One Stop For All Your Design & Construction Needs in NYC

Whether you're remodeling, creating additions, or building new, our team of NYC remodeling experts combine design & construction to execute your vision - from planning, demolition, permits, engineering, sourcing, interior finishes and more.

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Our Services

As a design build firm in NYC, we provide remodeling clients with customized services, powered by a team that manages and perfects every detail.
Since 2020 Essential has earned a reputation as a trusted partner for our clients seeking the highest level of sophistication and style.

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- Condo & Co-Op Renovation
- Loft Renovation
- Brownstone Renovation
- Townhome Renovation
- Gut Renovation
- Luxury Kitchen Remodel
- Bathroom Buildout

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- Full Commercial Renovations
- Office Remodeling
- Retail Space Remodeling
- Hospitality Remodeling
- Healthcare Facility Remodeling
- Industrial Space Remodeling

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- Custom Millwork and Carpentry
- Crown molding and trim work
- Custom staircases
- High-end painting and wallpapering
- Smart lighting and climate control

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Specialty Rooms

- Home offices and libraries
- Wine cellars
- Fitness rooms
- Game Rooms
- Entertainment spaces
- Luxury Home Theaters

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Project Mangement

- Initial design consultations
- Project proposals
- 3D renderings
- Virtual walkthroughs
- Permitting and regulatory compliance
- Coordination with architects

A Message From Our Founder, Peter Hartofilis

With 9+ years of experience in the industry, Peter knew first hand the extensive difficulties homeowners and businesses faced when building and remodeling in NYC. From planning, designing, budgeting, requesting permits, inexperienced contractors, it was clear that navigating construction in New York was confusing and difficult, which led to expensive, time consuming mistakes.

Simplify Building & Remodeling for NYC clients

As a design build firm in NYC, we’re focused on executing your vision from start to finish. Deal with one team that plans, designs, manages, and executes your dream remodel or build. Imagine a world where all you need to do is describe your perfect build; Essential makes that dream a reality.

Our Work Earns 5-star Reviews ONLY


Hear From Clients Who've Experienced Essential's Design Build Firm NYC Services

We highly recommend Essential Design & Build! Our UWS project was a gut job that required a suite of expertise — spanning; plumbing, electrical, layout changes and multiple permits.
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Hear From Clients Who've Experienced Essential's Design Build Firm NYC Services

Peter, Gio, and the whole team did a fantastic job. We found Essential Design & Build on Houzz and had a professional experience from start to finish.

Hear From Clients Who've Experienced Essential's Design Build Firm NYC Services

Peter and his team are top-notch! Apart from being talented and an excellent communicator, he really cares about his clients and their needs.

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Successful Projects


5-Star Reviews


Best of Houzz winner

We believe that luxury is not just about aesthetics; it's a reflection of craftsmanship, no change-orders, communication, innovative design solutions, and a commitment to exceeding expectations.


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