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Want to Remodel?

Written by Aaron Popowsky
Imagery by Gallery KBNY

(Here’s How to Do It without Breaking the Bank)

In 2018, Americans spent almost $400 billion remodeling their homes, according to Statista, and that number is expected to continue rising in 2019. As a New Yorker, if you want to get on the home renovation bandwagon with a kitchen or bathroom project, however, you’ll likely experience some budgeting challenges that homeowners in other places won’t.
   For example, co-ops and condos might require extensive plumbing or electrical work. Older properties could feature projects that are no longer up to code. And agencies such as the Department of Buildings or Landmarks Preservation Commission might impose fees on special projects.
   For those reasons and dozens more, starting a renovation project in New York might seem daunting. But with the right knowledge and preparation, you can tackle your next kitchen or bath project with ease. Use the following steps
to start your remodel off strong:
1. Figure out what you want.
Are you simply looking for a new vanity, or do you want to redo your entire kitchen? Are you into the farmhouse look, or is your style more modern? Answering basic questions like these will help determine your project’s scope.
2. Research specific requirements.
If you want to renovate your condo, brownstone, or other special property, you need to know about the paperwork you’ll need to fill out and guidelines you need to meet. Some all-inclusive firms will do this for you, but either way, you need to know whether to expect extra fees.
3. Look for high-quality finishes that won’t break the bank.
Pro tip: You don’t need to pay for fully custom cabinets or Carrara marble to achieve your ideal look.
4. Start with a rough estimate.
While every project is different, these benchmarks can help you set expectations for each step of your remodel. Creating plans and acquiring permits can cost $10,000 to $70,000; your project’s design could cost up to $50,000, depending on the firm you choose; if your project requires construction, the prep and labor will range from $8,500 to $23,500; electrical projects could cost $7,500 to $40,000; plumbing work runs from $1,000 to $15,000; and depending on the kinds you choose, your finishes will likely cost between $125 and $400 per square foot, but getting to $1,000 per square foot is also possible if you are looking to incorporate every top-of-the-line luxury finish into your home.
   With these strategies, you’ll be able to face any challenges your kitchen or bath renovation might throw your way. Before you know it, you’ll be living in your dream space without overspending.


Aaron Popowsky is CEO and founder of Gallery Kitchen & Bath, an award-winning licensed, bonded, and insured full-service design, selection, and build firm. Gallery KBNY specializes in the interior renovation of apartments, brownstones, and townhomes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and parts of Queens. The team strives tirelessly to couple excellent craftsmanship with matching service and communication.

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