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What's the best way to add lights under my kitchen cabinets?

by Mayra David | 8/13/14 - 12:59 PM

Q. I live in a co-op with an old, dark kitchen, and I'd like to install lights under the cabinets to make it brighter. What exactly does this job entail? Can I do it myself or will I...

In the market for a fixer-upper? 4 must-dos before making an offer

by Fraser Patterson | 6/26/14 - 8:59 AM

When it comes to buying an apartment that needs work, there are plenty of upsides. The biggest, of course, is price, but there’s also that blissful sense of possibility. You’re buying a space...

How to get the best contractor bids for your apartment reno

by Fraser Patterson | 6/11/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I'm planning to renovate my Upper East Side apartment, and I've gotten a few referrals for contractors. The next step is to have them bid on the job, but I'm not sure how it works....

What's an expediter--and do I need one for my reno?

by Fraser Patterson | 5/29/14 - 9:59 AM

Q. I've heard that to get my renovation done, I'll need to hire an expediter. What is the expediter’s role?  And how much can I expect to pay?

Also known as "code...

Shopping for new kitchen appliances? What to know before you buy

by Fraser Patterson | 5/13/14 - 11:59 AM

Q. I'm redoing my kitchen and plan to install new appliances. What do I need to know before I buy them? Is there really a difference between the $2,000 and $10,...

Remodeling your NYC kitchen: 12 sanity-saving tips

by Fraser Patterson | 4/23/14 - 2:30 PM

Q: I'm giving my kitchen a complete makeover, and I want to live in the apartment while the work's being done. What can I do to keep my life as stress-free as possible?

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Pocket doors: Why they may work for your space and how to install them

by Fraser Patterson | 4/09/14 - 9:59 AM

Q. I'm considering installing pocket doors; what are the pros and cons? How much should I plan on spending? Do they work in any type of wall?

A. Pocket doors are a...

How can I soundproof my apartment?

by Fraser Patterson | 3/31/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I’m doing a gut renovation. While I'm at it, how do I soundproof the walls, floors and ceilings? 

A. Soundproofing is very, very tough. Tough enough that for the...

NYC Renovation Qs: Do I need to get the DOB involved in my bathroom reno?

by Fraser Patterson | 3/14/14 - 9:59 AM

Q. I’m renovating my bathroom, and I don't want to spend more than I have to. How do I know whether I have to file permits with the ...

NYC Renovation Qs: What's best for kitchen countertops?

by Fraser Patterson | 3/03/14 - 2:55 PM

Q. I’m redoing my kitchen and trying to figure out the best material for the countertops. I like the look of granite, marble, Caesarstone, Silestone, soapstone and concrete. What are the...

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