Apartment Renovation Checklist

by | Jun 5, 2019 | Apartment Renovations

At our architecture firm we renovate a lot of apartments in NYC. Below is a general checklist of items you may want to consider for your apartment renovation.


Apartment Renovation Checklist


Kitchen Renovation Checklist

  • Appliances
  • Range vs cooktop and oven
  •  Refrigerator
  •  Dishwasher
  •  Microwave
  • Hood
  • Sink
  • Faucet
  • Water Filter
  • Instant Hot Water
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Fixtures
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Accessories
  • Flooring
  • Backsplash
  • Lighting
  • Switches
  • Outlets

Bathroom Renovation Checklist

  • Toilet
  • Tub
  • Shower Head for Tub
  • Tub Filler
  • Tub Doors
  • Shower
  • Hand Shower
  • Shower Head
  • Doors
  • Shower Drain
  • Shower Floor
  • Tiles / Finish for Shower
  • Shower Pan
  • Shower Niches
  • Vanity
  • Vanity Top
  • Lavatory Sink
  • Medicine Cabinet
  • Lighting
  • Outlets
  • Switches
  •  Ceiling Finish
  • Floor Tiles or Finish
  • Wall tiles or Finish
  • Waterproof Membrane
  • Heat Mat
  • Acessories
    • Toilet Paper Holder, Towel Bars, Grab Bars, Handels
  • Ventilation

General Renovation Checklist

  • Flooring
    • Material
    • Finish
    • Acclimate wood flooring before installation
    • Soundproofing
    • Floor Leveling
  • Baseboards
  • Doors
  • Door Hardware
  • Paint
  • Lighting
  • Switches
    • Dimmers or Switch
  • Outlets
  • Laundry
  • Window sills
  • Window and Door Casement Moldings
  • Smoke Detectors

Apartment Renovation Logistics

  • Architect
  • General Contractor
  • Board Approval
  • Permits (General Construction, Plumbing, Gas, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • Document Existing Conditions
  • Protect the common areas of the building
  • Coordinate with the super
  • Lead time in all products


Checklist for Apartment Renovations

As an architect I study the process of remodeling, but these are complicated and quite involved issues. In this article we reviewed some of the basic items you would include on an Apartment Renovation Checklist. This post does not assume to cover every possible issue or condition, but provide a general overview of the topic.

Although we typically do apartment renovation in New York City we think this checklist should be helpful for anyone. Comment below if you think we left something out.


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I hope this was helpful. Please leave questions and comments below. If you would like to speak with an architect you can Contact Fontan Architecture directly.


Jorge Fontan
Jorge Fontan

This post was written by Jorge Fontan AIA a Registered Architect and owner of New York City architecture firm Fontan Architecture. Jorge Fontan has earned 3 degrees in the study of architecture including two degrees from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Jorge has a background in construction and has been practicing architecture for 15 years where he has designed renovations and new developments of various building types.