The Full Monty – Remodeling the Manhattan Highlands

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Eclectic Builders has done their fair share of remodeling in Manhattan, what makes this apartment so different?


Eclectic Builders has been around for a while. They have worked on full-scale carpentry projects to modest remodeling jobs. Due to their exceptional skills and craftsmanship, the word has spread. They’ve now moved on to taking bigger and more involved projects – including this remodel.

Located in Manhattan’s buzzing and lively neighborhood of Chelsea, this full-scale remodeling encompassed every room in the what was originally a very small and cramped apartment.

The living room design and kitchen were modified to allow more light to come in from every angle.

The bedroom floors, walls and light fixtures were updated and modernized. Bathrooms were completely gutted and given a new contemporary feel – from minimalist bathroom fixtures to the custom-fitted shower. Even the hall received the attention it is not normally afforded in the form of custom floor coverings.

However, the crown jewel of this project rests on the kitchen – which included a glass door that needed to be fitted and modified to allow for the most light.

Each stage of the remodel was engineered to allow for the most light, the most efficient use of space and to create the illusion of more space.

Eclectic Builders achieved this goal while also working closely with the client, designers and other professionals necessary to the success of this project.

Please review all of Eclectic Builders projects to see their expert use of light and space.

A Banquette Worth Remembering

As the benchmark of kitchen furniture and hard to fit spaces, banquettes are the perfect addition to any dining area. The most popular styles to teach you how a banquette can add extra seating space, storage, and style to your space.

Bench seating need not be reserved for breakfast nooks. Banquettes are also a great solution for small dining rooms. Here, the custom-built banquette seating sits in a modern LED-lit sitting room with contemporary upholstering and a black lacquer table.

Further, in downtown Manhattan at the ever popular Sushi Samba, one of Eclectic Builder’s general contracting projects, we were responsible for remodeling this sleek, contemporary dining room replete with banquette seating – the perfect setting with efficient use of space in the busy NYC restaurant scene.

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Banquette Detail with Glass Door


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Restaurant Interior Manhattan, NYC

Specialty Doors


There are hundreds of different types of door and material combinations, no matter whether standard or custom doors are required. Choosing the right doors for your home can be a time consuming process if you don’t know what your options and needs are. It’s important to get the choice of doors right.

From basic hinged doors to bi-fold doors, French doors, sliding doors, stable doors, trapdoors and more – learn about the many different types of doors.

Just as there are many different doors to suit various purposes, there are many different types of door hinges to accompany them. The average house usually has several different kinds.

The similarities may be many and the differences small, but having the right hinge for the right door is quite important. Here’s a few of the more common varieties:

Barrel hinge: Barrel hinges are the most common type of hinge on the market – this is the usual hinge type people think of when they hear the word. Barrel hinges consist of two halves that come together to form a thin cylinder or barrel, into which a pin is inserted. One half is screwed into the door and the other half into the door jamb, thus fixing the door in place. The hinge then rotates on the pin when the door is opened and closed.

Most standard doors will feature two or three of these hinges, which are easily replaced. These hinges normally get their roughest treatment when kids hang off doorknobs…

Pivot hinge: This is a simple bar protruding out from the top and bottom of the door, on which the door pivots to open and close. These are common in showers where another type of hinge may be impractical due to residue build up and difficulty of maintenance.

Concealed hinge: These hinges are hidden inside the door and may or may not have a self-closing and/or soft closing mechanism installed. These are usually found on furniture as opposed to room or exterior doors.

Continuous or piano hinge: On a continuous hinge, the hinge joint runs the entire length of the door, just like the hinge on a piano lid.

Fifth Avenue on the Strip

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Crown molding combined with LED strip lights make this Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile home a masterpiece

Track lighting has undergone many changes in recent years. In fact, LED strip lighting, used combination with crown moldings, was used to create this light cove.

While the trend in track lighting is actually disappearing and not very much in vogue these days, LED strip lights, ribbons or tapes are one of the most popular LED products available on the market. LED’s do not require standard bulb shapes to work efficiently; however, this shape allows LED’s to replace bulbs in typical residential lamps.

LED stands for “light emitting diode”. A diode is an electrical component with two terminals which conduct the electricity only in one direction and the light emitted is not only more cost efficient, it is also very versatile in its applications.

Depending on your purposes, the following features may help you decide what to apply.

Of all the determining factors, the most important is probably the type and size of the LED, both of which determine its brightness or performance. How the performance of different LED technologies (low power, SMD power and high power) ranges, as well as the size of the diodes. Obviously, the more recent the technology of the LED is, and the bigger its size is, the brighter it will be.

In this elegantly appointed Fifth Avenue apartment, the trend has certainly been toward smaller fixtures, which are much less noticeable in the space. while the LED strip light trend is excellent for its flexibility and can provide ambient, task, or accent lighting.

The entire home has been remodeled, not only with specialized lighting, but with the installation of custom wall coverings, parquet floors, curved interior walls, and specialized doors and fittings.

In this Fifth Avenue home in Manhattan, LED strip lighting is used effectively. Situated in the famous Museum Mile neighborhood of central Manhattan, the apartment looks over Central Park. Stately accents to a well-appointed apartment.

Built-in shelving and customized lighting add accent detail, as well as wall sconces, which were used to create a visual glow, even in the dead of winter. In this way, the lighting is used for not only functional and dramatic effect with custom fixtures and fittings.
Also on display are classic attributes of a modern apartment softly lit by ambient lighting.

Re-designed walls covering NYC Fifth Avenue apartment plus interior wall coverings and lighting details make this project a place to remember!

A Nursery in Black and White

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Baby’s nursery remodeling looks beyond the primary colors

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Vibrant black and white design


Look beyond the primary colors with this creative use for your baby’s nursery. The black and white theme is eclectic and vibrant, creating visual interest without clash.

Eclectic Builders has placed soft, restful wall coverings against the original brick work – here painted white for the main black and white theme. It is a non-traditional and gender-neutral take on the typical baby’s nursery that normally includes bright colors or variations on pink and blue.

Further, because visual interest is so important for a baby’s development, the high-contrast black and white theme can keep a baby’s mind active even as his eyes develop.

Innovative Bedrooms

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An open floor plan creates an open environment and an open mind

Create an open air environment all within doors. By using creative space and lighting techniques, sumptuous wall coverings and clever details, your living space can be transformed into an immersive experience.

In this particular bedroom lush colors and fabrics and modern window fittings complete the look for a bedroom that is both cozy, inviting, and user-friendly. Eclectic Builders aided in the design with the creative use of wall coverings.

Wall coverings come in a variety of textures, colors and designs – from the acoustic uses such as that used in recording studios, to fabric wall coverings to vintage reclaimed wood paneling now making a come back in some of the properties Eclectic Builders has worked on.

Here, a soft gray fabric wall covering adds to the overall look with rich tones tying the bedroom into the rest of the apartment.

Child’s Play

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Transform your kid’s room to more than just the place where they sleep.

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Creative use space for children’s room

Create a play on a child’s imagination. This playful take on a traditional bunk bed utilizes unconventional lighting and a built in loft space, creating cozy nooks for children to hide play and build their dreams toward the future. In this case, the loft style space was created not only as an efficient use of space, but also as a clever design trick transforming a bedroom into an experience.

Utilizing the natural brickwork, this design has all the warmth and comfort of a nursery plus the playfulness of a kid’s room.
The floors have been refinished with contemporary blond wood to protect against splinters and scrapes and smooth plaster walls create the perfect background for budding young artists!

Because a kid’s room is not only where child sleeps, but where they grow.

Eclectic Wall Coverings

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Stunning graphic wall coverings to attract the eye and entice the touch. These wall coverings will transform a room from drab and dull to a sensual visual experience.

Eclectic Builders works with a variety of wall coverings from the sumptuous to the textural.

Types of wall coverings we have worked with include textured, hand-woven grass cloths, paper-backed natural linens, silk woven, and embossed vinyl in modern and historic prints. In addition, Eclectic Builders is experienced working with a variety of wood paneling, from light colored modern to art nouveau refinished molded wood. No matter what your style – graphically bright and funky or traditional – Eclectic Builders understands your style and the needs of your home.

Eclectic Builders has also worked with a variety of specialty wall coverings.

Many of these types of wall coverings are highly decorative, appropriate for use in any contract area where a dramatic look is desired.

Some of the most popular kinds of wall coverings have included string wall coverings (wall coverings that have very fine vertical threads) and natural textiles made of natural fibers and in a variety of colors. Natural textiles can be finely designed or coarse in texture depending on the desired look.

In modern times, digital wall coverings have become enormously popular. They provide an unlimited supply of designs, ideas, and colors.

Lastly, you will find Eclectic Builders is especially skilled with various forms of wooden wall coverings. These are usually made in sheets 18 to 24 inches wide and provided in any length up to 144 inches long. Due to characteristics relative to environmental and grain matching, wood veneers are used mostly in the office or conference room environment, along with some other specialty areas, such as large columns.

Stunning Living Areas

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Eclectic and rustic come together in contemporary design

Let Eclectic Builders take the lead on your living spaces. Comfortable living areas of your home are important to Eclectic Builders and they will work hard to realize your vision for your re-designed space. That can include everything from changing the lighting, to retro-fitting new windows to allow in more light, to well designed floors and custom kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets.

Eclectic Builders are also masters with wood working, from flooring to paneling, let Eclectic Builders do the job right!

According to your designers plans, they have also been known to use native architectural features,from natural brick work and vintage pressed tin ceilings and wooden moldings, Eclectic Builders works with what you have, within your space, to make the most out of your home!

Efficient Use Hall

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Blond wood flooring and efficient custom-built storage space transform this hallway

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Efficient Use Hall


Living in New York is tough. And it’s not only the hustle and bustle, spaces in New York can be small and cramped. It take a creative mind to make the most of your small spaces and transform them into vistas.

This refinished modern blond wood floor fits the bill with efficient use of closet and hall space. With careful thought and planning, Eclectic Builders was able to transform the Manhattan space. An open kitchen, cleverly built-in cabinets and expanded closets and this living space was transformed into a spacious, yet functional new home.