High-End Manhattan Renovation Guide

Written by Colleen Barry-Sleicher

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All contracts for home improvement in NYC must includerepparttar address and phone number ofrepparttar 100133 contractor,repparttar 100134 contractor and salesman license numbers, estimated dates whenrepparttar 100135 work will start and be substantially complete, description types of material, a notice that all monies received will be deposited inrepparttar 100136 contractors account and be used for no other propose than to provide payments as stated inrepparttar 100137 contract, a schedule of progress payments showingrepparttar 100138 amount or each payment andrepparttar 100139 application of that payment in some relationship torepparttar 100140 progress of project completion or materials to be purchased, all limitations, representations and warranty, a statement and insurance certificate .


Contractors will give a schedule ofrepparttar 100141 work to be performed. Building guidelines can have a great affect onrepparttar 100142 project timeline. Overrepparttar 100143 course ofrepparttar 100144 job many man-hours are lost just getting in and out of a building. Building Hours are often 9AM-4:00 or 4:30. Building may have restrictions onrepparttar 100145 amount of time any job can last. There may be restrictions onrepparttar 100146 service elevator usage or water shut off times and planning. Buildings are careful concerning site protection. Good contractors take extra steps to protectrepparttar 100147 building andrepparttar 100148 clients living space. Site Protection includes protecting existing floors and dust control with exhaust fans for example. .

Projects are divided into two phases. The first phase includesrepparttar 100149 behindrepparttar 100150 scenes construction includingrepparttar 100151 walls, floors, ceilings and everything that is behind these surfaces. The second phase isrepparttar 100152 “Finish Work”, which isrepparttar 100153 woodworking, cabinetry, final skim coat, marble tile and moldings. A majority of work will be behindrepparttar 100154 scenes. The first phase is oftenrepparttar 100155 most costly and time consuming. As mentioned earlier planning is very important. Many rooms are defined by any changes including wall locations, plumbing and water supply locations, electrical requirements and HVAC installation.

Sample Renovation Project Tasks:

  •   Demolition and debris removal. Many contractors often have their own employees take care of demolition to insure quality.
  •   Inspect for any leaks or damage behind walls, tiled areas, floors, etc.
  •   Repair and prep behindrepparttar 100156 scenes areas with any needed protective installation or sealants.
  •   Plumbing and electrical installation.
  •   Electrical Riser Work.
  •   Cutting through existing wall for design changes.
  •   Framing of new walls, partitions, etc.
  •   Complete walls
  •   Smooth and Level floors, walls and ceilings for cabinetry, vanities, tiling, wood floor installation etc.
  •   Install new floor areas.
  •   Complete ceiling changes.
  •   Complete tiling
  •   Install appropriate fixtures such as tub.
  •   Complete doorway framing and interior window frames
  •   Complete surface electrical work such as ceilings lights, lights with cabinetry, etc.
  •   Install cabinetry, appliances, vanities, counter tops, etc.
  •   Complete surface flooring
  •   Complete fixture installation
  •   Complete crown-molding, millwork, trim work, woodworking and carpentry.
  •   Final plaster skim coat
  •   Floor protection and painting
  •   Complete Painting
  •    Faux Finish, wallpaper, murals if needed
  • Keeprepparttar 100157 following points in mind during a renovation:

  •   The finish items will affectrepparttar 100158 wayrepparttar 100159 rough plumbing and electrical work will proceed
  •   Walls cannot be closed untilrepparttar 100160 inspection is performed.
  •   Projects cannot be rushed such as painting and come out correctly.
  •   Changes, deletions, additions, client approval and any missing specifications or items will cause delays inrepparttar 100161 job completion date.
  •   Contractors do not look forward to changes and additions, they have schedules and other projects they want to move forward on.
  •   Job site meetings usually produce some modifications or changes.
  •   There will usually be some minor changes that will result in added costs.
  •   There is always a ripple affect on any contractor's job schedule when poor planning takes over.

    Colleen Barry-Sleicher, CEO and Founder Manhattan Home Improvement Referral, cbs@manhattanhome.org

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    Decorating Frugally

    Written by Rachel Paul

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    To go in for a really coordinated design scheme, you can userepparttar same effects you used onrepparttar 100132 walls ofrepparttar 100133 room onrepparttar 100134 furniture or other accessories inrepparttar 100135 room. For example, if your kitchen walls haverepparttar 100136 leaf design, then you can userepparttar 100137 same design onrepparttar 100138 cupboards, tabletops, and refrigerator door and bread box too! I hope that was a fun set of frugal ideas to spruce up your walls this summer. But before you rush off to start, make a note ofrepparttar 100139 following tips too: 1.Make surerepparttar 100140 surface to be decorated is clean and dry. 2.Keep your supplies [sponge, paint, rags, scraps of paper or tissue, stencils, vegetables or fruits etc] on an old newspaper so you don’t have a messy floor to contend with atrepparttar 100141 end of your project. 3.Use acrylic craft paint instead ofrepparttar 100142 oil based stencil paint because it is brighter and easier to clean. Now that just reminds me, there are a whole lot of people staying in rented homes who aren’t allowed to paint their walls! Guess what? You can still decorate with any design you want! Here’s what you do: Using any ofrepparttar 100143 tips given above, paint, stencil or block-printrepparttar 100144 designs you want on cheap sheets or old bed sheets. Make sure you use good quality fabric paint.

    Let it dry thoroughly. Then cut out these designs and soak them in a solution of liquid starch and water [2 tsp starch to one cup water]. Now place them onrepparttar 100145 walls wherever you want. They can be peeled off easily when you get tired of them or when it’s time to move!

    Rachel Paul is a busy at-home mom and an avid interior decorator who loves to find genuinely innovative ways to perk up her home in the few free moments she finds between caring for her family and pursuing home study writing courses as well. She can be contacted at: rpaul197@yahoo.com.

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