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.

WELCOME

What is Building In Manhattan?  And why is it? James explains.

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IT’S SO EXPENSIVE

Why is it so expensive to build in Manhattan?  For these simple reasons.

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ARCHITECT OR DESIGNER?

The difference between an architect and a designer and which one may be right for you.

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THE DOCUMENTATION PROCESS

The documentation process every homeowner must complete.

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FILING WITH THE NYC DOB

The who/what/when/where/why/how of filing with the NYC Department of Buildings.

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EXPEDITORS

The importance of hiring an expeditor to get your project through the NYC DOB.

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DESIGNER READY APARTMENTS

James talks about the influx of designer ready apartments in Manhattan.

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BUILDING/MOVING A WALL

The process of building or moving a wall in your home is a complicated one.

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KITCHENS & BATHROOMS 1

What to know if you are remodeling your kitchen and bathroom and staying within it’s current walls.

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KITCHENS & BATHROOMS 2

What to know if you are remodeling your kitchen and bathroom and moving or enlarging it.

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UNDERSTANDING COSTS

Learn how to save time and money by doing it the right way.

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CO-OPS VS CONDOS

The difference between building in a co-op and building in a condo.

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TIMING OF BIDS

It’s important to understand the timing of bids on your project.

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MOVING A SPRINKLER

The process of of moving a sprinkler in your home explained.

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BUILD & DESIGN

Why building and designing as you go can be problematic.

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CHANGE ORDERS

Additional work?  Changing the work?  Here’s what you need to know.

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SAME DAY FILING

Here’s everything you need to know about same day filing with the DOB.

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BUYING YOUR MATERIALS

Why you shouldn’t buy your own materials when renovating.

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HOW TO START A PROJECT

What you need to know if you are starting a project in your home.

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