Need For Build

Few home remodeling projects are as complicated as a complete kitchen renovation – Need For Build. This kind of major job usually involves dropping walls, moving gas lines, rerouting plumbing lines and rewiring electrical.

Depending on your project, you may need to clear out and move everything out of the kitchen before demo begins. You’ll also need to make contingency plans for meals during the duration of the kitchen remodel.


Many kitchen remodeling projects involve expensive line items such as custom cabinets, stone counters, new appliances and fixtures, tile on floors and backsplashes, and plumbing. Add in other elements such as opening up a floorplan, removing walls, raising ceilings, expanding the footprint and more, the overall project cost can soar.

A trustworthy kitchen remodeler will assist you in separating your “needs” from your “wants” to create a budget that meets or exceeds your expectations while staying within the confines of your financial resources. This is an important step in avoiding costly design changes that can throw off a remodel schedule and ultimately increase your budget.

It can be difficult to find reliable information on the average kitchen remodel cost. A simple Google search produces wildly varying numbers with many different sources.


With a showroom a block from Madison Square Park, this National Kitchen and Bath Association member renovates luxury and elegant complete home interiors as well as bathrooms. The design team takes a direct, personal approach to each client’s vision and budget, which they translate into stunning designs that have earned the company multiple Contractor of the Year awards in the $100,000-$200,000 category.

With one project featured on The Today Show, this small, family-owned firm in Greenwich Connecticut promises quality work and affordable prices. Their design process includes a thorough walk-through of your space with computer-based models that help you visualize and plan for the remodel.

They can also provide helpful tips to avoid “designer’s regret,” such as measuring appliances BEFORE beginning the renovation. One such example was their design for a galley kitchen, where sparkling stone countertops run along both sides of the island and framing shaker cabinets. They also installed double ovens and a gourmet range top.

Demo Day

For YC entrepreneurs who complete the optional fundraising extension, the culmination of the summer program is Demo Day. Held in person in New York City and Silicon Valley, or online, this is a public event where startup companies pitch their businesses to an audience of investors, journalists, mentors, and others. Presenting companies have a single slide and a limited amount of time to discuss their problem, solution, business viability, and make an ask. Attendance is by invitation only; the software generated invitations are based on investment history in YC startups. The list of participating teams is available on the Demo Day website.


Homeowners enlist contractors to help them manage complex renovation projects. It’s not for the faint of heart, and the results can be disastrous if a kitchen remodel goes awry.

Contractors with the experience to schedule work, stay on top of building codes and ordering materials will make it easier for homeowners to achieve their dream kitchens. It’s important to interview prospective GCs, and ask for references from past clients.

Paula McDonald Design Build is renowned for elegant and understated kitchens. The firm’s showrooms in Manhattan and Brooklyn showcase curated collections of high-end finishes, including marble textured flooring; acrylic wall cabinets; sleek wood base cabinets; PentalQuartz countertops; and frosted glass backsplashes. Their work has earned them Chrysalis awards, Professional Remodeler magazine Master Design accolades and recognition in New York Cottages & Gardens and Aspire Metro. They also offer warranties on all their remodels. Their workmanship is guaranteed for three years. They do renovations throughout New York City and Long Island.