of material inspection and delivery.
We are not limited in material choices, as we are brand agnostic and able to purchase any item from any vendor, anywhere, on your behalf as our client. In fact, with Gallery, you don’t ever need to set foot in a showroom - unless you want to, of course.
Once plans are approved, demo begins and deliveries start trickling in. When the space is ready for renovation, our team begins work, delivering timelines and setting the expectation for completion. While every job timeline may be different (Read: How Long Does A Full Apartment Renovation In New York Take?), every job completion results in the same exact thing - utmost client satisfaction.
Design-build renovations aren’t limited to any specific job sizes, types, or styles. If undertaking a full brownstone renovation in Brooklyn or a luxury Sky Loft Kitchen Renovation, a design-build firm is ideal, because the full-service approach includes all aspects of a robust and often cumbersome process. If you’re looking for smaller-sized projects or minor remodels to singular rooms, design-build may be more than required for the job and is probably not a good fit.
Strong communication is essential to a successful renovation, which is why each project is assigned a dedicated team with one central and main point of contact. Furthermore, our all-inclusive project management allows our clients to put away their rolodex, kick up their feet, and dig into the JobTracker app anytime they choose, in order to see the current status of their project. Or, if there’s a specific question, your dedicated designer is always one phone call away and happy to help.
During a traditional renovation process, an architect and the construction team are separate entities and typically don’t work in tandem. Once the architect is done with their plans and blueprint, they usually pass them to the construction team and move on to the next project - leaving the management strictly in the hands of the construction team. But, what happens if the architect didn’t account for all the specifics, or worse, something major? The construction team is left reworking plans they didn’t create, the beauty is no longer in the detail and you’re buying twice as much Tylenol. Since design-build firms handle all aspects of the project, the communication between parties is built-in and literally under the same roof, making change orders less likely and ensuring ideal results.
One of the most complicated parts of renovating in NYC is inevitably running through all the hoops associated with permits and filings. Every building has a different board and often, your unique building type (IE: pre-war brownstone, co-op) warrants approval from additional NYC commissions. Not only does a design-build firm like Gallery remove the insecurity of navigating those waters solo, we have existing relationships across Brooklyn and Manhattan that help us secure approvals faster.
If you work with Gallery, you can rest easy knowing we plan, design, and execute all of our NYC renovations with client care front and center. To see why design-build is the best method for your NYC apartment renovation, explore more of our work, or contact us to take the next step towards your renovation goals.