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Homebuyer Support Sessions

“Homebuyer Support” doesn’t do this service justice – they’re more like Homebuyer Guardian Angels.

We reached out to the Houseplay team as soon as we found a fixer upper in an ideal part of Jersey City. Within two days, Tammy met us at a showing. As first time homeowners, we knew enough to know that we didn’t know enough to do this alone. We signed up for this session to get a sense of what we’d be getting into if we purchased the home. Despite the late viewing time, Tammy spent more than an hour with us exploring nooks and crannies; assessing walls and flooring; and noting code issues that we never would have noticed.

We then went to a nearby restaurant to hash everything out over some comfort food. We told her what we hoped to do with the house and what concerned us (namely: visible water damage). Tammy kept our budget and wishlist in mind as we talked. She listened intently then told us what would be possible and what we should consider before going forward. We never felt pressured to buy or walk away – she focused only on giving us the best guidance possible to help us make our choice. As our meeting ended, Tammy gave us worksheets to help orient ourselves on renovation costs. She also advised us to ask the seller specific questions before moving forward. Based on the seller’s answers and the information from our support session, we decided not to put in an offer. A dream house isn’t worth being underwater – figuratively or literally. Thanks to Tammy, we were able to walk away early and unscathed.

A week later, we ended up finding an incredible home that was within our budget and renovation comfort level. Before putting in an offer, we reached out to Tammy for her thoughts. She was incredibly responsive – even as she was preparing to leave for the holidays. She quickly reviewed the information we had. Then she gave us a sense of what would be involved, and a few things to ask the sellers.

Empowered by her guidance we put in an offer and are now under contract! In the next few weeks, Tammy will do another walk through with us to talk through renovation issues, strategy, and budgeting. As we make the jump from a one bedroom rental to a four floor Victorian – we feel incredibly lucky to have Houseplay in our corner.

Rachel W.

Houseplay’s Homebuyer Support Session saved us from taking on much more than we could handle! We recommend this service to anyone thinking about buying a house in need of a big renovation project. If you have that little voice inside saying “Is this a good idea?” then this service is well worth the investment!

Chris Evans

We engaged with Tammy and Homeplay Renovations for the Home Buyer Support Session. Tammy met us at the home we were interested in purchasing and fixing up. She provided incredibly valuable insight into what would be feasible and needed to make it our dream home. She helped us determine our renovation priorities and realistic budgets for the projects. I highly recommend the support session before undertaking a remodel.

Caitlin Boyd

Design & Build Projects

I cried happy tears the day my project was complete — it is just stunning. I had a vision for what I wanted to do, and Tammy and Veronika got the intention behind it right away and seemed just as excited as I was. It can be stressful to live in a home that’s under construction, but Houseplay took care to protect my home, help me feel as comfortable as possible, and answer my questions. Niall is a meticulous and gifted craftsman, and a creative problem-solver. Plus, the project moved along efficiently (thanks to John’s scheduling). Overall, everyone on the Houseplay team exceeded my expectations, and my new space brings me joy and peace every day.

We love our fully renovated two-family in JC Heights – and we never could have done it without Houseplay! Tammy and Niall helped us reimagine the entire space, planning a two-phase project that allowed us to live in the house the entire time with only minimal disruption. The artistry of their expert crew was remarkable. And interior designer Veronika really got to know our style, adding so much character with unexpected choices we’ve come to love. Complications are bound to arise in every renovation — but Houseplay met challenges with true professionalism, patiently addressing all of our concerns while keeping on budget. They cared about every detail as much as we did (sometimes even more so!) and their dedication resulted in a home that’s beautifully functional, open and bright.

K.W., Jersey City, NJ

Our house didn’t fit the way we wanted to live, but we didn’t have the vision to change it.  Houseplay talked with us to help us understand our goals for our space and define our requirements.  Then they came up with an innovative plan for both the space and the aesthetic that we love.  Their work has completely changed how we use our house.  Our kids have their own rooms now with awesome storage and we have a usable family room with solutions for our sporting equipment.     Not only was the end product fantastic, but they are a pleasure to work with and dedicated to quality outcomes.

K.B., Jersey City, NJ

After several consultations with different contractors who were not very helpful, we met with Niall and Tammy of Houseplay Renovations and have been very happy that we chose them for our kitchen renovation. They came up with some creative and innovative solutions to our challenging space and layout while incorporating our personal style into the design. They were responsive to our questions and concerns during the design and construction process. They are professional and pleasant to work with. We are so enjoying our new kitchen transformation and it is now truly the heart of our home!

We first hired Houseplay Renovations in 2015 on a large project, including the complete renovation of our master bathroom, kitchen update, and finishing the basement. Back then, I wrote, “We are extremely pleased with both the results as well as the process of working with Niall and Tammy …. I would definitely work with them again.”

We had the chance to make good on our word in 2016, when we hired Houseplay for a design and build project that included the complete gut renovation of one full bathroom and a small powder room, as well as painting and minor repairs in the guest bedroom and carpeting in the staircase area.

Once again, they did great work! The bathrooms came out fantastic, and the powder room might be our new favorite room in the house.

Houseplay handled a complete transformation of our kitchen …. We were so impressed with their many creative solutions …. It was our first renovation, so we needed lots of guidance and hand-holding. They responded promptly to our many questions, requests and concerns, and their team was always courteous and respectful of our home. We were even able to stay throughout the renovation, and our three children enjoyed having them around. Our new kitchen turned out even more beautiful, functional, and spacious than we had hoped. We … spend hours in our kitchen every day, and we still absolutely love it …

Full Home Renovations

We hired Houseplay Renovations to undertake a full apartment renovation for us …. They transformed our home, on budget and on schedule, without rushing or making compromises. Tammy and Niall are a pleasure to work with. They are … extremely professional and experts in their domain. Tammy’s designs and aesthetic choices were spot on. She listened to us and translated our desires into reality. Niall seamlessly oversaw the logistics of a complete overhaul …. Our home feels brand new: the rooms feel lighter, brighter, bigger, taller. Everything is fresh, new, and modern. The functionality of and storage in our reconfigured kitchen has improved immensely …. We wholeheartedly recommend Houseplay.

Our historic home needed a full renovation, and we wanted to maintain key structural elements and mouldings while simultaneously changing the layout and making improvements.

We were so thankful to find Houseplay Renovations. Right from the start, I was amazed at how Tammy took the disjointed information I offered as a starting point and created a design that was EXACTLY what I had in mind.

Tammy and Niall’s design and build stayed true to the character of our house and modernized it at the same time. They renovated two floors of our home, preserving the historic touches we loved and also creating a more beautiful, functional space.

Words can’t express how much we love our new kitchen in particular; it has turned into the heart of our home. We’re so happy with the whole project.

[Houseplay] added a half bath to basement, moved laundry to first floor, put hardwood floors in master bedroom, and completely remodeled master bath. Houseplay Renovations completed all the work including providing sub contractors for plumbing, electrical, and tiling. The work was completed on time and within budget. We were very pleased with the entire process and would use them again. The work was done in a very professional manner. At the end of the project the owner made some detail work be redone because he was sure we would be bothered by the quality later even if we said it was OK then. He was right and now when I look at that door trim I am reminded that [Houseplay] did quality work for us.

L.H., Cliffside Park, NJ

I contacted HPRNJ for [full] renovations of a 1200 square foot space in Jersey City. Tammy and her team were prompt, professional, and simply fantastic …. They provided great options for bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances, flooring, doors, etc. Everything came with pictures, samples, and cost estimates. They turned a renovation nightmare into a walk in the park. There were a few expected bumps in the road… termites, makeshift plumbing from previous contractors, and the usual “discoveries” in a renovation. Tammy and Niall kept the team on track …. There were no surprises on their end. I highly recommend them and would love to work with them again.

E.L., Jersey City, NJ

What a great experience working with Houseplay. I know many who’ve gone through large renovations and talk of the ‘nightmares’ they endured. We had none. It took a few months, that was tough – but no getting around that. Tammy, Niall, and team were responsive, responsible, respectful, and overall concerned with our satisfaction and the quality of the job. A large renovation is stressful – the options, the design and layout, the coordination, the permits, the inspections, and of course the work. Houseplay managed it all and they did it well. Starting with the design Houseplay understood our needs and presented options (with samples) which made our design decisions much easier. When it came to construction, they kept us informed with schedule and made sure the work was done to our satisfaction. Would fully recommend and in fact already have. Thank you Tammy, Niall, and team.

We love our fully renovated two-family in JC Heights – and we never could have done it without Houseplay! Tammy and Niall helped us reimagine the entire space, planning a two-phase project that allowed us to live in the house the entire time with only minimal disruption. The artistry of their expert crew was remarkable. And interior designer Veronika really got to know our style, adding so much character with unexpected choices we’ve come to love. Complications are bound to arise in every renovation — but Houseplay met challenges with true professionalism, patiently addressing all of our concerns while keeping on budget. They cared about every detail as much as we did (sometimes even more so!) and their dedication resulted in a home that’s beautifully functional, open and bright.

Bathroom Renovations

I hired Houseplay to renovate my bathroom from top to bottom. Niall was by far the best contractor I have ever worked with. The entire process … was professional, friendly and flexible. Niall and his team worked diligently and even came on a Sunday when a delay, which was out of his control, occurred. He is meticulous, offers good advice and really listens to what you want. His workmanship is of the highest standard and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.

C.W., Jersey City, NJ

I can’t say enough good things about our experience with Houseplay Renovations. From our initial conversations through the completion of our bathroom, I felt like we made the correct decision. I was great knowing that things were being done correctly. Every question I had was answered, every line item on the proposal was explained. If you are looking for the quick and dirty solution where corners will be cut and codes will be ignored, go somewhere else. If you want a truly professional experience, this is the place.

E.S., Jersey City, NJ

…We hired Niall and Houseplay Renovations to do a complete gut and rebuild [on our bathroom]. Niall was professional and friendly …. [He] opened our eyes to more possibilities and his helpful input continued throughout the project. He understood what was important to us and his skill and attention to detail made sure that that’s what was achieved. We will definitely call Niall for our next project.

L.M., Bedminster, NJ

… I needed a complete bathroom overhaul …. The remodel required taking the room down to the studs. The estimate was accurate and complete, the work was done with care and attention to detail, and in a timely manner. Niall and his team were clean, courteous, punctual and responsive.

H.N., Little Falls, NJ

… We hired Houseplay Renovations to redo our bathroom …. The work and the detail was superb! My neighbors raved about his daily clean up and professionalism. My family and friends can not get enough of our bathroom every time they see it! We are having other renovations made in the house and we have asked Houseplay Renovations back …. If you are in doubt about contractors out there, fear no more! Hire Niall and his crew.

B.V., Jersey City, NJ
[Houseplay] did an excellent job on our home renovations …. [we bought] a home with good bones … in need of a little TLC or Houseplay Renovations. Both Tammy and Niall are very professional and friendly. Tammy is VERY organized. It makes you feel good knowing that your permits, timeline and job will be done with care and concern. Houseplay Renovations is a friendly, organized, and efficient small business definitely worth considering for your home renovation.

M.H., Rockaway, NJ

Custom Interiors

We are so pleased with the work that Houseplay Renovations did on our home and we felt that we were in such great hands from the onset of the project. Tammy, Veronika and Niall are all a pleasure to work with and great at what they do. Houseplay is thorough, organized, professional, and reasonable. They worked on our nursery while we were awaiting the arrival of our baby girl and we couldn’t be happier with how the room turned out. We would definitely work with Houseplay again and we highly recommend them to anyone looking for a contractor that checks all of the boxes.

We (mostly I… ha) weren’t the easiest clients with lots of opinions and a handful that changed mid-stream, but what the Houseplay team designed for us is beyond anything we imagined. Our home is so much more functional, and every detail they considered, literally EVERY ONE, makes us smile every time we interact with it. Consummate professionals, highly skilled artisans, and savvy, innovative designers with a finger on the pulse of modern interior architecture—I cannot recommend enough.

A kitchen renovation became unavoidable for us. We entered into the process with dread. We interviewed many contractors, designers and architects. Getting real numbers was almost impossible. Houseplay got real with numbers, and we simply had a positive feeling about them, supported by good reviews. Our old house gave us a few unexpected challenges to confront along the way. But, we could not have endured the surprises without the professionalism, skill and good humor of the entire Houseplay team. We’d call upon them again in a heartbeat.

Exterior Renovations

I can’t say enough great things about Houseplay and its founder/contractor Niall. We hired Niall to replace all the exterior doors and windows in our … apartment. His quote was fair and all changes to it – which were very minor – were discussed and agreed upon beforehand …. He was punctual and very accessible if needed via phone or text. His wife, Tamara, who deals with the billing aspect of the company, was also easy to contact over email and gave clear, concise payment statements. Most importantly, Niall is just a great guy. He’s beyond trustworthy and genuinely cares about the quality of craftsmanship he adds to your home. If I had unlimited funds I would have him renovate my entire apartment.

A.T., Jersey City, NJ

Niall and his team from Houseplay Renovations are outstanding! We hired Niall to do a major restoration project for our 1865 home. From the moment we met Niall … we knew that he would be a delight to work with. Niall’s carpentry skills are fantastic. The hip roof that he built for our porch is perfect. He installed Ipe decking (which is very expensive and an extremely hard wood to work with) without any waste and we are thrilled with the result …. Niall and his team showed true professionalism and strong work ethics when work was being done in temps over 90 degrees! …. Niall built our family a front porch to be proud of and we cannot wait to spend many summer days enjoying it. If Niall happens to be booked when you are ready to do your project … postpone your project until he is available, you will not be disappointed!

H.C., Jersey City, NJ

Niall painted the trim on the facade of my house a few years ago, and I have been working with him since. The job he recently finished for me was quite a challenge and I was pleased with the results. My tired enclosed porch with layers of peeling exterior paint and rotting steps to the yard needed a full overhaul. The job required more than a little carpentry, as well as finishing and trim work around some windows that were poorly installed years ago (by another contractor). The very worn original wood clapboard siding was able to be restored to a pristine condition and the trim work added brightness and vibrancy to that primary entertaining area. Thanks to Niall, I am now proud to invite guests to enjoy my back porch with me.

M.B., Jersey City, NJ

We hope you enjoy working with us as much as we enjoy working with you!