A successful project begins with an educated client.
When it comes to building, no city is more expensive or more confusing than New York City. It’s a zoo to navigate and impossible to know if you’re getting the right information. With Building In Manhattan, Contractor and Designer James Mansfield of West Village General Contracting wants to demystify the process, to make you feel like you’re sitting down with someone that’s got your back, that understands your needs, and will give you straight forward and sage advice.
Feel free to reach out and contact us here if you don’t see your questions answered in the videos below.
HOW TO START A PROJECT
What you need to know if you are starting a project in your home.
IT’S SO EXPENSIVE
Why it’s so expensive to build in Manhattan. James explains.
ARCHITECT OR DESIGNER?
The difference between an architect and a designer and which one may be right for you.
THE DOCUMENTATION PROCESS
The documentation process every homeowner must complete.
FILING WITH THE NYC DOB
The who/what/when/where/why/how of filing with the NYC Department of Buildings.
The importance of hiring an expeditor to get your project through the NYC DOB.
DESIGNER READY APARTMENTS
James talks about the influx of designer ready apartments in Manhattan.
BUILDING/MOVING A WALL
The process of building or moving a wall in your home is a complicated one.
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS 1
What to know if you are remodeling your kitchen and bathroom and staying within it’s current walls.
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS 2
What to know if you are remodeling your kitchen and bathroom and moving or enlarging it.
Learn how to save time and money by doing it the right way.
CO-OPS VS CONDOS
The difference between building in a co-op and building in a condo.
TIMING OF BIDS
It’s important to understand the timing of bids on your project.
MOVING A SPRINKLER
The process of of moving a sprinkler in your home explained.
BUILD & DESIGN
Why building and designing as you go can be problematic.
Additional work? Changing the work? Here’s what you need to know.
SAME DAY FILING
Here’s everything you need to know about same day filing with the DOB.