Erica and Spencer's one-bedroom apartment in Windsor Terrace was just the right size for the two of them — that is, until two turned into three, and they started thinking about finding a little extra space for their growing family. As luck would have it, they found the perfect place without even having to move. After discovering that their neighbors' 750 square foot apartment was on the market, they quickly snapped it up and set about combining the two units.
Through Sweeten, an online resource that matches New York-area homeowners with architects, contractors, and designers, Erica and Spencer found architect Olga Bakic, who masterminded the combination of the two adjoining one-bedrooms into a family home.
A series of smart and simple changes served to combine the two units, effectively and efficiently turning two homes into one. The wall separating the side-by-side hallways in the two apartments (the one with the giant map in the top photo) was torn down. The two hallways were combined to create a dining room, a much more efficient use of space.
The kitchen in Erica and Spencer's apartment was expanded and opened up to the living room, while the other kitchen was converted into an office. New arched openings match existing ones elsewhere in the house, blending the new construction into the apartment's pre-war style.
The bedrooms and bathrooms have remained in pretty much the same location; a slight change to the configuration of the hallway between Erica and Spencer's room and their bathroom created a "master suite" with additional closet space.
The whole apartment has a much more spacious feel, and plenty of room for a growing family.
To read more about the apartment combination and see more pictures, check out the project page on Sweeten.
Re-edited from a post originally published 1.17.14-NT