98.7% On Time, 99.3% On Budget, 100% Smarter.
Bolster is a soup to nuts renovation platform built atop a powerful new process.
With Bolster, you get the best architect and general contractor for your home renovation project and together use a suite of budget & project management tools while following a time and cost-efficient process to successfully complete your project.
Why You'll Love Renovating With Bolster
Proven Architects & General Contractors
✔ Network of high-end architects
✔ Financially Guaranteed general contractors
✔ Courteous, experienced professionals
✔ Specialists in major home renovations
Complete Control of Your Budget
✔ Know the cost of your project in advance
✔ Reliable cost info before you spend on design
✔ Actionable cost info as you spend on design
✔ 98% accurate
Savings & Efficiency From Start to Finish
✔ Get a design that fits your budget
✔ Get a Final Bid that matches your design
✔ Get your project delivered on time
✔ Get your project delivered on budget
Everything In One Place
✔ Breakdown of all tasks, deliverables and fees
✔ Standardized design and build agreements
✔ Progress payments made easy
✔ All invoices and change orders
Financially Guaranteed Performances
✔ Workmanship warranty
✔ Compliance with all laws
✔ On Time Completion Guarantee
✔ On Budget Completion Guarantee
Expert Support Staff
✔ Single point of contact
✔ With you from start to finish
✔ Dedicated 24 / 7
✔ Impartial advice at every stage
It's The Smart Choice
"Bolster helped us control our costs and make smart decisions for our home." Eric & Allie Boester, Owners
"I feel supported and able to deliver great work more efficiently when I work with Bolster." Jessica Wetters, Bolster Architect
Your Questions Answered
How does Bolster make money? ...
Bolster is 100% free for owners and paid for by our member professionals. Our architects and general contractors charge their usual market rates to owners and pay Bolster a success fee from every project. This fee helps Bolster design, build and maintain our platform for professionals to win more projects and deliver them successfully. In turn, owners who renovate with Bolster save on average $59,000 for every $100,000 of budgeted cost.
Do I need a project manager? ...
No. Every Bolster project is allocated a Specialist who helps ensure your project is ushered through the Bolster Process as efficiently as possible. Bolster Architects and General Contractors have their own project managers and the quality of our professionals, resources, tools, information and process that make up our platform together avoid the need for an additional project manager.
Can I choose my own architect? ...
Yes. On design and build projects you can select a Bolster Architect or engage your own architect and we'll provide you with the most suitable Bolster General Contractor.
Do your professionals only work with Bolster? ...
No. The volume and quality of projects our profesionals deliver through Bolster coupled with the benefits of our model (e.g. an 81% win rate vs. an industry average of 25%) see them working mostly on Bolster projects however all remain free to work on their own projects.
How long have you been in business? ...
5 years. Bolster was founded in New York City by industry experts in 2012. Our professionals have since succesfully completed over $150M of home renovations.
How long will my renovation take? ...
Allow 6 to 12 months from start to finish. On design and build projects you can expect the design process to take between 3 to 6 months depending on complexity and approvals. The construction phase on Bolster projects typically ranges from 3 to 6 months depending upon the scope of work involved.
How much will my renovation cost? ...
It depends. Square footage, quality, complexity and location all play a part. In 2016 in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the min / max / average price per square foot costs to renovate with Bolster were:
Gut Renovations: $223 / $468 / $368.
Apt. Combinations: $414 / $452 / $446.
Rooftop Terraces: $253 / $533 / $381.
Luxury Kitchens: $274 / $548 / $325.
Luxury Millwork: 184 / $240 / $205.
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"When we tell our renovation story to our friends and family, they're amazed"
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