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19 years in business
Published nationally
Best of Houzz winner
New York's Award Winning & Internationally Recognized Design Firm
De-spec is a New York City-based W/MBE design firm leading the creation of thoughtful, contemplative homes, boutique shops and institutional projects. We successfully frame and lead the design of creative and beautiful projects through a subtractive process, with a portfolio of residential buildings, townhouses, apartments, ground-up homes, as well as retail and civic spaces workspaces. Founded in 2002, the firm’s name “de-spec” is an abbreviation of the term ‘de-speculative,’ which at the time was objectively responding to the rising trend of speculative construction where generic design is applied to all projects and the meaning of design had morphed into accumulation and addition. With over twenty years of practice, de-spec’s early projects range from Design of House ground up in East Hamptons, New York to designing internationally recognized retail brands launching USA. Headquartered in West Chelsea Art district of New York City, most recently, the firm has expanded with an office in Los Angeles, California, with active projects in California, Tennessee and Mexico as well as New York and Connecticut. De-spec is a certified W/MBE.

Services Provided

3D Rendering, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Barn Design & Construction, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Guesthouse Design & Construction, Handicap-Accessible Design, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, Landscape Plans, Mudroom Design, Multigenerational Homes, New Home Construction, Passive Solar Heating & Cooling, Pool House Design & Construction, Prefab Houses, Project Management, Space Planning, Staircase Design, Sustainable Design, Interior Design

Areas Served

New York, Suffolk county, Amagansett, Bridgehampton, Cutchogue, East Hampton, New Suffolk, North Haven, North Sea, Noyack, Peconic, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Shelter Island, Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, Southold, Springs, Wainscott, Water Mill, Westhampton, Remsenburg, Palm Springs, LA Westside


Architizer A+ Awards, 2019, 2021 ; Best of Year Award, Interior Design Mag, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2021 ; International Interior Design Award, Interior Design Mag, 2012, 2015 ; Innovation in Design Award, CT Country & Garden Mag, 2013 ; Interiors Honor Award, AIANY, 2008, 2012, 2015 ; And more


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18 Projects

Large modern gray two-story wood house exterior idea in New York


East Hampton, NY
Example of a classic staircase design in New York


Greenwich, CT
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Business Details

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Phone Number

(212) 633-6626


526 West 26th Street, # 1012
New York, NY 10001

Typical Job Cost

$500,000 - 10 million

Overall cost of Construction for addition or renovation starting at around $500,000 ; New House around $1-3,000,000.


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Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars