Before & After: Rachael's Custom Millwork Dining Area

Before & After: Rachael's Custom Millwork Dining Area

Tara Bellucci
Oct 5, 2015
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Brooklyn, NY
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
I bought my apartment at the end of 2012 and it needed to be completely gutted and remade. Luckily, I am an architect and have been working at a Brooklyn firm gaining experience in residential renovations since early 2011. After the main renovation, there were still some dead spaces that I knew could really benefit from a bit of custom millwork. I worked on the design and found a contractor will to do such a small project, got pricing and pulled the trigger. The big renovation was around $80,000 all in with fixtures, finishes, and the actual cost of construction. The millwork project was about $13,000 which included a new dividing wall and pocket door in the bedroom.
My makeover advice::
Renovation costs are high in NYC because so many people need to do renovation and many people have huge budgets. It's frustrating to find a contractor who will spend time on what seems like a big project to you but is really small to them. Once you make it happen, don't be afraid to ask for what you really want. Find an architect friend to do drawings for you or even an interior designer, this will make a huge difference and you will be happier in the long run.
What I love most about my new space::
The increased storage and forced organization! Putting millwork along this long empty wall helped organize the space and, in the end, it feels much bigger.
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