Permits in hand, it’s time for the construction phase. Not surprisingly, this step takes the majority of time.

One sign of a good builder is that they will provide a construction schedule, outlining the major tasks with the time allotted for each and noting major milestones.


Owner/Operator, Element Design Group

“As a general outline, all renovations begin with demolition, from which point the work proceeds from a rough construction to a fine finishing detail.”


Stages of Construction

Rough framing and carpentry are among the first steps, followed by rough plumbing and electrical. At this point, any final field measurements can be confirmed to start production of cabinetry and millwork.

Next, drywall is installed and the finishes begin to go in– tiles, wood floors, followed by cabinets, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, and hardware.

Finally, the walls and ceilings are painted, and the construction is complete.

Following the construction, it’s time to move and place the furniture and hang artwork. With all the dust gone, window treatments and decorative wallpaper are installed at this stage.

Whether you’re acquiring all-new items or merging old with new, it requires finesse–certainly more art than science–to get it just right.

An example time-frame: during one of our apartment combination projects construction lasted four months, including two weeks of delays due to building closures during the holiday season.

With its fresh, integrated and full-service approach to home remodeling, Element Design Group projects are completed more efficiently and with better results. Recognizing that every project is unique, the firm tailors its design process to meet the specific requirements of each client.

To get started with your home renovation project, visit or call 212-537-6173.