Everything But the Kitchen Sink Remodeling the Kitchen or Bathroom in Manhattan

Kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest, most expensive rooms in an apartment building or business - especially in Manhattan - to install, renovate or remodel. A variety of skills, trades and materials come into play; the job requires extra considerations for gas, water, and electric lines, and mistakes are costly. The kitchen, where one not only prepares food but also entertains family and company, is an especially important room that requires careful aesthetic considerations.

Whether you're an individual looking to increase the resale value of your apartment, or a board member looking for ways to attract more people to your building, great care must be taken when renovating both kitchens and bathrooms to the layout and design of the space, as well as décor, color schemes, and more. Before beginning the job, you must find the right contractor and pre-select the right materials to ensure timely and affordable completion.

The Price Is Right

Like a lot of things, kitchen or bath renovation in Manhattan is more costly than it is just about anywhere else. In fact, it's nearly impossible to install a quality galley kitchen for under $50,000, according to Colette Whitney, an interior designer and decorator specializing in kitchens and baths and the president of Whitney Interiors, Ltd. Her Manhattan-based design firm offers consultations as well as interior design and decorating services. "That's the base," she says, "and that's using middle-of-the-road cabinetry and standard appliances, like GE or Kitchenaid. It includes a licensed contractor and stone countertops. $50,000 to $60,000 is your range for a middle-of-the-road kitchen."

The price range for a high-end kitchen job, which would include cabinetry and appliances from such upscale manufacturers as Sub-Zero, Dacor, Thermador and Wolf, will cost between $80,000 and $120,000. That, Whitney says, applies to a 7-by-14 foot long galley kitchen, a Manhattan staple.

When it comes to a 5-by-7 foot bathroom, she continues, it's tough to do the job for less than $30,000. "The contractor alone will cost you $20,000," Whitney adds. "The only leeway you have is the materials. You add the price of materials to the price of the contractor. And you can't do the materials for a bathroom for less than $10,000." Most renovators, she points out, opt for high-end materials - faucets, tiles, tubs, sinks, cabinets and lighting - that pushes the cost into the $40,000 to $50,000 range.


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