Style on a Budget: Combining Two Pre-War Apartments

Style on a Budget: Combining Two Pre-War Apartments

Aaron Able
Apr 24, 2009

The newest Great Rooms feature from Wendy Goodman and New York Magazine shows us the apartment of photographer Annie Schlechter and bookbinder Russell Maret — it's a budget-conscious renovation on the Upper East side that combined a studio and a one-bedroom. But the story gets more interesting because (surprise!) the two apartments were in different buildings that were combined in the 1940s...

After initial demolition and scraping away the plaster, the owners and their architect, Joe Serrins, discovered mismatched ceiling heights and a parapet wall — which, due to budget, they embraced in the final design. Our favorite part? The creative and inexpensive kitchen renovation:

We didn't have the budget to do a fancy lacquered job," Serrins says. The cabinets and countertops were done on the cheap with plywood and Formica, but that's a plus, he adds. "The surfaces have a patina that I think feels very New York.".

Check out the full story and more pictures at New York Magazine: Wild Blue Yonder.

(Images: Annie Schlechter)

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