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Best Shoestring Architect

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Thread Collective
718-366-3988; threadcollective.com
The Bushwick-based, five-member architecture-and-design firm Thread Collective specializes in stretching puny spaces on the cheap. They’ve added decks and kids’ rooms and solar paneling to apartments and townhouses around the city, and they do it all for a flat fee (as little as $10,000) rather than the 5 to 12 percent of costs that many architects charge. In a 350-square-foot Nolita studio, says Thread principal Gita Nandan, they “peeled plaster off brick to get three inches more floor space,” then removed partitions and converted the Kafkaesque warren into a bright space with walk-through closet and a hideaway bed. Nandan and her colleagues also oversee construction in apartments and townhouses, create and install furniture, and show clients how to save on materials now and utilities later.


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