INSIGHT ON RENOVATING

Kitchen Renovations

A complete kitchen remodel or a gut renovation involves demolishing the existing kitchen down to its barebones, plumbing, and wiring. With a blank canvas, you are able to explore new potential layouts.

How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?

There is no exact answer because a lot of things affect this. Upgrading the cabinets, countertops, or fixtures might take only a couple of days. But if you’re completely renovating your kitchen, expect a longer and detailed process.

Kitchen renovations of any scale involve several steps and stages. Most kitchen renovations in NYC can be categorized into three main phases:

 

DESIGN, SELECTION, AND PURCHASING

The design, selection, and purchasing stages make up one of three main steps to a kitchen remodel. During this phase, our kitchen designer creates a 3D rendering of your kitchen that includes lots of detail. Things such as the layout, cabinetry, fixtures, appliances, lighting, and more are shown. The selection phase involves identifying the design, BUDGET, and options for finishes, fixtures, cabinetry, and accessories.

Once you’ve selected the components of your new custom kitchen, the designer will procure all the finishes before starting the demolition and build phases. Depending on lead times, we usually see a length of 1-2 months until these finishes are ready to be installed. This depends a lot on how quickly you decide on your new fixtures and finishes.

If you live in a co-op or condo, then the board approval and management filing process adds time to this stage.

SITE PROTECTION AND DEMOLITION

The next steps include site protection and demolition. This includes installing protection around the site and surrounding areas to contain dust, debris, and other materials. In condos and co-ops, hallways, elevators, and other common areas must also be protected with masonite daily. 

Once the work area is fully protected, demolition begins! We begin with removing the cabinets, countertops, floors, walls, and plumbing. This process usually takes up to 1 week. 

BUILDING AND FINISHING

The last stage of a kitchen renovation is building, framing, and leveling. We start with framing and leveling making sure what is being installed is all square and right. Simultaneously, we rewire your kitchen per the kitchen layout and NEC code with new electrical and plumbing work per building requirements.

Then install all the floors, cabinets, countertops, accessories, and fixtures that you’ve selected.

As mentioned above, renovations inside a building take longer due to limited work hours, freight elevator restrictions, and also other renovations being performed in the building.

With all factors in consideration, the process should take anywhere from five to six weeks once we begin. 

Bathroom Renovations 

Many factors will contribute to the length of your NYC bathroom remodeling project. A gut renovation will consist of demolition, repiping to the existing building risers, and reframing.

How long does it take to remodel a bathroom?

PREPARATION: HANDPICKING YOUR BATHROOM

The first step to any bath remodel is to plan for it. Visiting the plumbing finishes showrooms and Tile showrooms is where you start selecting things, slowly putting your bathroom together. 

There isn't much wiggle room on different layouts or configurations other than a tub to shower conversion.

DEMOLITION: GETTING RID OF THE OLD

This step should take approximately 1 week.

Site protection and demolition will include careful and systematic strategies on carefully covering the working area and protecting  previously finished work from possible damage (walls, doors, cabinets, trims, fixtures, etc.) Unlike many others, we completely tear down the chase wall and reframe it for a level, sturdy, and straight canvas. This allows the plumbers to safely secure new copper piping to our new studs and electricians to wire as needed.

BUILD: CREATING YOUR DREAM BATHROOM

This step should take up to 4 weeks. 

The final phase of your bathroom remodel is building the bathroom. This is where most of the work happens, including waterproofing, installing the tiles, fixtures, trim, and accessories. 

Bath remodeling is highly involved and sometimes pricey if you pick top-of-the-line finishes. We take the guesswork and stress out of every renovation we complete. 

Expect an entire bathroom renovation to take approximately four to six weeks from start to finish.

Kitchen Remodeling Schedule

Paperwork Preparation

  1. Insurance and permit filing

  2. Management approval

  3. The construction schedule crafted per scope of work

  4. All finish material specs prepped to be provided on site

  5. Kitchen layout is established and discussed to guide plumbers and electricians

 

Prep and Site Protection 

  1. Water and gas are disconnected

  2. Electrical services for the kitchen is disconnected 

  3. Dust isolation and protection for the work area and adjacent areas

  4. Common hallway protection with masonite

  5. Negative air pressure is created to keep dust out using our HEPA air scrubbers

Kitchen Demolition

  1. Existing cabinets and finishes are removed

  2. All debris is hauled away and the work area is swept and vacuumed

  3. Walls are framed as needed for new cabinets

  4. Prep and level the floor substrate to receive tile or wood flooring

Mechanical

  1. Electrical walk-through with client and contractor to confirm the locations of lighting, switches, outlets, etc.

  2.  Plumbing is redone to existing risers with shut off valves as required 

Millwork Installation and Finishing

  1.  Install Cabinets and trim 

  2. Install appliances

  3. The template is made for the kitchen countertops

  4. Patching, painting and, finishing

  5. Countertops are installed

  6.  Connect/Finish plumbing and electrical

  7. Install backsplash tiles

  8. Final Cleanup and walk-through

 

Bathroom Remodeling Schedule 

 

Paperwork Preparation

  1. Insurance and permit filing

  2. Management approval

  3. The construction schedule crafted per scope of work

  4. All finish material specs prepped to be provided on-site

  5. The layout is established and discussed to guide plumbers and electricians

 

 

Prep and Site Protection

  1. Water is disconnected is existing valves hold pressure

  2. Electrical services are disconnected

  3. Dust isolation and protection for the work area and adjacent areas

  4. Common hallway protection with masonite

  5. Negative air pressure is created to keep dust out using our HEPA air scrubbers

Bathroom Demolition

  1. Existing Tiles (floor and walls) are removed

  2. Vanity/Medicine cabinet and existing tub will be removed (if new tub will be installed)

  3. All debris is hauled away and the work area is swept and vacuumed

Framing

  1. The Chase wall is reframed 

  2. Frame new standing shower or install a new tub

  3. Niche if discussed

Mechanical

  1. Electrical walk-through with client and contractor to confirm the locations of lighting, switches, outlets, etc.

  2. Plumbing is redone to existing risers with shut off valves as required 

  3. New copper piping for sink, toilet, shower body 

Finish Installation

  1. ​Waterproofing done as required

  2. Cement boards installed and prepped

  3. Tile installation, grout, and sealer

  4. Installation of plumbing finishes and fixtures

  5. Painting and other finishes

  6. Final Cleanup and walk-through