Location: Greenwich Village, NYC
Although this was a great loft with 14 and a half foot ceilings and fantastic light; it had the typical New York City challenges of a tiny bathroom and an ugly galley kitchen. Access to the upstairs loft was also undesirable since I have a dog that was afraid of the very steep ladder. By removing all the walls in the kitchen and adding an island, the kitchen is much more functional and feels much bigger than its 90 sq. ft. Also the hallway that had been along side the kitchen is now an open more interactive area in which I built a cantilevering open tread stair up to the loft.
The existing bathroom consisted of the developer standard 30" x 60" tub, 24" vanity and toilet all of which felt very cramped. I really wanted a standard shower and a tub. Growing up my parents had a Japanese soaking tub that I loved, so this was my solution. Borrowing 6" from the existing kitchen I built a custom sink, shower and tub, all clad in mosaic glass tile. An interesting feature of which is the drain of the sink where the water seemingly disappears into the wall. One corner of the shower was removed and replaced with translucent glass walls to allow some natural light into the bathroom. In the entry of the apartment this same glass transitions into a two story light wall.
In order to help with the age-old problem of storage in the city, the guardrails of the duplex were replaced with double-sided bookshelves accessed by a rolling ladder from below.
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