** Updated January 11th, 2023. Originally posted June 24th, 2022.
Are you in the process of planning a remodel in New York City? If so, you’re probably looking for inspiration and information on what you need to do to make sure your project goes as smoothly as possible. Well, you’ve come to the right place. We compiled and revised our list of tips and pointers on how to approach a remodel in or around New York City.
Of course, NYC and it’s burrows are packed with an epic level of cultural and architectural inspiration. The difficulties also being that it is such a densely packed area that those architectural and interior design elements get tremendously overwhelming without reputable guidance to point you in the right direction.
They might lean a bit more upscale than a lot of folks are looking for, but TrendBook published a solid 2023 Design Forecast for NYC. What they certainly have right are the color trends and highlighting loft renovations. No matter which of the burrows you’re in, converting and renovating lofts are beyond common. As a result, finding inspiration and guidance Loft Reno in any of the burrows covers nearly a third of your needs. For the remaining, smaller apartments we’ve compiled several tips on how to approach your NYC Kitchen Remodel.
5 NYC Remodel Design Tips
Remove Interior Walls
Removing interior partition walls can be one of the best ways to transform your apartment. You can remove one wall and create a larger living room or kitchen, which will add usable square footage and change the way traffic flows through your home. Removing part of or a whole wall, even if it’s not load-bearing, is not a DIY task but IS a way to make the design your own. Your Architect/Engineer or General Contractor will be able help you determine the best way to do this.
Open Living Space
To say cost per square foot in NYC is a little astronomical is a reasonable claim, which is why making every square foot count makes economic sense. And, from a design perspective minimizing interior walls creates open spaces that invite air circulation and natural lighting. When a New York homeowner is limited on square footage it can make sense to opt for an open floor plan for the main living area. Re-situating and redesigning your living room and dining area, being more deliberate about the separation between these areas, can open up and brighten your home on a whole new level.
Open Up The Kitchen
Kitchen design plays such an integral role when renovating any home; having a well thought out layout will create not just visual appeal but utility. For those reasons a steady trend we see are Kitchens constantly getting larger and more open. Because that’s not as easy to do in NYC, a growing trend there is to make one large space that can be used for cooking, dining and relaxation. The culmination of form and culture amidst the unique limitations of New York makes for some of the most spectacularly innovative interior designs.
Replace or Restore It
If you’re doing a remodel in New York City there is a good chance you will be asking yourself: Should I restore or replace this? The Five Boroughs have so much history and character imprinted on it’s architecture, regardless of how pricy the buildings are, it can be difficult to know what to restore or replace. While there are many deciding factors, our designers would usually recommend that you restore whatever you can. There is so much brick and woodworking that define and highlight that NYC aesthetic that we recommend you look to preserve any elements that will blend with your color palette and other design ideas. the character of your home.
In the case of restoring old floors, it is important to find a matching material that doesn’t stand out. When working on a renovation project one of our Design Partners was able use reclaimed wood for their client’s Brooklyn townhouse where he wanted the original surface intact but needed new boards installed due to water damage and high traffic wear. To properly match the flooring they reclaimed wood from another part of the house that had been installed around the same time and the end result was a perfect match.
Expanding on the previous point, you should assess all existing characteristics. Unique or architecturally significant aspects may need to be exposed in order for them stand out and make an impactful statement about your home. Whatever style reflects best with other features throughout each room will likely change how people perceive their home after upgrading certain amenities!
Built In Storage
Some homes in NYC can be small. Like, not just not very large but really very small. If the square footage you’re working with is limited we highly recommend you and your designer put thought into installing built in storage wherever you can. The doors and drawers within drawers, slide outs, and other more sophisticated options can actually add space that would otherwise be walled off. Because of their warranties, reliability, quality, and customizability, we always encourage people to buy IKEA cabinet boxes and go from there. You’re not at all limited to the finishes IKEA has – it’s easy to match the design and color scheme of your remodel using custom fronts for IKEA cabinet boxes.
2 NYC Construction Project Considerations
Acclimate Wood For New Floors
You must take care when installing new flooring to make sure that it is properly acclimated. New York City has especially brutal weather in both the Summer and Winter. Due to the fact that wood expands and contracts based on its environment, before you install your floors make sure they have had time to adjust by spreading out planks of wood across a room or other area where weather conditions will match what’s expected once installed in the home. This helps avoid problems like gaps caused from boards warping because there was not enough humidity present wherever the wood was milled and stored.
Wood is a natural material that has been used for centuries in the construction of homes. It’s important to acclimate wood before installing it as an accent or flooring inside your new home. This will help to avoid having popping boards or gaps created from the boards expanding and contracting after temperature and humidity changes.
Allow your lumber a minimum of 3 days to adjust to the conditions of the environment where you’re installing it. Additionally, make sure the installation is being done at around the same temperature and humidity the home will normally be at. In other words, make sure your climate control is running during and after the acclimation period.
Order Your IKEA Kitchen & Custom Doors Early
As soon as you’ve decided on the tones, shades, and textures of your design and know the exact measurements of your available Kitchen space, we recommend you and/or your Interior Design team get to work with your IKEA Planner. Once you’ve designed and ordered your IKEA Sektion, Pax, and Besta cabinet boxes, send us a copy of your IKEA Planner, Item List, and 3D renderings.
Not only do we have a designer curated selection of over 70 door profiles, we provide nearly unlimited finish options to customize your IKEA cabinets. And, we don’t just do custom IKEA Doors and Drawer Fronts, but Trim and Panels as well.
Supply Chains are still overly sluggish these days and your Kitchen Cabinets will already be a considerable expense. Shipping delays shouldn’t be allowed to further complicate your remodel project.
Written by Todd Zimmerman
Producer of the John Webbccast