Are you renovating a brownstone in New York City? KS Renovation is ready to serve you! We are well-versed in the best practices for brownstone renovation. This works in tandem with our expertise in both architecture and interior design, which ensures that your project will receive the utmost care and attention.
Our services are entirely all-inclusive. We work closely with a carefully chosen group of designers and architects, and can assist our clients in finding the perfect professional collaboration. Whether you’d like us to refer you to someone we’ve worked with in the past, or if you have a dream team of your own, we are committed to making your vision come to life. The completion of a seamless project is our priority. We work closely with our chosen team of architects that will draft the project of your dreams. KS Renovation is in charge of submitting permits to the Department of Buildings (necessary for many types of interior and exterior work conducted in New York City brownstones). We work closely with our partners to complete all the necessary steps of each project we take on from project management to interior design, custom millwork, and more.
We Are Listening.
We know we do the best work, but only you know what ideal vision is on your mind. Therefore, we prioritize listening to you, understanding your needs, and executing your most innovative ideas into reality. Once everything is set, we don’t make any changes without your consultation to ensure that you are getting precisely what is expected.
Communication Is Key.
There is no success without meaningful communication. When our team begins a project, we continuously update you with the latest information regarding your dream space. It is our goal to keep you perpetually informed. Healthy relationships build trust, which is what we value.
Brownstone Renovation Challenges
Age – is a challenge itself. New York City is full of brownstones built decades ago. Some have been renovated a couple of times, causing changes to the original structure. These are crucial factors when planning and discussing your renovation. KS Renovation has extensive experience dealing with aged structures, making your choice to conduct your renovation with us a safe one. We are seamlessly familiar with the process of integrating your ideas and modern design into old-school buildings.
The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) can be another challenge when renovating a brownstone. The LPC must be notified for approval of all materials and design choices. Any additional necessary applications and documentation will depend on the project. For instance, if you want to update the windows, the LPC will probably not approve the replacements unless they preserve the historic, double-hung window style.KS Renovation is aware of these specific situations and does the job according to LPCstandards.
How Does KS Approach These Challenges?
Our knowledge and technical experience are among our main tools. Our experience and expertise can help us resolve any electrical, plumbing, asbestos, and cabinetry issues that may arise. We’re also completely aware that many older New York brownstones have had intermittent third-party work done throughout the years. Therefore, our professionals look for potential piecemeal jobs within the project and determine which should receive the most attention.
Balloon Framing In Brownstones
Outmoded construction methods are another challenge when working with brownstones. Those built before the 1930s often utilize balloon framing, which means that the inner cavities of the walls extend continuously from the basement right up to the roof. This type of framing is a problem for everything from moisture control to insulation to having beams. The modern alternative is platform framing, which adds buffers in the form of platforms at each floor within the cavity. Replacing balloon framing with platforms can be an ordeal. A firm like ours has the relevant experience and the know-how to explore additional ways to remedy concerns such as these.
Brownstones Interior Design
As part of our full-scale approach, we work with you to craft the ideal interiors you want for your home. If you already have a specific aesthetic in mind, we’ll bring that to life. KS Renovation provides in-house millwork & cabinetry and strives to consider your tastes and implement unique solutions that allow us to accomplish the aesthetic you want.
Brownstone Design & Styles
Brownstones could be renovated in a variety of different designs and styles: Federal, Italianate, Neo Grec, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Renaissance Revival, etc. Each offers a unique approach and puts to use a number of professional skills possessed by KS Renovation.
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