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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...

NYC Renovation Qs: Should I junk my bathroom tiles or tile over the old ones?

by Fraser Patterson | 2/12/14 - 8:59 AM

Q. My bathroom floor tiles are cracked and old. What's the difference between replacing tiles completely versus tiling over existing tiles, in terms of aesthetics, functionality, price,...

NYC Renovation Qs: I'd like to install a washer-dryer that vents outside. What's involved, and how much will it cost?

by Fraser Patterson | 1/29/14 - 12:48 PM

Q. I want to replace my washer-dryer with one that vents to the outside.  What's involved and much should it cost? 

A. As much as I'm reluctant to answer a question...

NYC Renovation Questions: How much can I negotiate with my contractor?

by Fraser Patterson | 1/08/14 - 8:59 AM

Q. How open are contractors to negotiation? Does it depend on how big the job is? What's a reasonable amount to negotiate for?

A. You can safely assume that all New...

NYC Renovation Questions: Can I move a gas line?

by Tracy Kaler | 5/08/13 - 1:33 PM

Q. I want to expand my kitchen into my dining room  but there's a gas line in the way that's connected to my gas meter.  Can I move it or do I have to work around it?

 A. It...

NYC Renovation Questions: What should I ask when checking my contractor's references?

by Tracy Kaler | 4/24/13 - 8:57 AM

Q. I'm in the process of hiring a contractor for my renovations. What questions should I ask his references?

A. First off, ask each candidate for a minimum of three...

NYC Renovation Questions: Countertop problems in my kitchen -- should I fix, replace or request a discount?

by Tracy Kaler | 3/27/13 - 8:50 AM

Q. My kitchen renovation is done.  One of the problems is a less-than-perfect granite countertop, which in essence runs through the whole kitchen and pantry areas -- 35 linear feet of...