Before & After: A Sleek Update for a Cramped Condo
Finding your dream apartment in New York can be hard. So Austin found the next best thing: a less than dreamy apartment that could be turned into his dream home. All it needed was an improved floor plan and a little tlc.
The apartment, which hadn’t seen a renovation since the 70s, had beautiful tall ceilings, but was broken up into a series of awkwardly cramped small rooms. A new floor plan — and a few new finishes — was the key to realizing the apartment’s potential.
The renovation took what was a cramped 3-bedroom apartment with an awkward floorplan and transformed it into a spacious one-bedroom home. The rooms that previously made up the kitchen and the living room were combined into a light-filled living/dining room, and the two small bedrooms on the other end of the apartment (one of which was only six feet wide) were combined to create a new master bedroom. The room connecting these two spaces, previously used as a bedroom, became the kitchen.
Besides all the floor plan changes, Austin elected to paint the entire condo white and install matte-finish wide-plank hardwood throughout, which gives the apartment a bright, soothing feel.
The kitchen is a little on the slim side and also functions as a connection between the living room and bedroom, so Austin’s team decided to keep all the cabinetry to one side of the space. A soapstone countertop with light veining adds a little texture while still being low-maintenance, and a built-in desk on one side of the room functions both as a breakfast nook and a workspace.
Moving the entrance to the apartment meant more space in the bathroom, which saw the addition of a new washer and dryer — every New Yorker’s dream. A floating vanity provides plenty of storage while maintaining a certain visual lightness, and marble floor tile and limestone wall tile add a little texture.
And to cap it all off there’s the bright, uncluttered new master bedroom — the perfect place to fall asleep.
Re-edited from a post originally published on 6.15.16-nt