Last updated on May 22nd, 2024 at 02:05 am

New York is synonymous with apartment living. One of the most diverse groups of people on the planet lives here in a wide range of units ranging from affordable apartments to luxury high rise condominiums. Renovations are commonplace, which creates a high demand for qualified contractors and construction experts. This list compiles the best firms available in one of the most exciting and sophisticated cities on the planet. The companies assembled here were chosen from a long list of firms based on their construction and design quality, the awards they have won, the certifications and accreditations they hold, their project size and history, and past client reviews.

Lower East Side Construction

457 FDR Drive, NY, NY 10002

Joseph Foti and his team of talented craftspeople have been delivering quality construction and renovation to New York City’s apartment and condo units since 1996. Lower East Side Construction does bathroom renewals, living room remodels, kitchen renovations, new floor installations, painting, tiling, custom fixtures, and more. The company’s work is prominent in the East River, Hillman, and Seward Park complexes.

The self-professed apartment renovation leader of NYC has done amazing work with the interiors of this featured bachelor pad. Lower East Side specializes in turning neglected units into high-end, luxury suites. With project manager Joseph Foti at the helm, the firm once turned a completely gutted East River apartment into a contemporary one, building a stunning modern abode from the ashes of the old unit.

Certified of N.Y. Construction

623 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Established in 1987, Certified of N.Y. Inc. is a full-service general contracting company that operates in New York City, constructing quality residential and commercial projects for its clientele. Among the firm’s repertoire are small interior renovations, restorations, major additions, and new construction. The firm has completed apartment and townhouse projects in Central Park, Tribeca, Soho, Upper Eastside, and Madison Avenue. Aside from residential work, the company also does projects in the restaurant and hotel fields.

Company owner Michael Borrico boasts an impressive $300 million-worth of finished projects. He attributes the firm’s success to two major assets: its people and its integrity. Certified Construction’s deep roster of talented employees is what makes the firm a must-hire. The company excels in delivering projects on time and within the client’s budgetary boundaries.

KJ Remodeling

261 W 35TH Street, Suite 501, New York, NY 10001

KJ Remodeling’s expertise lies in apartment renovations, especially high-end homes, around the New York area. The New York firm’s residential work includes full apartment, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling. It has finished projects in Soho, Upper East Side, Broadway, and Chelsea. Project costs range from $100,000 to $10 million.

Konrad Jankowski, who serves as the firm’s principal, delivers only top-notch renovations. Featured below is an apartment space finished by the company. The firm also works on projects in the retail, office, and commercial sectors. Cutting edge construction techniques and stylish furnishing make KJ Remodeling a contractor favorite around New York.

Prime Renovations

60 Riverside Blvd, New York, NY 10069

Prime Renovations is an architect-driven residential and commercial boutique construction firm.  They aim to blend great design with an efficient building process and a collaborative approach that always respects the design concept.  The goal is simple: they succeed when they bring inspired creations to life.

In 2000, the owner and founder, Jeff Streich, decided to combine his appreciation of great architecture and passion for craftsmanship with his background in construction management to start Prime Renovations. 150 projects later, Jeff’s attention to detail has positioned him and his firm as one of the premier residential remodeling firms in NYC. 

Working in some of NYC’s prestigious buildings, Jeff Streich and his team of trade professionals complete full gut renovations and tenant build-outs.

Nest Fine Interior Contracting

610 West 138th Suite #3, New York, NY 10031

Under the supervision of Steve Friedson and Ben Ficalora, Nest Inc- Fine Interior Contracting grew into a successful New York Firm that builds and designs apartments to its clients delight. Since its inception in 2007, the company has perfected the art of kitchen, bath, apartment, and brownstone renovation.

The firm offers kitchen, bath, and full gut renovation, design services, custom mill work, as well as retail construction and demolition. Nest Inc- Fine Interior Contracting has been previously featured in Architectural Digest in an article titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of our First Kitchen Renovation.” It is an EPA-Certified lead paint company and an esteemed member of the Building Trade Associates, partnering with licensed plumbers, electricians, expeditors, and architects with specialities in zoning and DOB building codes.

LMA Group

135 Madison Ave. 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016

Lee Manners was born into construction, spending his high school and college vacations working in his father’s steel fabrication business.  From there Lee earned degrees in architecture and interior design, ultimately running his own design practice.  Returning to his construction roots in 1993, Lee founded LMA Group Inc., one of the top luxury apartment and townhouse construction firms available to New Yorkers.  Working with top architects and designers, subcontractors and vendors, LMA Group works to create their client’s perfect home.

The interior of a Manhattan apartment combination designed by CR Studio Architects.

The firm’s expertise lies in the renovation and restoration of luxury apartments and townhouses and operates exclusively in New York City. It has completed projects on the Upper East Side, as well as in Soho, Gramercy Park, and Carnegie Hill. Aside from apartments, the firm also works on townhouses and provides maintenance and in-house millwork. The company is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

KBR Design and Build

838 6th Avenue 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

KBR Design and Build does Kitchen, bathroom, and full apartment renovation and commercial renovation. Led by the acclaimed Yosi Namani, a master builder with 25 years of construction, renovation, and design experience, the firm is an apartment construction powerhouse.

KBR Design and Build is a member of the AIA, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The EPA lead-safe certified company was among Remodeling Magazine’s Top 500 Remodelers in 2013. Notable projects of the firm include units on 22nd Street, Waverly Place, 5th Avenue, and at The Ritz.

Integrity Contracting Inc.

511 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013

Integrity Contracting Inc. (ICI), a general contractor and construction management firm, was established by Joseph Mosomillo in 1993. Mosomillo offers over 40 years of field experience to the firm. He put together a talented team of artisans and, with systematic planning, that team ensures and delivers quality construction work to its clientele.

ICI’s projects have been previously featured in Commercial Observer’s Top 10 Construction Firms of 2017. The firm’s list of services includes commercial, residential, retail, and new construction. It has completed projects in Gramercy Park, West 72nd Street, North Moore, and 11th Street. This featured project shows the team’s expert eye when it comes to construction and interior design.

Home Solutions

36 West 96th Street New York, NY 10025

Home Solutions approaches every project with the “quality never goes out of style” mindset. Excellent craftsmanship is what Jakub Pernica and his staff always aim for when it comes to residential and commercial construction work. From beautiful marble countertops to custom casings, the firm covers everything and delivers exceptional output. The company’s scope of services includes kitchen, bathroom, and interior remodeling. It also provides custom furniture, doors, and beds with storage.

Remodeling Magazine, Signature Kitchens and Baths, Home Remodeling and Makeovers have all featured Home Solutions in their pages. The company is a Chrysalis Award winner and has been ranked in Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 multiple times. Home Solutions is also a sponsor of American veterans and supports groups such as the Wounded Warrior Project, The U.S. Navy Memorial, and the American Red Cross.

Eljin Construction

366 Canal Place, Bronx, NY 10451

Luxury residential construction has been the bread and butter of Eljin Construction since its inception in 1988. Owner Denis McCarthy started the firm as a custom cabinetry and millwork shop and expanded into a contracting business as client demand increased. The company operates around the Manhattan and the Tri-State area, offering clients’ interior construction, renovation, and restoration services.

The firm has graced the pages of Vogue Living, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, New York Spaces, House Beautiful, and Arbitare Magazine. Eljin has completed apartment projects in Soho, Tribeca, as well as the East Side and the West Side. This apartment project by the firm displays a quaint yet gorgeous interior design.

INS Contractors

2548 West 13 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11223

INS Contractors is a family-run firm that operates throughout New York City. Principals Ivan Khymych and Felix Flit are laser-focused on constructing high-end apartments and luxury residences to their client base. The firm builds a strong rapport with its clientele, establishing a relationship that results in long-term patrons. The company has worked with notable designers such as David Kleinberg, Groves and Co., and Ingrao Inc.

INS Contractors have completed projects at Central Park, Tribeca, East Hampton, and on the Upper West Side. In-house millwork and excellent stone and tile work allow the firm to fully construct a client’s dream living space. The firm has been featured in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Traditional Now, and The New York Times. The beautiful living room below is just one example of what the firm can do. 

West Village GC New York

454 W 50th St #3R, New York, NY 10019

James G. Mansfield spent his childhood around contractors and construction sites. He capitalized on this familiarity by striking on his own and starting West Village General Contracting in 2001. Among its array of services are full and partial apartment remodeling, bathroom and kitchen renovation, lighting and dropped ceiling installations, and maintenance. The costs of West Village’s projects range from $50,000 up to $20 million. Aside from residential construction, the firm also completes commercial and retail projects.

The company is a member of Certified Luxury Builders (CLB) and has been a staple of the New York luxury design and build field for years. West Village’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Elle Decor, Luxe Interior + Design, Robb Report, and Time Out magazine. Luxe included the firm in one annual Luxe Gold List, which collates an index of the best architects, interior designers, and home builders every year.

Knockout Renovation

810 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Award-winning and press favorite firm Knockout Renovation does complete apartment remodeling, house interior renovations, and combining apartments. 26 years in the industry means the company has an extensive network of partners that offer clients home improvement services. These include suppliers of appliances, cabinetry, furniture, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, as well as flooring accessories. It is a member of NARI and NKBA and operates in New York, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. 

Knockout Renovation has received countless honors including a 2018 Chrysalis Award, ranking in Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 list in 2018 and 2016, and inclusion in Qualified Remodeling’s Top 500. The firm has been featured on national television, including The Rachael Ray Show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The New York Daily News, and CBS-TV. Several publications have shone a spotlight on the firm’s work including Fine Home Building Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, The New York Times, Kitchen and Bath Design Magazine, and Time Out New York Magazine.

Paula McDonald Design Build & Interiors

27 W 20th St, 7th Floor, Ste 706, New York, NY 10011

Paula McDonald’s experience in building, project management, design, and infrastructure elevated her company to its elite status. The firm’s previous projects include complete gut renovations, unit combination, and the renovation of a 100-year old apartment. The company has graced the pages of Luxe Interiors and Design, New York Spaces Magazine, Qualified Remodeler, Aspire Metro Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Home Builders Digest

Accolades received by Paula McDonald include the 24th Annual Communicator Awards, a Master Design Award in 2017, a Chrysalis Award in 2017, two Professional Remodeler Design Awards in 2014, and being named Home Builder Digest’s Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractor in NYC. It is a member of the AIA, NKBA, and the American Society of Interior Designers. The company has completed projects in West Village, Bridgehampton, and Greenwich Ave.

Duce Construction Corporation

412 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027

In 1989, Rory McCreesh established Duce Construction Corporation as a small remodeling business. What started as a New York home renovator evolved into a high-end construction enterprise with many outstanding projects in the state. The company’s work has become the symbol of luxury construction in the Big Apple, racking awards such as the New York Building Managers Association Vendor of the Year from 2017 to 2018 and in 2016.

The full-service general contractor and construction management firm has appeared in Esquire, Forbes Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Elle Magazine. Duce builds a diverse range of apartment styles from rustic interiors to mod Metropolitan settings. The company also participates in prestigious associations like the AIA, the AIA New York State, the Associated General Contractors of America, and General Buildings Contractor of New York State.

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  • Brooke Adams

    Brooke is a Deputy Editor at General Contractors with around five years of professional experience as a writer and editor in the construction and home improvement space. Her expertise covers a wide range of topics including addition construction, home remodeling, and landscape design. Brooke has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, and she also brings extensive experience as a project manager for a top construction firm, overseeing multi-million dollar projects. Additionally, she is certified in LEED and OSHA safety standards. Expertise: Addition Construction, Home Remodeling, Landscape Design Key Highlights: Over 5 years of experience writing and editing in the construction space, Deputy Editor at General Contractors Education: Syracuse University, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Certificates in Public Relations and Social Media