As a Designer/Project Manager, I work directly with the client assessing needs, conducting feasibility studies, measuring and creating drawings in 20/20 Design, Sketch up, and AutoCAD, as well as creating a detailed work scope proposal, selecting and researching materials, ordering and buying materials, and project managing trades and the flow of construction, evaluating the project and constantly problem solving, creating punch lists, and final finishing.
With an eclectic background, Barbara has a BA in music from Florida State University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois. She has also worked at the Museum of Modern Art in their Exhibition Design and Production Department as well as built a chamber orchestra with award winning chamber musicians.
Barbara Ellen Seidel, Designer/Project Manager
LEAD CARPENTER AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM
GENT is our lead carpenter from Albania. With a great eye combined with excellent math skills, he is a planner. Most importantly, Gent has a vision and has developed a variety of skills in addition to being an excellent carpenter. For example in Europe, Gent was a champion in track and field traveling all over Europe with a professional olympic sport team.
Here is Gent consulting with one of his carpenters named Murphy. Murphy is our lead wall expert. He also plays the accordion and speaks multiple languages.
Above meet our carpenter Murphy. He is also great with his hands. In his spare time, he plays the accordion.
Below is Vinny who is great with his hands and a very versatile carpenter. In fact, he is our best tile guy. Vinny is also a person with many talents. Back in Albenia, he studied the oboe practicing eight hours a day before coming to America.
Here is our plumber Keith.
Above the Plumber’s Assistant
Most importantly, the founder and owner of Knockout Renovation, Keith Steier
shares the following philosophy about his company.
The philosophy of Keith Steier, owner of Knockout Renovation, drives all of our design work. Prior to founding the company in 1992, he honed his skills as a handyman for the prestigious 100 UN Plaza in Manhattan’s Turtle Bay, on behalf of residents ranging from diplomats to celebrities. He even helped the spouse of one shall-remain-nameless Academy Award winner gain freedom from the wrong side of a jammed bathroom door!Before that, Keith served as the superintendent of a large co-op for seven years, and served in the United States Navy, where he specialized as a welder, plumber, sheet-metal fabricator and damage controlman. It was his Naval experience that made Keith realize he would broaden his skills and one day establish his own remodeling firm.In addition to operating Knockout Renovation and serving as a popular resource for national and local media, Keith has hosted a renovation show which airs periodically on Manhattan (MNN) and Brooklyn (BCAT) cable networks.
SIX SIMPLE STEPS TO A KNOCKOUT HOME!
Step 1 - Introduction
We’ll meet with you at your home to discuss your needs and design possibilities.
Step 2 - Information
We’ll return to your home with an itemized, detailed Workscope a few days later (depending on the project size), to review it and to discuss options.
Step 3 - Kick-off Meeting
Upon your approval we will have a “Kick-Off” meeting at your home with our kitchen cabinetry representative, project manager, lead carpenter and other pertinent trades to thoroughly review the Workscope and make any added changes. We also take site measurements for material selection.
Step 4 - Product Selection
The next step is to meet our designer at Knockout’s showroom and pick out your materials, for example tile, appliances, cabinetry and countertops. Once you’ve selected and approved these items, we will order everything
Step 5 - The Transformation Begins
Upon the arrival of materials, we will be ready to begin. Our team will coordinate all components of the project, including trades, materials deliveries and all of the other details.
Step 6 - Completion
Upon completion, Knockout Renovation sends out a survey to make sure that you are satisfied with our services and your 5 year service and products warranty goes into effect.