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Are you looking to renovate a brownstone in New York City? KS Renovation is ready to serve you! Best practices for renovating brownstones, combined with our expertise in both architecture and interior design, ensure that your project will receive the utmost care and attention.

Brownstone Renovation Professionals In New York City

Renovating Brownstone Properties With KS


End-To-End General Contracting Management

Our services are entirely all-inclusive. The importance of a seamless project is one of our priorities, which is why we are a full-service design and build firm—handling everything: architectural drafting, LPC filings (if applicable), submitting permits to the Department of Buildings (necessary for many types of interior and exterior work conducted in New York City brownstones) project management, interior design, custom millwork, everything.


We Are Listening.

We know how to do the best work, but only you know what’s in your head. Therefore, we have to listen to you, understand your needs, and reflect the bravest ideas into reality after everything is clear. Once everything is all set, we are not changing anything without your notice upfront, so you are getting precisely what expecting.


Communication Is Key.

There is no success without meaningful communication. When our team begins the project, we continuously update you with the latest information regarding your dream space because knowing what’s on the other end is essential. Healthy relationships build trust, which is very valuable to us.

Specific Challenges

Brownstone Renovation Challenges

The age – is a challenge itself. New York City is full of brownstones built dozens of years ago. Some have been renovated a couple of times, changing the original structure. Those factors are crucial when we are talking about the renovation. KS Renovation has strong experience dealing with old systems, making renovation genuinely safe. Seamless process of integrating your ideas and modern design into old-school buildings.


Landmark Renovations

Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) – another challenge when renovating the brownstone. The LPC must be notified so they can approve all materials and design choices and additional applications and documentation depending 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 specific situations and does the job according to standards.

Our Approach

How Does KS Approach These Challenges?

Knowledge and experience in technical matters and mastery of methods mean that we have all the certifications and expertise necessary to handle: electrical, plumbing, asbestos, and cabinetry issues that may arise. We’re also completely aware that many older New York brownstones have had intermittent work done by 3rd parties throughout the years. As a result, our professionals look for potential piecemeal jobs within the project and determine which should receive the most attention.

Additional Expertise

Balloon Framing In Brownstones

Outmoded construction methods are another brownstone challenge. Those built before the 1930s often utilize balloon framing, which means that the inner cavities of the walls are continuous from the basement right up to the roof. This type of framing is a problem for everything from moisture control to insulation to caving beams. The modern alternative is known as 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, so this is an important area to engage a firm like ours, which has the relevant experience and the know-how to explore additional ways to remedy concerns.

Custom Millwork

Brownstones Interior Design

As part of our full-scale approach, we work with you to craft the ideal interiors for your home as well. If you already have a specific aesthetic in mind, we’ll bring that to life. We own in-house millwork & cabinetry Aiming to consider not just your own personal tastes but also unique solutions that present as aesthetic factors.

Popular Styles

Brownstone Types

Interior design is not the only aesthetic consideration when it comes to Brooklyn brownstones. Our knowledge of the most common types of brownstones in the city, and what each has to offer, play a role in how we approach the renovation.

Federal: The oldest style, these typically have modest architectural details.

Greek Revival: More striking than Federal, this style takes its inspiration from classical Greek architecture.

Italianate: The quintessential NYC brownstone, this style is distinguished by tall stoops, enormous windows, and gorgeous entryways.

Gothic Revival: Inspired by Medieval architecture, this style is characterized by intricate stonework and pointed archways.

Neo Grec: A masculine take on the Italianate style, their singular feature is carved detailing directly applied onto the brownstone’s surface.

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