How Long Does It Take To Do A Full Renovation of An Apartment?

If you’re considering remodeling in New York City, you're definitely wondering how long a full gut renovation of an apartment actually takes. It varies due to project specifics, but read this to find out our average realistic timeline for a renovation of a classic 1700-square foot apartment.

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How Long Does It Take To Do A Full Renovation of An Apartment?

If a home renovation is in your future, we already know the first question on your mind: how long does a full renovation of an apartment actually take? Naturally, timelines will differ based on the specifics of each individual project, but our goal is to be as realistic as possible.

If you’re considering remodeling in New York City, one of the first questions you’ll wonder is, how long does it take to do a full renovation of an apartment? You can learn more about our process in general, as well as the typical timeline for a kitchen renovation and bathroom renovation, but renovating a full apartment naturally takes even more into consideration.

While there is always a range based on the specific work, a full gut renovation of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1700-square foot apartment, in which we update every aspect of the space, takes roughly four-six months. In addition, 60-90 days worth of planning are typically necessary prior to actually starting demolition and construction. Now let’s break down what that actually entails in the journey of how long a full renovation takes!

60-90 Days Planning (With a free initial consultation!)

The planning phase is especially vital prior to a full renovation of an apartment due to the large amount of moving parts. At Gallery, as a design-and-build firm, we take great pride in this aspect of our business; our goal is to fully streamline the renovation process for our clients. When your planning is as solid as possible from the outset, your risk of running into unexpected  hiccups goes down dramatically. The planning phase is quite extensive and includes the following:

Material Selection & Procurement

With as much or as little input from the client as desired, we select all tiles and stones for backsplashes and countertops, custom cabinets and vanities, paint colors, wood for new flooring planks, plumbing fixtures, finishes of all stripes, and any other materials the project needs. Once the selections have been made, we handle all aspects of obtaining them. We are brand agnostic and open to sourcing materials wherever is the best fit for the project, including commissioning custom pieces from local artisans, like the marble bathroom counter slab we had designed for this East Village bathroom renovation.

Architectural Drawing

Our architects produce the drawings and we file them with the city on behalf of our clients.

Building Board Approval Process

Each building has their own process as far as approving renovations to the space; we handle all the necessary communication.

NY Dept of Buildings Approval Process

The city has one too!

LPC Approval Process, If Landmarked

If the property is historic, we’ll also get it approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission.

All Design Work

Last but assuredly not least, we plan out all aspects of the design itself not only from an architectural perspective, such as if walls are changing, but also the aesthetic of the interior design, whether that’s contemporary, farmhouse, transitional, or any other design style the client desires – an additional benefit of working with a design-and-build firm.

Four-Six Months: Demo to Completion

Then it’s on to the demolition and build portion of a full renovation of an apartment. In our example, full means three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and all the flooring throughout a 1700-square foot apartment, in which we update every single aspect of the space. 

Floors & Walls

Floors are a huge component when it comes to a full renovation of an apartment. Refinishing old floors saves time and cost, but entirely updating (or restoring) floors is a common desire in many renovations. We tear out the old planks or tiles, load in new ones, and install throughout, or fully restore the original planks if that’s a goal. Full renovations usually also include wall updates too, whether we paint, install wallpaper, or a combination of both.

Bathrooms & Kitchens

Bathrooms and kitchens are often the focal point of many renovations and usually have the most moving parts in terms of materials and additional architectural factors, such as updating electric or plumbing and reconfiguring floor plans to add or remove islands, turn tubs into showers, and other modernizing changes. Some apartments require us to consider wet-over-dry restrictions, which dictate where you can locate plumbing fixtures, to avoid accidentally relocating a bathroom above the bedroom of another tenant or homeowner.

Room Creation & Built-Ins

We often build closets or turn existing ones into laundry rooms – everyone in New York yearns for an extra closet to turn into a laundry room – as well as other built-ins that are common features in pre-war apartments and brownstones, such as nooks in kitchens or dining areas or extra storage in bedrooms. In this Brooklyn brownstone kitchen renovation, we refinished the original window mouldings and wood casings, as well as renovated and repurposed the brownstone’s original built-in arches, originally used as closets, into a nook with extra storage.

City Factors

Demolition and renovation is generally more time consuming in New York City apartments due to the confined space of the buildings themselves. We have to carry out chunks of old, broken-up pieces of wall in buckets by hand, for example. Another factor is time itself; many buildings have designated construction times, so when we can work is another limitation out of our hands.

Timelines Are Key!

It’s extremely important for us to be realistic with our numbers because our clients make decisions based on them. One way we strengthen that is through JobTracker, the online project management system we use to stay in touch with clients. Clear communication is always available regarding site visits, material delivery or pick-up, demo days, or any other activity. In short, every single detail is entered into the system to create an ongoing document that keeps everyone informed. 

So, how long does it take to do a full renovation of an apartment? The broad answer is 4-6 months, with 60-90 days of planning, but we’ve laid bare just how much that actually entails above. See for yourself, as three of our biggest projects all took four months: this Brooklyn condo renovation with an upgraded kitchen, two remodeled bathrooms, and new flooring and wall painting throughout; this Manhattan co-op renovation with a remodeled kitchen, an upgraded master bathroom with walk-in shower, new hardwood flooring, and new closets, interior doors, and radiator covers; and this project in Columbus Circle where we combined two apartments and fully renovated the kitchen and one bathroom, with new floors, doors, paint, and general carpentry work.

If you’re searching for the right design-and-build firm to do a full apartment renovation in New York City, our expertise is designed just for you. Our start-to-finish approach ensures the most seamless experience, with the highest quality materials, project management, and build. Contact us now for a free design consultation and to get started on your full renovation of an apartment!




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