Contemporary Renovation of 3 Bedroom in Gramercy Park

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Eclectic Builders oversaw the renovation of a contemporary three bedroom in Gramercy Park. The kitchen was gutted and completely renovated and features new floors, custom electric and lighting solutions, new stone surfaces, and custom kitchen cabinet solutions.

Along with the kitchen redesign, new floors and paint were added throughout the space and two bathrooms were refurbished with new tile, vanities, and millwork faces.

Beautiful Family Townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

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A total renovation was completed by Eclectic Builders in this beautiful family townhouse at Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. Major infrastructure systems like HVAC, roof, masonry, fireplace and chimney, and drainage systems were revamped, along with new electrical, plumbing, and paint were added throughout the townhouse.

Eclectic Builders created a custom kitchen with new appliances, millwork, stone/tile finishes, paint finishes, imported custom fixtures and appliances, added custom lighting and new electrical.

New walnut flooring was installed in the living room and the fireplace and bookcases were renovated with new custom stone and millwork.

Chef’s Kitchen Creation in Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Eclectic Builders completed a partial renovation of a two bedroom at Park Slope, Brooklyn with the creation of a custom kitchen for a professional chef.

In a design collaboration with our client, the renovation was a fantastic blend of a contemporary open plan, modern features, and classic prewar details. All modifications were finishes with custom inlaid period correct flooring, molding, and superior handcrafted plaster details, and the original mahogany trim was saved, refurbished, and re-used where possible.

The kitchen was gutted and reconfigured with a modified wall. Utilizing Ikea cabinets, Eclectic Builders significantly customized them by including semi-handmade aftermarket doors and faces. New plumbing, lighting features, tile and stone finishes add to the exquisite space.

Fantastic Penthouse in The Copley

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Eclectic Builders oversaw the total renovation of this fantastic penthouse in The Copley at Lincoln Center. Along with a total custom paint job, a minor wall was modified, opening up space between the living room and dining room.

The kitchen was refurbished with new cabinet faces and other modifications to create a welcoming atmosphere, while the master bathroom was adjusted with mirrors and custom millwork.

Custom touches throughout the penthouse include lighting and millwork solutions, custom built furniture, art installations, and the setup of audio and visual technology. In addition, the hardwood floors were refinished, and on the patio, a new paver solution was installed to maximize the space.

Contemporary One Bedroom with a View in The Alfred

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Eclectic Builders oversaw a total renovation of this contemporary, one bedroom with a view in The Alfred at Lincoln Center.

Along with new lighting solutions, we incorporated new tile, stone, wood and paint finishes throughout the space. The kitchen and laundry facility were both gutted and reconfigured.

For the bedroom, we modified and relocated a wall to create a walk-in closet. The master bathroom was completely gutted and renovated into a bright, relaxing space. The powder room was significantly modified.

Custom Deck Solution for Bowery NoHo Penthouse

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Eclectic Builders installed a new building roof system and custom deck solution for a Bowery NoHo penthouse. Using reclaimed Ipe wood decking with structural pavers, the Eclectic Builders custom design also included a stainless steel kitchen.

Custom Renovation at The Copley

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Eclectic Builders completely renovated the master bathroom including a tub to shower conversion. Special bathroom features added for aging-induced disabilities include a self-cleaning, automatic Japanese toilet, high contrast features for diminished vision, and easy to use handles and grab bars. New custom tile, glass, stone, paint finishes, and lighting were also added.

A customized kitchen with appliances specially selected for a height disability, custom cabinets along with modified Ikea cabinets, and custom stone/paint finishes added to the classic style.

New flooring and refinished existing flooring throughout the home along with custom millwork solutions, imported lighting solutions, and special space saving and art accenting solutions were created.

High Fashion Penthouse in Battery Park City

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Eclectic Builders oversaw a partial renovation of this beautiful high fashion penthouse in Battery Park City.

New paint and wallpaper installations in numerous rooms, along with custom electric and lighting features, added to this stylish renovation. Careful attention was given to cleanliness and dust as work was performed while the owners were in residence.

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.

Heart, Head and Hands

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A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.

-Louis Nizer

On a bitter cold morning under gray skies threatening snow I wedged a chock of wood under a diagonal 2×4 brace and swung my hammer, straightening a belly in a newly constructed wall with one short stroke. A guy in a suit and tie who passed by the jobsite each morning on his way to the train, stopped and said. “Man, I wish I knew how to do what you do.” I laughed, embarrassed, and snorted. “Be careful what you wish for.” A young man, and new to my trade, I was highly skeptical that a professional might actually envy a laborer’s skill. I suspected he was blowing the proverbial smoke.

I was introduced to the trade by an Englishman name Steve Crossley who saw some potential (for cheap labor mostly) in a cocky, slightly built teenager, of very limited abilities but endless verbal capacity. Steve was a Northern Brit who arrived in the States by way of Australia in hot pursuit of a girl and was known affectionately to his crew as “The Mate.” Fond of the occasional pint or two, the Mate could often be seen teetering around town on an ancient, battered Triumph Daytona, or behind the wheel of a Land Rover overflowing with dogs. Despite his comic tendencies, Steve was a meticulous craftsman who instilled in us a careful attention to detail. He was a stickler for tight tolerances and his love for the trade was evident and contagious.

I soon discovered I had a knack for finding the sweet spot of a hammer (except when the boss was looking, suddenly bending over nails whenever he appeared) and learned pretty quickly to use my body as a lever, once monkeying up through a stack of trusses to lift a boom crane’s “headache ball” off a man’s trapped leg to the delight of the crew and my own heart pounding amazement. I remember the foreman saying “NOW you’ve got something to tell your girlfriend!” I flushed with pride and embarrassment. Steve always had a way of putting me in my place though, barking out in a North Country Manchester accent “You’re as useless as a chocolate teapot!” Or “You’re as useless as an ashtray on a motorbike.” Or my personal favorite “My God! You’ve got to retrain him after lunch!” and other choice, colorful phrases I cannot repeat here. But when you excelled at something he was just as quick with a compliment and a hearty “Well done Young Squire! Young rapscallion!” It’s been over twenty years since I left his employ and I’ve had many teachers since, but it was under his tutelage that I learned a trade; a way to be useful anywhere, and a means to support myself and others with head, hands and heart.

A framing carpenter with any natural aptitude and curiosity soon graduates to trim work, doors, moldings and stairs and then furthers his education with shop work, appreciation of species, cabinetry, perhaps furniture making, finishes. Your love for the medium deepens and grows. You start exploring the tension between wood and worker. You start thinking you’re pretty good every five years or so, start to plateau at a certain level, then realize you really don’t know anything at all, never did, and start making the climb to the next level. I imagine it’s a lot like a violinist, or a fly fisherman, a surgeon even. It’s a continuum, and you never really get there, you just keep traveling, deepening your knowledge as you climb. And once in a while, faced with a cocky young helper (who seems so familiar), you get to say “Kid, I forgot more than you’ll ever know.”

I am proud to have on my team Randy the bookbinder, Mark the electrician who composes music, Dave who builds Danish Modern furniture, Drew the cabinet maker, Justin the print maker, Akira, an artist and a tile setter, Timmy and Eddy, the plumbers who see a creative way through every thorny difficulty. We are blessed with talent from our plumbers to our plasterers. These are men I admire and who bring to the work a breadth of knowledge and depth of attention that I think few other crews can match. Guys who have an insatiable curiosity about how things work and who are fluently conversant in a multitude of styles and mediums that only comes from long hours, days, weeks and years plying your trade with literal blood, sweat, laughter, head-scratching and tears.

Does this over qualify them for renovating? No way. Renovating in Manhattan, for some of the most discerning clients and the most creative designers on earth demands a special resourcefulness and focus. These guys tackle challenges on a regular basis that I’ve seen traumatize lesser tradesmen. “If you can make it here”…..indeed.

This is why we are called ”Eclectic” Builders. And this is why I believe our work sometimes approaches the “art” that Nizer speaks of.

I think even “The Mate” would be proud.