NYC Home Improvement

3 Tips for Getting Your NYC Remodel Approved

January 2018
Remodeling in New York City can be an exciting yet daunting prospect; there are more elements to consider and coordinate here than in other cities, says Yoel Piotraut, the owner and managing partner of MyHome Design & Remodeling in Manhattan. This includes the city’s intricate building-approval process. “It’s not something your building management company will take care of,” he says. Piotraut helps clients maneuver through the city’s unique building climate. >>> Read more

Bedroom Lighting Ideas

December 5, 2016
Brighten up with these bedroom lighting ideas. Your bedroom should reflect a space for rest and relaxation, which often includes proper lighting. Most of us use our bedrooms for more than just sleep. Dressing, reading and watching TV are common bedroom activities that all require different bedroom lighting ideas. All bedrooms are not the same,… >>> Read more

Your Tile Shower Needs a Niche

October 20, 2016
Conditioner, shampoo, body wash and shaving gel are just a few of the everyday products we love to keep handy in the shower. The problem is storing these must-haves in a way that still leaves your bathroom feeling clean and clutter-free. >>> Read more

5 Errors That Can Derail Your Kitchen Remodel

August 14, 2016
A kitchen renovation is a substantial cost for most homeowners. The benefits of upgrading your kitchen are an increase in the overall value of your home and functional, beautiful space that lasts for years. >>> Read more

5 Timeless and Trendy Kitchen Designs

July 20, 2016
If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, you may be stuck trying to decide what designs to go with. After all, it’s not easy to know which designs will last the test of time and which will go down in history as passing fads. >>> Read more

4 Popular Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

July 13, 2016
What can you do when your kitchen needs improvement, but you don’t want to renovate the entire space? In any other room, you might consider painting an accent wall. In the kitchen, a simple and quick solution is to change the backsplash. >>> Read more

Basic Kitchen Cabinet Terminology and Materials

June 16, 2016
If you jump into a conversation with contractor without knowing the basics, you could miss important details about your project. In this article we go over basic cabinet terminology and materials so you can confidently talk shop with the pros. >>> Read more

Create a Laundry Room in Your Apartment

May 31, 2016
Being in a tiny apartment doesn’t have to keep you from having an amazing laundry space. It’s possible to fit a stylish and functional laundry room into a small space. With these pro tips, you’ll be on the right track to design a perfect laundry space. >>> Read more

7 Kitchen Island Ideas, Design Trends

May 6, 2016
More than ever, kitchen designs incorporate spaces for entertaining and gathering guests and growing families. If the kitchen is the center of your home, then the kitchen island is the epicenter of your kitchen.Kitchen islands can make your kitchen tremendously functional. Ovens, stoves, dishwashers and wine refrigerators all compete for crucial space in the kitchen >>> Read more

Remodeling The Home

November 7, 2013
In the United States, most homeowners will tackle some form of a home improvement project at some point while living in a particular residence. This can mean updating the kitchen or bathroom, painting, adding cosmetic features to a home, or even adding an addition to the home to create a new space within it. When it comes to home improvement, there is a wide range of possibilities. With those possibilities, of course, comes a wide range of intensity of the project, budget, and time that will be spent on completion of the project. >>> Read more

Information for Tenants: Office Fit-Out Renovations

October 17, 2013
New York City is a mecca of office spaces, many of which are large and are designed to fit the distinct needs of the company occupying them. In a city with such a wide range of types of businesses that operate within it, it stands to reason that there are a vast, wide range of needs for office spaces in the city. The range of possibilities for how one office space may be transformed by savvy design and a well thought out plan are innumerable. With such a wide range of businesses in need of office spaces and a myriad of possibilities for their design, office renovation is – and will always be – a very hot topic in New York. >>> Read more

Crunching Numbers: What You Should Expect to Pay for an Apartment Renovation

September 26, 2013
Renovations in New York City apartments come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and intensity. Though some may want to renovate only one room, others may want to renovate an entire apartment. Regardless of what your plans are, there are some norms and figures that you should be aware of. Before you get too deep into the idea of planning your New York City renovation, take a look at the numbers below. Having an idea of the general costs you should be prepared to absorb during your renovation will very quickly clarify for you whether or not now is the best time to be taking on a renovation. >>> Read more

Renovation Tips

September 5, 2013
Are you considering renovating a room in your home – or your entire home – on your own? In the era of the internet when you can find a how-to video on virtually anything with one visit to YouTube, many homeowners are choosing to take on home renovation projects solo. >>> Read more

New Solutions in the New York CIty Kitchen

August 22, 2013
As many a New York City dweller will attest, apartments in the city do not always come with the most spacious of amenities. From small bedrooms to nearly non-existent dining rooms, many New Yorkers make do with what living space they have. Of course, this is particularly true in the kitchen, which more times than not leaves something to be desired while also requiring a lot of function. >>> Read more

Home Improvements on the Rise

August 8, 2013
An increase in home sales and the emergence of low financing costs is leading to a rise in home construction, according to several studies. The result is an increase in home improvements and home remodeling, which has been notably down from their norm in recent years. >>> Read more

The Fixer Upper: Coveted?

July 24, 2013
Manhattan real estate has long had a reputation for being cut-throat. For years anecdotes of secret “key money” – large sums of money paid to an apartment owner just to be granted the privilege to pay his or her asking price on the property – have swirled, creating a fabled terrain for those wishing to buy in Manhattan to navigate. >>> Read more

Neighborly Worries: Construction’s Impact

July 10, 2013
A home renovation is, of course, a huge undertaking for the structure that is being renovated as well as for the people who live in it. Disruptions such as debris, a lack of ability to use certain rooms, and noise are all of concern when one’s home is being renovated. >>> Read more

What is the Best Way to Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets?

June 27, 2013
For kitchen cabinets that are in good shape and function well to accommodate your needs, NYC home remodeling contractors can upgrade them by painting, applying stain if the cabinets are made of wood or refacing them by simply taking off the old front doors and installing new doors. >>> Read more

How Do I Know My Apartment Renovation Will Be a Good Investment?

June 13, 2013
One of the best ways to increase the resale value of your home is to invest in a home renovation project. Whether you are completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom or simply installing new cabinetry, anything that upgrades the appearance and structural integrity of your home will instantly add resale value if and when you plan on selling your home. >>> Read more

Benefits of an Ergonomic Kitchen

May 30, 2013
What in the world is an “ergonomic” kitchen? The term “ergonomics” is simply a technically fancy way of calling attention to the efficiency and productivity of a device, room or fixture that is specifically used by humans for the purpose of completing an activity. >>> Read more

10 Things You Should Do When Choosing a NYC Contractor to Remodel Your Bathroom

May 16, 2013
Before hiring a remodeling contractor to renovate your bathroom, industry experts suggest going a checklist of 10 things you should do prior to signing a contract. Doing a little homework and research concerning home remodeling contractors before allowing them to rip apart your bathroom can prevent you from being scammed or from experiencing a disaster caused by unprofessional, amateurish workmanship. >>> Read more

Board Approval Essentials When Renovating Your NYC Apartment

May 2, 2013
Now that you have an image of the dream renovation you want and just the right contractor to complete the project, you still have to be approved by the board before remodeling can begin. Here are the actions you will need to follow through with before the contractor can begin: >>> Read more

Converting Your NYC Apartment Bathtub into a Walk-In Shower

April 25, 2013
Real estate professionals recommend that you delay converting a tub into a shower if your apartment only has one bathtub, since this may reduce the resale value of the property (the majority of buyers want at least one full bathroom with shower/tub fixture). However, having an extra bathtub that you want remodeled into a walk-in shower represents the perfect scenario in which to begin planning your renovation project. >>> Read more

What to Do When Your Renovation Project Goes Wrong

April 18, 2013
How do you handle a renovation that is less than a year old but is already showing signs of serious issues? What can you do and who is responsible for the lack of quality materials or construction? >>> Read more

Will a Kitchen Renovation Increase Your Apartment’s Resale Value?

April 11, 2013
People wanting top purchase NYC apartments are deterred by kitchens that need renovated. Old-fashioned kitchens that do not exhibit modern functionality or kitchens that appear on the brink of falling apart will definitely send potential buyers scurrying off to the next apartment. But while remodeling your kitchen prior to putting your property up for sale will definitely help sell the place, it may not bring you the price that you actually put into upgrading your kitchen. >>> Read more

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Kitchen Remodeling

April 4, 2013
Kitchen remodeling can add a great deal of value to the home, and it can also make your life a lot easier! Kitchen remodels have the potential to totally change the way you operate in the kitchen, making the kitchen a more productive, more useful, more enjoyable space for all.>>> Read more

Under-Cabinet Kitchen Lights

March 27, 2013
Under-Cabinet lighting has become increasingly popular in recent years, as kitchen designs have become more ergonomically sound. A common problem in kitchens is that cabinetry, although necessary and often beautiful, creates shadows on the countertops. The countertop is the best workspace available in the kitchen, and therefore, it’s the area where really, we want the most light. Therefore, the under-cabinet light has emerged in kitchens, providing ambiance and effectiveness in one package. >>> Read more

The Kitchen Remodeling Process

March 20, 2013
Though different people go about a kitchen remodel in different ways, most everyone finds themselves in a few distinct phases at some point in the project: Envisioning; Planning; Breaking Ground. >>> Read more

Tips for a Better Kitchen

March 13, 2013
In a lot of homes, more living occurs in the kitchen than in the living room. The kitchen is a place to do homework, to prepare and eat meals, and often a place to visit. For that reason, the kitchen is one of the most talked about areas of the home when it comes to home remodeling. >>> Read more

Is Stainless Steel Out?

March 6, 2013
For several decades now, stainless steel has enjoyed being one of the most popular appliance finishes due to it being easy to clean, shiny and durable. Recently, Whirlpool unveiled a new type of stainless steel called “White Ice” that offers a glossy, glassy sheen similar to the elegant European appliances sporting frosted, glass fronts and creamy white colors. >>> Read more

Don’t Miss These 10 Trendiest Kitchen Designs of 2013

February 27, 2013
General trends in kitchen design involve countertops, flooring and cabinetry exhibiting neutral finishes while innovative interpretations of rural styles embracing natural colors and textures are expected to dominate the realm of professional kitchen design. >>> Read more

Popular Bathroom Color Trends

February 20, 2013
More color, less white–that is the latest mantra from bathroom remodeling industry experts analyzing the newest trends in bathroom design and aesthetics. >>> Read more

Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Choices

February 13, 2013
Installing new kitchen cabinets may be necessary if your existing cabinets have not evolved with other kitchen makeovers and look out of place or obsolete. Although painting or restaining cabinets is an option, the condition of the cabinets might not justify taking the time to refinish them, especially when you can never be sure of how certain refinishing techniques may appear on old cabinetry. >>> Read more

Common Kitchen Countertop Materials

February 6, 2013
Kitchen countertops come in a wide range of materials and styles, each with their own qualities. To make the right decision for your counter, consider the options below. >>> Read more

Finding The Perfect Bathroom Vanity

January 23, 2013
The bathroom vanity is a defining piece in the space, and therefore it is an important piece of the puzzle when doing a redesign or remodel of the bathroom space. If you are in the market for a new bathroom vanity, take a look at the tips below before heading to the store.>>> Read more

Staying Sane During a Kitchen Remodel

January 9, 2013
As many homeowners can attest, when a remodeling project is occurring in the home, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of woes. The contractor isn’t as professional as you had hoped. There’s more work to be done then necessary. The countertop you picked out isn’t fitting in the space it’s meant to. You hate the look of the design! >>> Read more

Tips and Tricks: Remodeling Projects

December 26, 2012
Every home renovation project comes with its own quirks, challenges, and wins. To set yourself up for the most successful home remodeling project possible, we recommend using the following tips and tricks. >>> Read more

How to Choose Kitchen Cabinets

December 12, 2012
Looking at the same kitchen cabinets day after day can make you feel bored and dissatisfied with your entire house. But if the idea of choosing new kitchen cabinets seems overwhelming, having some basic guidelines from which to follow can help alleviate the indecision involved in the process. >>> Read more

Big Ideas for Small Bathrooms

December 5, 2012
Older homes and New York City apartments tend to have small bathrooms that are hard to decorate without making the room appear cluttered or even smaller than it original size. Thanks to professional decorators who know how color, shape and design can create an illusion of space in small bathroom, there are some tricks you can use to artfully expand your bathroom during the renovation process. >>> Read more

Kitchen Redesign: Avoid a Nightmare

November 28, 2012
New York City residents who have suffered from choosing the wrong home remodeling contractor say that the worst error they made was not checking references. This means doing thorough research on the company’s length of operation, how long they have been providing services in your area, whether they have been licensed by the state of New York to and reviews of customers who hired the company to do work on their home. >>> Read more

Complete Apartment Renovation

November 21, 2012
Whether you want to add to the value to your property, increase the amount of space you have or are simply tired of looking at the same old walls every day, completely renovating your New York City apartment is an ambitiously satisfying project that can be completed by one of NYC’s most popular home and business renovation company’s – MyHome. >>> Read more

Kitchen Redesign: Avoid a Nightmare

November 14, 2012
A kitchen redesign can be a wonderful thing. It can completely change the look and feel of the kitchen as well as – depending on the design of the home – the house overall. Kitchen redesigns also greatly add to the value of a home, so if you are looking to sell your home, it’s a good idea to update the kitchen. >>> Read more

Common Specifications for Remodeling The Kitchen

October 31, 2012
The kitchen is a highly customizable space in the home. In fact, depending on the size, shape, design, and overall plan within the kitchen, the exact same appliances and fixtures could look totally different in one kitchen than another. Luckily, many of the items that go into a kitchen are highly customizable. So, for example, a set of stock cabinets can take on a variety of different lives by customizing the finish color and the hardware that goes on the cabinet. >>> Read more

Master Bathroom Remodeling

October 17, 2012
In this day and age, many homeowners want to create a home for themselves that feels like a sanctuary. We are always running, always moving, and always connected. There is no better time than today to create a home that is your own private paradise. >>> Read more

Tips for a Successful Bathroom Remodel

October 3, 2012
Like any major remodeling project in the home, a bathroom remodel can be a big undertaking. All remodeling projects are most likely to be successful and pain-free when a homeowner who is willing to dedicate time and care to the remodeling process accompanies them. Through planning, being aware of what you’re working with, and working with professionals, you can engage in the remodeling process in a way that ultimately sets you up for success. >>> Read more

Developing a Remodeling Plan for your Kitchen

September 19, 2012
Not knowing exactly where to begin a kitchen renovation project causes many people to put off remodeling a kitchen that desperately needs a makeover for aesthetic, safety and energy-saving reasons. Taking the time to plan ahead and consider several important aspects of kitchen remodeling can lead to a stress-free, expedited and pleasurable remodeling experience, with the final results fully satisfying the preplanned image you had of your new kitchen. >>> Read more

Remodeling Ideas for a Small Kitchen

September 5, 2012
You might think renovating a small kitchen would be a waste of time due to size limitations, but by taking advantage of the hundreds of affordable remodeling ideas to make small kitchens appear spacious as well as beautiful, your kitchen remodeling experience can be enjoyable and exciting while adding value to your home. >>> Read more

Elegant Design Ideas for the Bathroom

August 22, 2012
While most of us do not have the resources to renovate a bathroom with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, stained-glass windows and gold-plated fixtures, there are design ideas that can transform your bathroom from plain to spectacular without requiring you to clean out your bank account. For example, smaller bathrooms can be made to appear larger and more luxurious by placing gold or silver-framed mirrors on cabinet doors or on walls. Reflection of natural or artificial lighting by these mirrors brightens a small bathroom and gives the illusion of spaciousness as well as elegance. >>> Read more

Kitchen Cabinet Prices—Comparing to Save Money

August 8, 2012
Depending on the type of material, amount of material needed and where you purchase your cabinets, the price of kitchen cabinets can vary several hundred dollars or more. This is why taking the time to shop around and compare prices of different kitchen cabinets will give you the best and most affordable estimates with which you can use to begin creating a budget for your kitchen renovation project. >>> Read more

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Bathroom Remodeling

July 25, 2012
Improving the appearance and functioning of your bathroom does not have to be a costly venture. Depending on the type of materials and extent of the renovation, a remodeling project’s budget can be as low as several hundred dollars. Small enhancements such as new floor tiling or new tub and shower can transform a dull, lifeless bathroom into an inviting, attractive place to relax and refresh after a long day at the office. >>> Read more

FAQs About Kitchen Remodeling

July 11, 2012
What is the cost breakdown of a kitchen remodeling project? Generally, cabinetry accounts for about 1/3 of a kitchen remodeling project but could be nearly 1/2 of the cost depending on the type of material the customer has ordered and how much space cabinets use in the kitchen. Flooring, light fixtures and countertops represent the remainder of the improvement, which can be purchased as an in-stock items or custom-made to fit any design scheme. >>> Read more

What You Need to Know about Countertop Surfaces

June 27, 2012
The latest trend in countertop surface materials is granite, one of the hardest and most durable of stone material. Granite texture is medium-coarse to fully coarse, with coloring determined by chemicals and natural formation techniques. Primarily made from quartz, micas and feldspars, granite reveals an interesting display of color combinations according to the distribution of these minerals. >>> Read more

Why Wood Flooring is a Great Choice for Your Home

June 13, 2012
When deciding on wood flooring material, choose the kind of wood flooring that is suited to the amount of foot traffic experienced by the room. For high-traffic areas such as the kitchen or utility room, select a durable, darker colored wood flooring that resists wear and tear and does not show signs of wear as much as lighter colored wood. >>> Read more

Tips for Buying Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

May 30, 2012
New York city homeowners who think installing new cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom is as easy as purchasing them may be in for an unsettling surprise. Because numerous “do-it-yourself” television shows make home remodeling projects seem like an effortless and enjoyable activity, many people get excited at the thought of transforming their home into the showplace they just watched being readily created on a show. >>> Read more

Creative Ideas for New Bathroom Vanities, Cabinets and Sinks

May 16, 2012
The most attractive bathroom fixtures are those that beautifully compliment the decor style of the whole bathroom. With the hundreds of different vanities, cabinets and sinks from which to choose, New York City homeowners searching for a specific kind of bathroom accessories are almost guaranteed to find what they want and need. >>> Read more

What are the Differences between an Interior Decorator and an Interior Designer?

May 2, 2012
When it comes to home remodeling, New York City homeowners need to make sure they hire a professional remodeling contractor to perform bathroom or kitchen renovations in their home and not an interior decorator. Interior decorators do not necessarily have formal training in this discipline because it primarily deals with the aesthetics of an enclosed area, such as a bedroom, living room or dining room. >>> Read more

What You May Not Know About Kitchen Remodeling

April 18, 2012
Whether a kitchen remodeling project involves the simple installation of a new sink or removing all four walls to completely renovate a large dining area, the planning, preparation and construction of a kitchen remodeling job needs to be approached practically and professionally by experienced individuals intimate with all aspects of kitchen remodeling. >>> Read more

Finding a Good Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

April 4, 2012
Kitchen remodeling involves experience, skill and expert knowledge regarding all facets of construction work. Hiring the right remodeler to renovate your kitchen means performing extensive background and licensing checks as well as researching the reputation of the contractor. >>> Read more

Tips for Hiring the Best Bathroom Remodeling Contractors

March 21, 2012
With New York City offering the services of hundreds of bathroom remodelers, how do you know the one you choose is dependable, honest, professional and affordable? One way to begin your search for a good remodeling contract is to do research concerning the reputation of the remodeling company. >>> Read more

Kitchen Countertop Styles and Materials

March 7, 2012
Currently, the most popular and fashionable material used for kitchen countertops is granite. As an affordable, natural stone substance with which to construct beautiful, polished countertops, granite is available in a rainbow of colors complimenting any type of existing kitchen wallpaper or wall color. >>> Read more

Suggestions for Choosing the Right Bathroom Vanity

February 22, 2012
How can you tell a good contractor from bad contractor? Most of us know people who have had bad experiences with home remodeling contractors. Either the contractors did shoddy and unprofessional work, took months and months to get the job done, or simply appropriated the money and ran without completing the work. >>> Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Good Contractor

February 8, 2012
How can you tell a good contractor from bad contractor? Most of us know people who have had bad experiences with home remodeling contractors. Either the contractors did shoddy and unprofessional work, took months and months to get the job done, or simply appropriated the money and ran without completing the work. >>> Read more

Questions and Answers About Contractors

February 1, 2012
Follow advice given by experts regarding the difference between a professional contractor and a scam contractor to avoid experiencing shoddy workmanship, hidden fees and fly-by-night companies that take your money and run before you realize what has happened to you. >>> Read more

5 Tips for Selecting a Good Contractor

January 25, 2012
With the thousands of contractors working in New York City, how do you separate the professional contractors from the scam artists? Home emergencies can occur at any time without warning and when they do, you need someone you can trust to effect outstanding repairs in a timely and dependable manner. >>> Read more

What the Experts Say about Hiring Contractors

January 18, 2012
Deciding to renovate your New York City house, apartment or business by hiring a home remodeling contractor is a serious decision. The design features of the renovation, budget, time factor (if any) and type of materials desired are all components of the renovation process that need to be addressed. >>> Read more

Planning for a Successful Bathroom Remodeling Project

January 11, 2012
The bathroom is undeniably one of the most important spaces in the home, and yet it is often overlooked when considering a remodel. Remodeling your bathroom can heighten your family’s comfort in your home, and it will also add some value to your house. >>> Read more

Using Organization to Remodel Your Kitchen

January 4, 2012
In New York City, apartments are often filled with small and peculiar spaces. Many kitchens, bathrooms, and apartments are oddly shaped and are smaller than we might desire. >>> Read more

Making the Most of Kitchen Space

December 28, 2011
In New York City, the kitchen is oftentimes the epicenter of the home. It’s not only where meals are prepared – it is often where meals are served. Furthermore, old or peculiar construction often leaves New York City dwellers with small and oddly shaped kitchen spaces. >>> Read more

Finding Fixtures for Small Bathroom Spaces

December 21, 2011
New York City is filled with small and often quirky and oddly shaped spaces. This is especially true for apartments that have sometimes been fit into pre-War construction buildings in spaces that once did not have bathrooms in them. For many reasons, a bathroom remodel in New York City may not necessarily include an expanse in space. >>> Read more

What You Need to Professionally Renovate a NYC Condo or Co-Op

December 14, 2011
The most important decision made when deciding to begin a NYC condo renovation is the selection of the architect and the contractor. Professional architects design detailed specifications and blueprints necessary for the contractor to create the type of remodeling desired by the owner. >>> Read more

How to Renovate a NYC Loft in Seven Easy Steps

December 7, 2011
Conversion of a New York City loft into a functional space provides more spacious living conditions and enhances the value of the home as well. Begin renovating your loft by planning the process ahead of time and making notes regarding these important items. >>> Read more

Creating a Kosher Kitchen in NYC

November 30, 2011
What makes a kitchen fundamentally kosher is in the way structured as well as in the way it is used. Materials and design are not as important as respecting Jewish practices that designate separation of dairy foods from meat and employing different dishes and cutlery for different holidays. >>> Read more

Beautify your NYC Kitchen with Feng Shui

November 23, 2011
As a practice intended to create harmony by balancing the energy contained within living spaces, Feng Shui is a philosophical perspective invented several thousand years ago in China and based on Daoist understandings of nature. In Chinese, Feng Shui means “wind water”, a phrase referencing the power of the wind and water found in their “chi” or intrinsic energy source. >>> Read more

Choosing Kitchen Cabinetry

November 16, 2011
There are many options available to the homeowner looking to install new cabinetry in his or her kitchen. So many so, in fact, that the process can be overwhelming. When preparing to choose new kitchen cabinetry, it is important to consider the following components. >>> Read more

Finding The Right Countertop Surface For Your Kitchen

November 9, 2011
Most kitchen renovations occur because a homeowner wants to give his or her kitchen space a new and updated look and feel. So, although it is alluring to choose a countertop surface based on appearance, homeowners should always consider several factors when choosing which countertop surface to install in a kitchen space. >>> Read more

Successfully Working with a Countertop and Cabinet Contractor

November 2, 2011
In New York City, the kitchen is often the center of the home – it is where meals are prepared and often served. Therefore, having a kitchen that fits one’s own personal style is very important to many homeowners. Replacing cabinetry and countertops in a kitchen is a fantastic way to give the entire space a new look that will fit your style without completely renovating the entire kitchen. >>> Read more

Marble Countertops

October 26, 2011
When it comes to which material to use on bathroom and kitchen countertops, there are many options to choose from. A longtime favorite for those looking for a luxurious and extremely dependable option, marble remains at the top of the list for homeowners across the greater New York City area. >>> Read more

Choosing a Contractor for Remodeling Your Home

October 19, 2011
In New York City, the home is a little slice of peace amongst a city of business, and therefore any changes to one’s home are paramount and should be taken seriously. A remodel in your home is a substantial undertaking. Remodels are often time consuming, and require your giving over of your space to a contractor whom you have trusted with the task of completely renovating or building into your existing home. Because remodels can be so personally intensive, choosing a contractor who is professional, trustworthy, and an expert at his or her job is integral to a successful remodel. >>> Read more

Design Your Dream Kitchen

October 12, 2011
In New York City especially, the kitchen is at the heart of the home. It is where we cook, where we gather before and after meals, and it’s often also where we actually serve and consume our meals. Whether company is joining you or you are preparing a quiet meal for your family, a customized kitchen is the height of happiness for any chef. And if you are looking for more than just a simple remodel, and you have the budget to support it, a luxury kitchen remodel may be exactly what you’re looking for. >>> Read more

Planning a Remodeling Project Wisely to Add Value to Your Home

October 5, 2011
Many apartment and homeowners in New York City assume that by renovating a space, value will irrefutably be added to the space. However, this is not necessarily the case. Some common mistakes made by homeowners in remodels may contribute to diminished value of an apartment or home. >>> Read more

Remodeling Your NYC Loft Space

September 28, 2011
If you live in a loft apartment in New York City, you are no stranger to issues with spacing and separation within your home. If your space has grown stale or the spacing doesn’t feel quite right, it may be time for a remodel. Remodeling can give your New York City loft a new look and can completely overhaul the function of the space. There are many options for remodeling available, so consider them all when dreaming up your new loft! >>> Read more

Selecting The Right Contractor

September 21, 2011
Once you’ve decided to remodel your home or apartment, it’s time to find a contractor who will carry out your plans and turn your space into your dream home. >>> Read more

Traditional Kitchen Cabinet Layouts

September 14, 2011
For the cook, the entertainer, and the homemaker in each of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Due to the layout of many New York City living spaces, this is even truer – often, the kitchen is quite literally the center of the home. And with small spaces and often a lack of a true dining room, the kitchen is also the epicenter of any dinner party or gathering. For many homeowners in the city, a kitchen redesign is one of the first steps in customizing the home to fit their specific needs. After all, the kitchen is your space. Is yours all it could be? >>> Read more

Solid Surface Countertops

September 7, 2011
In New York City apartments, the kitchen is an integral part of the overall home. The kitchen is, after all, where meals are prepared, and moreover, it’s very often a gathering space. New York City kitchens, however, are often not as large as we’d hope they could be, and therefore we are challenged to make the most of our space and to have the most efficient, productive kitchen possible. One major way to improve and get the most out of your space is to have great countertops. >>> Read more

Kitchen Redesign: Choosing New Kitchen Cabinets

August 31, 2011
New York City kitchens are unique spaces. They are often smaller than the chef in each of us may desire, and they are also – in many ways – the heart of our homes. When guests are over, many will inevitably convene in the kitchen – and often, without a true dining room, we serve our guests in the kitchen as well. Therefore, it’s especially important, when designing or redesigning your New York City kitchen space, to pick the most attractive, most functional, and most impressive cabinetry for your home. >>> Read more

Universal Bathroom Design

August 24, 2011
With a large number of baby boomers now entering their 50’s and 60’s, and X-Gens following right behind them, construction of universal design bathrooms is proliferating in the home remodeling industry. A universal design bathroom integrates the principles of this type of design, an architectural style that engineers a living area suitable for all levels of human development, with special attention to the later years, a time when mobility and perceptual competence may become an issue. >>> Read more

Ideas for Renovating Your Apartment Kitchen

August 10, 2011
Just because your New York apartment or Manhattan condo kitchen is small doesn’t mean you are limited to a few, restrictive renovating ideas. Effectively utilizing small space dimensions is the key taking advantage of any improvement concept you wish to explore. By using color, shape and size, and placing objects at certain angles in certain areas, you can turn your too-cozy kitchen into a splashy, roomy cooking and dining area. >>> Read more

Suggestions for Affordable Home Improvement

July 27, 2011
To maintain the value of their homes, owners need to invest periodically in upgrading their home by painting, performing electrical and plumbing improvements, laying new roofs when needed and other forms of enhancements. However, purchasing items to complete these tasks yourself or hiring a contractor to do the job can be expensive, especially if you have never attempted this kind of job. Being aware ahead of time of strategies that can decrease the cost of your home improvement concern will expedite your purchases and lessen the strain on your budget as well. >>> Read more

Advice on Surviving the Home Restoration Process

July 13, 2011
Whether you have chosen to restore your home for aesthetic or disaster-caused reasons, a home restoration process involves disruption, noise, costs and patience. So how does a homeowner survive this intrusive event? Some people simply leave their home and live elsewhere until the renovation is completed, but for many, that isn’t an option. >>> Read more

Ten Ways to Artfully Design a Contemporary Kitchen

June 29, 2011
Kitchens are not just rooms where food is cooked and eaten. They are also intimate havens where deep discussions take place, where the dog can find his food, where you can stumble in at three o’clock in the morning and snack on the last of the leftovers without being discovered. >>> Read more

Tips for Designing a Beautiful Bathroom

June 22, 2011
With New York City apartment bathrooms, redesigning advice tends to concern ways in which you can create a beautiful and comfortable bathroom while utilizing a small space which cannot be substantially modified. >>> Read more

Making Your Dream Kitchen a Reality

June 15, 2011
Don’t just imagine your dream kitchen–start investing in that dream by taking a look at these helpful tips for creating that kitchen in which you’ve always wanted to cook that exotic Indian dish wearing a colorful sari and sandals. >>> Read more

Remodeling Your Bathroom with Flair

June 8, 2011
So you have this image of what your newly remodeled bathroom is going to look like and you are wondering where to start. Bathroom renovation does involve more than changing the color scheme and replacing your old toilet tank with a new one. >>> Read more

Cost Effective Kitchen Remodeling with a High-End Look

January 24, 2011
It used to be that an NYC kitchen renovation was a solid investment in increasing your home’s resale value. But things have changed and in today’s more than sluggish market investing a large amount of money in a kitchen renovation (NYC) doesn’t make sense if you’re planning on selling in the near future. >>> Read more

Luxury Bathrooms at an Affordable Price

January 23, 2011
Many of us crave a luxury bathroom: not only does your own spa-like retreat offer a welcome respite from the day’s harried pace, but it also helps increase your home’s resale value. Or does it? In today’s market, real estate agents are now recommending that it doesn’t pay to invest a ton of money in renovating your bathroom if you think you’re going to try to resell it in the near future. >>> Read more

New York Kitchen Showrooms

September 18, 2010
Before renovating their kitchens, many New York homeowners visit a local kitchen showroom to get design ideas or to preview products and materials. In particular, New York kitchen showrooms are a great way to examine up close the newest dishwashers and refrieratord. >>> Read more

New Jersey Bathroom Showroom: A Great Resource

September 13, 2010
Why should you make a trip to a New Jersey bathroom showroom before beginning a renovation project? First of all, Bathroom showrooms highlight the latest products and materials so you can preview items you’ve seen in magazines or online before purchasing. But you can also get some needed inspiration as you plan your renovation: New Jersey showrooms are designed by interior decorators and home renovation experts and display innovative configurations and colors as well as the latest in decorating trends. >>> Read more

Finding Inspiration at a New York Bathroom Showroom

August 25, 2010
Where do you look for inspiration when designing your bathroom renovation? A bathroom design magazine or home renovation website? You may be missing the best inspiration source of all: a New York bathroom showroom. >>> Read more

Outdoor Kitchens: A Growing Trend in New York Kitchen Remodeling

July 15, 2010
Outdoor kitchens are certainly not a new idea; they have been popular in the Mediterranean for hundreds of years. Today, many people around the world, including New Yorkers, are catching on to the advantages of having an outdoor kitchen. As a result, many New York kitchen remodeling projects are now including outdoor kitchens. >>> Read more

New York Kitchen Cabinets: Give your Kitchen a Fresh New Look

July 10, 2010
If you are considering renovating your New York kitchen to give it a fresh new look, you might consider adding new cabinets. Simply changing your cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a completely new design. >>> Read more

New York Home Improvements Go Green with Bamboo Cabinets

July 1, 2010
More and more New Yorkers are remodeling to create greener, more eco-friendly homes. There are certainly a number of different ways you can go about doing this through green New York home improvement projects. >>> Read more

New York Bathroom Remodeling: Warm Up Your Floors

June 19, 2010
If you live in Westchester, you are probably aware of how uncomfortable it can be to step out of the bath or shower in the dead of winter onto a cold floor. Sure, you could use a rug but wouldn’t it be much more comfortable to step out onto a floor that is already toasty warm? This is the reason that so many people are considering New York bathroom remodeling to add radiant heat flooring into their Westchester bathrooms. >>> Read more

New Jersey Kitchen Cabinets: Customize Your Kitchen

June 12, 2010
Where do you look for inspiration when designing your bathroom renovation? A bathroom design magazine or home renovation website? You may be missing the best inspiration source of all: a New York bathroom showroom. >>> Read more

Manhattan Remodeling: Make Your Apartment Feel Bigger

May 27, 2010
Nothing quite compares to life in the Big Apple. Greater economic opportunities alone draw people from all over the world to Manhattan, but it’s the city’s culture, restaurants, and vibrant art scene that compel them to stay. >>> Read more

Picking the Perfect Tile for Your NYC and NJ Bathroom Walls

May 22, 2010
As anyone who’s tried to renovate their Manhattan bathroom knows, Bathroom (NYC) walls are tricky to cover. Due to heat and humidity wallpaper will certainly warp and peel; the same is true for interior paint. This makes tile your best bet, because it can stand up to constant moisture and is really easy to clean. >>> Read more

Picking The Perfect Countertop for Your New York or New Jersey Kitchen Remodel

May 7, 2010
The most distinctive elements of your newly remodeled NYC or NJ kitchen renovation project are the appliances, the cabinets and the countertops. Truly the face of your NYC kitchen-remodeling project, these three elements work together to create the perfect look for what is usually the busiest room in the home. >>> Read more

Home Improvement NY and NJ: Increasing Your Home’s Resale Value

April 18, 2010
As the NY & NJ housing market grinds to a halt, more and more New York and New Jersey homeowners find themselves stuck in an overcrowded and out-dated home. You may not be able to move anytime soon, because while you can get a deal on a new home, it may be difficult to sell your current one. However, you can certainly take some steps to both improve your current living situation and ensure that when the market does swing back up, your NJ or NY home improvements will be attractive to potential buyers. >>> Read more

NYC and NJ Home Improvement: Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

April 5, 2010
Just about everyone these days is concerned about ways to lower their electricity and gas bills—whether you live in a 2 bedroom on the Upper East Side or a sprawling ranch in Bergen County, NJ. And as the fuel crisis is coinciding with the housing crisis in this country, more and more people are remodeling their homes rather than moving to another location. >>> Read more

Choosing the Perfect NYC and NJ Bathroom Sink

March 24, 2010
The NJ or NYC bathroom sink along with the shower/tub and toilet, is one of the most important parts of your Manhattan or New Jersey bathroom design. Whether you choose a dramatic imported ceramic vessel sink or porcelain his-and-her pedestal sinks, the color, shape and type of sink you choose can have a dramatic impact on your New Jersey bathroom’s design. Your home itself may even guide your sink choice: a small city bathroom can be made to feel more spacious with a wall-mounted sink while a sprawling suburban manor would do well with a vanity sink. >>> Read more

Facilitating a Green NYC Bathroom Remodeling Project

March 5, 2010
Everybody wants to create greener, healthier homes these days: it’s healthier for you and for our planet. But how do you go about greening your New York City bathroom when you’re ready to renovate? There are several elements to a bathroom (NYC) that are perfect opportunities for choosing non-toxic, water efficient or recycled products. >>> Read more

Selecting a Toilet for Your NYC Bathroom Remodeling Project

February 16, 2010
Thinking about remodeling your New York City bathroom? In the Manhattan’s fast-paced urban environment, nothing says luxury like you very own in-home spa. But whether you live in Manhattan’s Upper West Side or in a sprawling estate in New Jersey’s Bergen County, your bathroom (NYC) design will always be centered around functionality. This makes picking the perfect toilet a crucial step in your NYC bathroom renovation project. >>> Read more

NYC Bathroom Flooring for Your Bath Renovation Project

February 2, 2010
Choosing the perfect flooring for your NYC bathroom remodeling project can be tricky. You need to find the perfect balance between your NYC bathroom design needs and the limitations of a bathroom: your Manhattan bathroom’s flooring needs to be able to withstand moisture and heat without warping. >>> Read more

NYC Kitchen Remodeling: Greening Made Easy

January 18, 2010
If you’re tired of your old, out-dated kitchen and thinking about remodeling, consider transforming your home’s hearth into an eco-friendly and energy efficient room. Creating a green kitchen in New York City reduces your exposure to toxic chemicals, reduces your carbon footprint and will ultimately save you money on utility bills—which allows you to make back a little of what you’ve been losing on heating and cooling costs (not to mention what you’re losing at the pump lately). >>> Read more