We believe everyone should be able to renovate successfully.


Our Solution

At Bolster, we believe every homeowner should be able to renovate their home on time and on budget. That’s why we’re building a smarter way to do major home renovations. Equipped with the best architects and builders, a new process and harnessing the power of data, we are building the first platform capable of delivering home renovation projects on time and on budget - every single time.  Learn more


 

Currently operating at 98.7% on time, 99.3% on budget


Our Customers

Bolster is the smart choice for busy professionals and families in New York City doing a major home renovation project with a budget of somewhere between $100k and $2m. Currently we service Manhattan and Brooklyn and some surrounding areas. Our customers include executives from Google, HSBC, NFP and top hedge funds in NYC. Meet our customers


Smallest Project

$130K

(as of Jan 17)

Largest Project

$1.5M

(as of Jan 17)

Average Project

$483K

(as of Jan 17)

 

Our Story

Bolster was founded by Fraser Patterson and Anna Karp. When he was sixteen years old, Fraser was a carpenter's apprentice in Edinburgh. Witnessing a renovation nightmare firsthand, he began to think about how the home renovation process was broken.....and needed to be fixed. 

20 years later, and equipped with an education in pure mathematics and physics and hands-on experience as a carpenter, general contractor, educator, entrepreneur and executive in the renovation and construction industries, Fraser, along with his co-founder Anna, developed a solution to make the remodeling process easier.

In 2009, their solution beat The Home Depot and other big corporations in a competition held by the Mexican Government. The competition was an effort to make the remodeling process in Mexico less risky so the nation's largest mortgage lender could begin offering home improvement loans. Today, their startup, OnisVida, has delivered thousands of projects all across Mexico in partnership with the country's leading banks.

In 2013, Fraser and Anna moved to the U.S. to launch Bolster.


Our Partners

  • The American Institute of Architects, founded in 1857, is the professional organization for 81,000 licensed architects and associated professionals in America. Bolster is the first Discovery Partner of the AIA.
  • NFP Property & Casualty Services has been evaluating contractor’s ability to perform on construction projects for decades and their parent company National Financial Partners has been listed on the NYSE since 2003.
  • Cap Specialty specializes in underwriting the performance of contractors. Their parent company Alleghany Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE. Capitol has an A (“Excellent”) rating from the A.M. Best Corporation.

Our investors

Bolster is backed by an experienced and diverse group of investors that include venture funds, executives from the investment, banking and insurance industries, a $650MM revenue law firm and a consortium of angel investors.