More about this projectThis renovation was featured on the Sweeten blog.
Eb Apartment In Kips Bay (labor And Roughing Only)Posted by Eric B. in Gramercy
Buying a unit that has not been renovated since 1970s (other than bathroom). We want to open and brighten the space. We anticipate owning by mid-July, but want to be locked down with our contractor in a much shorter timeline
has not been updated since the 1970's, excluding the finished bathroom. Photos available at streeteasy.com
Scope of work
Remove cutout of wall that separates the kitchen and living room (2' height). Remove excess wall near the new location of dishwasher
Remove all of the cabinets, flooring (if necessary) and the appliances (excluding dishwasher)
Dispose of the debris offsite.
Install the semi-custom cabinets, appliances, countertop, breakfast bar and plumbing for sink and appliances as needed (attached specs)
Tiling: Install backsplash (Tiling and grout) (~15 sq. ft.)
Remove the radiator and cap it.
Change out the outlets and switches.
Move electric as needed
Reframe the doors that aren't standard height which are the bifold doors. Install sheetrock and tape and plaster for resized doors. We will do all doors the same height as the other doors.
Frame out the tops of the doors.
Install 80" high doors.
Install all new doors handles and hinges where possible
Skim coat ceiling entire apartment on current popcorn ceiling.
Frame and build beams as outlined (Living room: rail row 2 beams @ 11'-8"; Bedroom 2 @ 12'-0" and 1 @ 16'-10") (attached floorplan)
Run lighting through beams with cutouts for recessed bulbs (Run and install MR16 lights as per drawings); switches installed as needed
Install new click and lock flooring on top of the old wood flooring throughout the apt (excluding bathroom).
Remove the exiting floor trim and install new trim.
Prep the walls for paint. Prep and paint the closets, all rooms walls, ceilings, trim and doors.
Paint the ceiling beams also.
Archway in foyer-
Frame out and build a archway between the 2 walls upon entry into the apartment.
Darwin was a pleasure to work with throughout our process. He arrived on time everyday, was always reachable, and finished each part of our project quickly. We gave him our designs and materials and he did the work behind them. He offered his input if asked, but for the most part, deferred on everything to us. I would encourage anyone working with him to have the vision, but importantly to expect to play an active role during the renovation and do much of the legwork. As a general contractor, he had license to operate the plumbing and electrical without the need to hire a separate subcontractor, and the ability to work through problems much quicker. This was important to us in our search. His background as a Super also worked to our advantage in calming our super during a few stressful moments during the project as he was able to talk peer to peer. In terms of his proposal and subsequent additions, he was incredibly fair, especially in comparison to others we interviewed. Given our project was on a tight budget, this certainly set him apart. As a first time homeowner in our first renovation, our expectations for contracting services were negative given the many daunting stories shared with us by friends. Darwin blew them away with class, integrity and quality.
A few problems arose during our renovation that caused some concern. Each time Darwin helped us navigate through the problem. First our cabinets arrived to our former address. He took 2 men with him and his truck to help move our cabinets to our new location (the truck wasn't expected to be necessary, but he drove down after we ran into problems without question). We had problems with both the wiring and the plumbing that Darwin solved without concerning us with the details. Because I asked, he added 5 amps to our electrical and reviewed and unclogged our plumbing. This caused an issue with our building / Super, which Darwin handled again without concerning me.
Darwin was friendly and responsive. He checked our project daily. We would send him comments most evenings and he would always respond that he can handle any change or addition - "no problem."