How long will it take?


It depends on the work load at any given moment, but generally, smaller projects are faster to design and if you're able to make decisions quickly we can have a plan in a couple of weeks. Larger renovations may require 4-6 weeks for the initial design process. 

Sometimes we will do the minimum number of drawings needed to jumpstart the approval process (which takes the most time) and then work out the design details concurrent with building review.

It may also be possible to design your renovation before you close, so that you can be ready to jump into the  approval process as soon as you own it.

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The co-op and city review processes have become onerous in all but the far reaches of the outer boroughs or the rare small co-op.

Plan on a minimum of 2-4 months for the simplest project, 6-8 months for most projects, and up to a year for more complicated jobs.

If you’re moving to a new apartment, you may need to carry two homes or consider subletting while awaiting approval of the renovation.

If your home is located within one of the city’s landmarked districts, anticipate increased filing fees and additional time for those approvals, even if you don't plan to alter the exterior of the building.


Smaller projects (a single bathroom, small kitchen, or quickie decorating facelift) will span 1-4 months of active construction. Larger renovations take 4-6 months of active construction, often followed by several additional months of decorating and finishing touches.

During construction, you may need to anticipate relocation and storage of furniture. While you may be willing to tough it out with no kitchen, there’s no way to live in a one-bathroom apartment while that room gets renovated. If you are pregnant, have young children or pets, plan on moving out to a dust-free zone.


The most common thing overlooked by first-time renovators is how long approvals will take. I often get this call: "We're closing tomorrow and want to start renovating right away so we can move in next month." It's frustrating, but in New York City, that's highly unlikely. 

Renovations are big transformative art projects that most people get to experience only once in a lifetime. Remember to enjoy the ride, not just the destination!

“You know not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for the amazing guidance you gave me with my house.” – Santos

Clare tackles every project as if it was her first with a sense of enthusiasm and wonder that is infectious. Her years of experience, coupled with her energy makes a would-be renovation slog into a fun adventure! – Cristina

“An unerring eye for color. We speak reverently of the ‘Clare colors’ that she selected.” – Steve and Blum

“You have been wonderful in providing us advice and really understanding what we needed.” – Lucie

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