98.7% On Time, 99.3% On Budget, 100% Smarter.
Bolster's soup to nuts renovation platform gives you all the professionals, advice and budgeting tools you need to do a major home renovation in the most time and cost-efficient way* possible.
* patent pending
Why You'll Love Renovating With Bolster
As well as the peace of mind that comes from a 98.7% On-Time and 99.3% On-Budget track record, you'll benefit from:
Proven Architects & General Contractors
Bolster professionals are the most thoroughly vetted and trained architects and general contractors in the U.S. and are New York City's foremost specialists in major home renovation projects over $150K.
✔ Network of high-end architects
✔ Financially Guaranteed contractors
✔ Outstanding track records
Complete Control of Your Budget
Homeowners rarely understand the true cost of their project in advance and frequently go over budget. Bolster's Cost Estimates give you total control over your budget from the get go.
✔ Reliable cost info before you spend on design
✔ Actionable cost info as you spend on design
✔ 98% accurate
Savings & Efficiency From Start to Finish
Bolster projects are consistently delivered faster and more cost-efficiently than traditional renovation projects.
✔ 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
Bolster makes managing your renovation easy: from proposals and contracts to change orders and invoices, Bolster keeps all of your project's information up-to-date and at your fingertips.
✔ Standardized design and build agreements
✔ Breakdown of all tasks, deliverables and fees
✔ Progress payments made easy
✔ All invoices and change orders
✔ Complete record of all activities
Financially Guaranteed Performances
Bids from a Bolster Contractor are eligible to be backed by an 8-billion dollar leading insurer who financially guarantee your project is delivered on schedule, to quality and never goes over budget.
✔ Workmanship warranty
✔ Compliance with all laws
✔ On Time Completion Guarantee
✔ On Budget Completion Guarantee
Expert Support Staff
Bolster's team of design, build and business professionals at HQ support you and your project every step of the way to ensure you're set up for success and enjoy your renovation experience.
✔ Single point of contact
✔ Dedicated 24 / 7
✔ Impartial advice for every stage
The Smart Choice
From sophisticated homeowners to high-end architects, those in the know choose Bolster
"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
Frequently Asked Questions
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 are amazed"
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