Featured Case Studies
Hear from our NYC homeowners about their partnership with Bolster.
Eric & Allie's UWS Combo
Eric and Allie are a professional couple with a growing family who wanted to gut-renovate and combine two adjacent apartments in Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Why renovate? We are a growing family in desperate need of more space, hence the decision to combine apartments.
Project goals: We really wanted a sophisticated apartment that feels more like a home than a normal NYC apartment while also being kids friendly and functional.
Biggest concern before renovating: Number one was overruns (on both project timing and costs) and secondly the quality of work itself.
Biggest challenge: A potential redesign after demolition work because of the location of an invisible gas riser (even the building itself didn't know it was there).
Best bit of advice: Go with your gut. If something doesn't feel right or sound right ask the question and keep open lines of communication with your team. The more you are in constant contact the better everyone is at resolving issues or avoiding them completely.
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan
Size: 1,970 Sq. Ft.
Type: Mid century co-op
Rooms: 4 bed, 3 bath
Budget Range: $750K to $1M
Scope: Combination and gut renovation of two one-bedroom apartments and a studio apartment. The single renovated apartment has a state of the art kitchen, a level 5 quality finish and custom millwork throughout.
Duration: 26 weeks
Kat & Adam's Cobble Hill Reno
Adam and Kat Braim are a young professional couple who wanted to gut-renovate their newly purchased Cobble Hill home before settling in.
Why renovate? We chose to renovate because we were in the process of buying, and quickly realized we would never be able to get exactly what we wanted either with new construction, or a newly renovated for-sale apartment.
Project goals: Our goals of this project were to make our apartment a home. We wanted to add the details that we've seen in other homes we've liked and to highlight the original character of the apartment, but add updates to bring it to the 21st century. At the same time, we wanted to add details that would stand the test of time to appeal to other buyers at some point down the road.
Biggest concern before renovating: Our biggest concern going into the project was not knowing how we could possibly get to the end result. Not having done anything like this in the past, we were assured by the Bolster team that we would get to the promised end result in the most efficient way possible. We did.
Biggest challenge: The biggest challenge we faced during renovation was dealing with the NYC Department of Buildings. At the end of the day, having the Bolster team on our side ultimately eased our nerves and got us through partial unscathed. Now having the experience of dealing with the D.O.B., we know the challenges in front of us if and when we choose to do a renovation in the future.
Biggest indulgence: Our biggest indulgence was the entire project! We first started off wanting to add a second bathroom and that turned into doing mostly everything else in the entire apartment! To pick just one thing, I'd say we indulged a bit on the bathroom tile. It is a timeless choice that is extremely elegant and each guest we've had over has fallen in love with our bathrooms.
Best bit of advice: The best bit of advice we received during the project was to trust the process. This may seem crazy with New York City renovations, but the Bolster team has a tried and true model that we bought into and completely trusted. This advice proved to be perfect, as we trusted the process and got more than we had ever imagined as a result.
Location: Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Size: 1,200 Sq. Ft.
Property: Turn-of-the century limestone co-op
Rooms: 2 bed, 1.5 bath
Scope: Renovating two bathrooms, installing new flooring and producing some truly incredible custom carpentry
Duration: 12 weeks
Yoko & Christian's Brooklyn Brownstone
Renovating an entire brownstone can feel like a lot all at once (not to mention a huge investment), so Yoko and Christian took it in stages. While remaining budget conscious, the they decided to begin by renovating the first floor parlor of their entire 120-year-old brownstone. The gut renovation included creating a new kitchen and bathroom, replacing windows and doors, and making structural changes and upgrades.
Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Size: 1,200 Sq. Ft.
Type: Brownstone parlor
Rooms: 0 bed, 1 bath
Budget Range: $250k-$300k
Scope: Gut renovation of the parlor floor of a historic brownstone.
Duration: 17 weeks
Margaret's Upper West Side Co-Op
After living in her Upper West co-op for fifteen years, Margaret realized it was time for an upgrade. Understanding that she envisioned herself in her beloved apartment for many years to come, Margaret knew that, despite the space seeming "okay" from afar, the place needed a facelift. Margaret opted for an entire gut renovation and treated herself to modern, high-end finishes like marble tiles and custom cabinetry.
Location: Upper West Side, New York
Size: 1,000 Sq. Ft.
Type: Upper West Side co-op
Rooms: 2 bed, 2 bath
Budget Range: $300k to $500k
Scope: Gut renovation of a two bedroom, two bath Upper West Side co-op with custom cabinetry and luxury finishes.
Duration: 44 weeks