Type of Project: Light renovation of a rental apt
Location: Soho, NYC
Type of building: Two bedroom apartment
I had a big unsolved issue for this project, which was how to get a compact bed into Ursula's room along with all the storage she and I needed in both of our rooms for clothing, etc. Then I ran into George Evageliou again after posting about his company back in 2007. He was literally in our offices dropping off his new cards, when I asked if he'd come take a look at this apartment. Within thirty minutes he'd convinced me to rip out all the old, funky closets and work with him to install cabinets in both rooms, one of which would carry Ursula's bed. That's when the fun began.
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While it is admittedly a big commitment to build cabinets for a rental apartment, I did it for two reasons. One, I felt it would seriously raise the style level and storage efficiency of the apartment, allowing me to stay much longer, and, two, I really liked the idea of working with George to design the cabinets and get back to my design roots. I also worked with him to keep it as simple as possible.
Over the past month he's been working on the plans with me and visiting the space as it has changed. Last week he began construction of the designs for the three pieces we've ended up with and which I TOTALLY LOVE.
This cabinet project has been a game changer.
In the beginning you can see that both sides of the interior bedroom had very common closets. It was a lot of storage space, but it was closing in the room. George convinced me that with one big cabinet on the left wall, I could get rid of all of these and really open up the room.
So.... I ripped out all the existing closet space...
And this is what it looks like right now with a nice open room and all the clothes sitting along the far wall waiting for a home. The space at the top of the wall is necessary for this to be a "legal" bedroom (I am told). While it's nice to get light into the room, we're going to cover it with a window for sound privacy.
The unit has winter storage up top, a bench/nook in the middle and closets and drawers on both sides for clothing, linens and shoes (below, middle). The nook is going to be the focal point with a small lamp, cushion and, perhaps, curtains.
This room needed storage and a bed, all in a tight space. We decided to make the bed a glorified window seat and have the storage go up high on the wall behind you as you walk in so that it wouldn't overwhelm the room.
This is her room right now - with George measuring for the bed frame. We need storage as you can see.
(Images: Maxwell Ryan)