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New York contracting is all about space: where to find it, who has it, and how much it’s going to cost. So it’s no surprise that New York contracting comes with the struggle to find a skilled contractor who has worked on small spaces and has the craft to bring a sense of spaciousness to them. Below you’ll find a list of 15 of the best of New York kitchen contractors. Several of these firms have worked on New York’s finest buildings and residences.
They were chosen based on their level of expertise, the extent of their previous experience, their most notable projects, and their ability to bring the most out of the space available. Design-build firms are common on this list, as are companies with their very own showrooms. There are also a few who stand out with their very own unique processes and streamlined approaches.
15) Gaudioso Contracting
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Best known for its interior designs and renovations, Gaudioso Contracting has over two decades of industry experience and offers a full range of remodeling services. It handles every facet of a project from architectural plans and designs to construction and fixture installation. The firm provides turnkey solutions and every necessary step to keep the entire process in-house so that clients will not need to hire multiple contractors. Gaudioso also provides professional cleaning services after each project, as well as alteration packages for any last minute changes a homeowner may want. It has been extending all these services throughout New York since 2005 and is comprised of a team of licensed and insured professionals who are well-versed in the state’s standards for remodeling.
Upon first contact, the firm schedules a complimentary consultation to establish a client’s goals. After this meeting, the firm provides a detailed proposal complete with CAD sketches and suggested products its team believes would be the best fit for a particular kitchen. The firm’s work has landed received press attention from the likes of Architectural Digest and the DIY Network’s “Rescue My Renovation.”
14) Artline Kitchen & Bath
840 Banta Place, Ridgefield, NJ 07657
Artline Kitchen & Bath offers a “one-stop shop” array of services and a team comprised of its very own in-house kitchen designers and installation who are experts in Manhattan’s complex service-oriented network. The Artline team assists each of the firm’s clients throughout the design and remodeling process, providing custom solutions that suit a client’s taste and budget. The firm provides an extensive variety of semi-custom and custom cabinetry as well as countertops, flooring, appliances, and fixtures. Artline also employs several sustainability practices to ensure an environmentally friendly result. It comes as no surprise that a large percentage of the firm’s clientele stems from referrals from previous clients.
The firm is affiliated with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), a leading industry organization with over 40,000 members. The firm’s mission entails the education of its members and the betterment of the industry itself. As for the firm’s designs, Artline mostly employs modern and contemporary architecture, as seen in the chosen project. For this kitchen, the firm used clean lines and minimalist fixtures. It also opted for a generous use of whites.
13) Klein Kitchen and Bath
1504 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10075
Klein Kitchen and Bath specializes in all branches of interior remodeling and is an expert in house and apartment renovations. The firm caters to the high demands that come with Manhattan home remodels through its unique three-step process specifically streamlined for these high-pressure kitchen remodels. Given the challenge of small spaces that often come with homes in New York City, its team takes pride in its ability to make kitchens feel larger. After extensive consultation, the firm provides full mock-up renderings of its proposal which displays every design element from fixtures, appliances, and cabinetry. The firm also assists with budgeting and sourcing materials, and maintains an entirely in-house operation; it works with only one team from start to finish and a project manager to handles all communication and cost management work. This streamlined approach saves clients the time and hassle of having to hire subcontractors.
In terms of design, the firm draws inspiration from the city itself. Its designers look to several of the city’s most classic buildings and take the time to stay updated with the area’s ever-changing street culture. The pictured project best showcases the firm’s work. For this kitchen, Klein removed the walls separating it from the living area to achieve an open space design and created larger countertops for meal preparation. The firm also expanded the kitchen island for more seating capacity.
12) Purewal Contractors
116 – 14 95 Ave., S Richmond Hill, NY 11419
Extending its services throughout the Five Boroughs and Long Island, Purewal Contractors offers premier kitchen and bathroom remodeling services and over two decades of experience. It is manned by a team of acclaimed experts and designers, all of whom have a minimum experience of 12 years in the industry, and it has completed over 3,000 projects since its inception. From countertop replacements to electrical and fixture work, the firm is able to take on projects of varying sizes. The firm also prioritizes completing projects quickly and on budget, which it is able to achieve through preparing for any remeasurements or recalculations. Having solidified relationships and connections throughout the area, it is able to secure permits quickly which helps its team deliver on tight deadlines. Typically, the firm only takes around a week to complete a bathroom renovation and just two weeks for kitchens.
The firm mostly designs in modern and transitional spaces. Its work is often characterized by its granite countertops and distinct cabinetry, which can be seen in the following project. With this space, it opted for classic raised paneled cabinetry and a neutral color palette. It also showcased its excellent backsplash and tile work.
11) AJC Renovations
125 Swinnerton St., Staten Island, NY 10307
Headquartered in Staten Island, AJC Renovations specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels as well as complete remodeling projects. It serves the entire Tri-State area and has secured a solid reputation for itself as one of Staten Island’s top-rated contractors. Manned by a team of in-house designers, architects, and builders, it has experience transforming formerly traditional kitchens into state-of-the-art spaces. Its portfolio showcases a wide array of designs ranging from traditional and European to contemporary and art deco themed. The firm has worked on several challenging and unique kitchens and has been recognized for that excellent work. Most recently, it was recognized with an Annual Building Award from the Staten Island State of Commerce for its designs and construction.
The featured project is an example of its transitional work. For this space, AJC borrowed several classic European elements as can be seen in the chandeliers and detailed finishes.
10) Teoria Interiors
1209 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030
Established in 2003, Teoria Interiors specializes in full interior remodels and is known for its high-end Italian brands and custom furnishing. It represents multiple Italian manufacturers from the Venetian region of Italy and mostly provides work for residential and hospitality projects. With the aid of its talented in-house designers and architects, it oversees every phase of a remodel and guarantees only the best outcome. That expertise has caught the eye of several prominent architects and the firm has built some of the area’s most luxurious multi-family structures and private residences. From intricate finishes and millwork to fine and pristine custom cabinetry, Teoria has proven itself to be proficient in several aspects of architecture. It offers its clients a wide list of excellent products which encompass fixtures, sinks, and hardware.
The firm’s portfolio displays an infusion of exemplary European architecture and contemporary American designs. The following project features its Victorian work. For this kitchen, it installed chandeliers and a detailed and expansive kitchen island. It also went a step further and crafted intricate finishes on the ceilings to match the custom trimmings on the cabinetry.
9) West Village General Contracting
454 W 50th St. #3R, New York, NY 10019
West Village Contracting specializes in residential and commercial interiors and has worked on over 400 projects since its establishment in 2001. It has connections to some of the area’s best contractors, architects, and designers including David Scott Interiors, Fox Nahem and Kelly Behun.
Its team uses an enhanced version of the design-build approach, which brings construction and design together. This enables the firm to clearly set clients’ expectations and to carefully choose only the finest materials for each of its projects. West Village prioritizes building a skilled and able team for each project to achieve what its founder and principal calls the “Luxury Build Method.” With the lofty prices that often come with renovating in New York and the added challenge of having to work in very limited spaces, the firm’s principal, James Mansfield, came up with the idea of creating this original and specific approach to cater to every facet of high-end renovation in Manhattan. The firm addresses the unique challenges of building in Manhattan, considering specific issues like working in limited spaces, achieving intricate designs without exceeding a set budget, and delivering the finest possible product on time.
The following photo was taken from a project in New York’s world famous Flatiron district. This Scandinavian-inspired space was for a client who wanted a home that would be a perfect showcase for his art. The firm’s team opted for clean lines and a generous use of whites, incorporating industrial-inspired elements as well.
8) St. Charles of New York
Architects & Designers Bldg., 150 E 58th St. #804, New York, NY 10155
Comprised of a team of 15 talented professionals, St. Charles of New York is an award-winning, world-renowned firm known for its luxurious and excellent interiors. It works on every project from start to finish and does not limit itself to kitchens and bathrooms; it has also built and remodeled extravagant dens, libraries, and several other specialty rooms. It has completed renovation and construction for some of Manhattan’s finest homes and apartment buildings. Its portfolio is a culmination of impressive spaces built for numerous high-profile businessmen, celebrities, chefs, and media executives. As a further testament to its excellence, 85% of its list of clientele stems from direct referrals as well as repeat business.
The firm has its own showroom headquartered at the Architects & Designers Building in Manhattan, where clients can get a firsthand glimpse of its breathtaking work. Although based in New York, its craft has enabled it to work on projects outside the state and even the country. Its work has landed on the pages of numerous publications as well. These include ELLE Decor, Luxe, and Kitchen & Bath Design News.
8 W 25th St., New York, NY 10010
NYKB is a premier, full-service home contractor based in Manhattan that extends its services throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Long Island, and New Jersey. The firm has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has worked on nearly 2,000 homes. Manned by a highly-accomplished and lauded team of interior designers and contractors, the firm provides a wide range of services, including kitchen and bathroom remodeling, custom countertops and cabinetry, smart home renovations, and whole-house renovations. The firm specializes in renovating complete homes, such as apartments and townhouses, and prides itself on its precise and diverse designs, which range from lustrous marble countertops to rustic brick finishes.
The following project best embodies the firm’s expertise. For this kitchen, the firm made use of a contemporary theme and emphasized clean lines, neutral tones, and unique fixtures. It also installed a kitchen island to match its granite countertops.
6) MyHome Design & Remodeling
353 W 48th St., New York, NY 10036
MyHome is a full-service kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm with its own team of in-house designers and contractors. The firm handles both the design and construction phases of a remodel, and, unlike many firms, it offers a five-year warranty for all of its projects. The firm’s team guides each of its clients throughout the entire process from obtaining permits to construction and provides state-of-the-art cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures through its Midtown Manhattan showroom. The firm is led by Yoel Piotraut who co-founded the firm in 2001 after moving to the United States. He has over a decade of industry experience and personally oversees each of the firm’s projects.
The firm’s work is often characterized by its sleek cabinetry and minimalist design. Note the pictured kitchen: it made use of small and unique light fixtures and maximized the space by locating the cabinetry to one side. The firm also installed several unique storage areas, as you can see in the small bookshelf on the farther right end of the room.
5) RAJ Kitchen and Bath
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Located in Westchester, RAJ is best known for a kitchen remodeling process that seamlessly blends a new space with a home’s original style. That apparent effortlessness is achieved through better understanding a client’s needs in addition to learning a home’s history. From there, its team devises ways to come up with a unique concept perfect for both the kitchen at hand and the overall space. The firm has worked on projects of varying sizes and provides clients with a wide range of products for cabinetry, countertops, and almost every other kitchen essential. It also remodels and constructs in an extensive range of designs which include transitional, contemporary, traditional, and rustic-inspired kitchens. The firm has been recognized several times in the industry by both the industry press and through awards. Most notably it was the recipient of the 2016 Best Kitchen Design in Westchester. Its work has also been featured in Westchester Magazine.
In the kitchen below, note the excellent woodwork in the exposed beams and custom cabinetry. The RAJ team drew inspiration from traditional farmhouse elements, as you can see in the custom kitchen island. Further, it added a touch of contemporary appeal via seamlessly incorporated appliances and industrial flooring.
4) INS Contractors
2548 W 13 St., Brooklyn, NY 11223
Working with some of the area’s renowned architects and designers, INS Contractors has consistently been building and renovating some of New York City’s most beautiful residential properties. It is known for its excellent management support and interior renovations, as well as its team of leading industry experts. Having established several vital relationships in the field, the firm works with talented craftsmen and fabricators for its custom millwork and specialty services, keeping its work strikingly unique. The firm divides its services into three categories: pre-construction, construction, and post-construction. Each of these phases takes care of detailed cost analyses, coordination between subcontractors, and inspections.
Its last stage, the post-construction services, features a specialized after construction department which the firm created for the sole purpose of preparing personalized project manuals for its clients. These manuals contain necessary information clients need to know about the upkeep of their new space. Given these unique and outstanding services, it comes as no surprise that the firm has received attention from the press. It has been featured in ELLE Decor, the New York Times, and House Beautiful. It is also affiliated with several organizations like the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Interior Designers.
3) Knockout Renovation
810 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10017
Founded in 1992, Knockout Renovation is a multi-award winning firm that has completed thousands of projects throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Its work has been featured on television, most notably on CBS, Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” and the Rachael Ray Show. As for its distinctions, it was most recently found itself in possession of a Chrysalis Award, and it was named as one of Remodeling Magazine and Qualified Remodeling Magazine’s leading firms in the nation. Best known for its full range of remodeling services and design aesthetics, the firm provides consultations, permit processing, and even product selection. One of its most noteworthy services is its innovative progress invoicing, which took the firm nearly two decades to perfect. With this process, clients settle their payments with Knockout only after a project is completed rather than months before, with the exception of the initial labor and products deposit.
Having established relationships with some of the area’s leading kitchen product providers, Knockout also offers its clients an extensive array of high-end cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and several other fixtures. These comprehensive product options aid in the firm’s strong designs and functionality. Its portfolio showcases an extensive array of transitional and traditional inspired spaces, often characterized by the firm’s excellent woodwork and finishes.
2) Paula McDonald Design Build
W 20th St. 7th Flr. Suite #706, New York, NY 10011
Paula McDonald Design Build anchors its design and construction philosophy in simplicity and functionality. The firm is led by its namesake Paula, an experienced designer with an extensive background in fine arts. Together with her skilled team, she has provided a streamlined approach to normally complex and challenging renovations. With over two decades of experience, the firm’s team has worked on everything from lobbies to extravagant master bathrooms; they specialize in complete apartment transformations. The firm is also an expert in working around New York residences’ often cramped spaces. To further bolster its design knowledge, the firm aligns itself with organizations like the NKBA and the American Society of Interior Designers. A proud recipient of the National Master Design for Remodeling Award, the firm has been distinguished numerous times for its architecture and renovations.
It has also been featured several times in Remodeler Magazine and Qualified Remodeler. Its portfolio provides insight into a gallery of modern transitional kitchens. We are particularly impressed with this kitchen, where the firm made use of an open floor concept and emphasized clean lines. The firm added hints of earthy tones to give it pops of color, along with an installation of sleek contemporary cabinetry kept off to one side of the room so as to make it appear larger than it actually is.
1) Alure Home Improvements
1999 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
With over seven decades of experience, Alure Home Improvements has transformed aged and outdated kitchens into wonderful custom spaces with state-of-the-art features. The firm is perhaps best known for its highly convenient and unique Extreme 10-Day Kitchen program perfect for clients hoping for a quick and easy renovation in Long Island. These quick results are achieved through the firm handling every facet of a remodel from material selection and design to construction without the expense of having to move walls, windows, or the electrical components of a space. Clients looking for a grander scale renovation, however, can look to the firm’s custom kitchen services. Potential clients can also check out some of the firm’s work firsthand at its showroom, the most extensive kitchen design showroom on Long Island.
The firm provides full-size displays of several of the firm’s most notable projects, in addition to numerous catalogs and product selections. The firm has been recognized with both press attention and awards throughout its years in the industry. From multiple Contractor of the Year awards to National Association of the Remodeling Industry recognition to features in Forbes and Qualified Remodeler: it’s quite evident that the firm also has an excellent command of a wide variety of designs. It is most notably skilled in crafting European and traditional inspired spaces.
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