This traditional one bedroom co-op apartment was brimming with potential. A major kitchen overhaul anchored the project. The scope included demolition of an existing galley style kitchen, removal of walls and a lowered ceiling to make way for a spacious new kitchen layout with ample storage. Major upgrades included a new pantry closet, dishwasher and stack-able washer and dryer. Other aspects included a bathroom renovation, updated electrical, recessed lighting and fixtures throughout, new upholstery and custom furniture.
Completed Kitchen Renovation
Before: Main Entry Perspective
The circulation of the hallway felt jarring, cramped and clutered.
Completed Renovation: Main Entry Perspective
The first thing you see as you enter the apartment is the new galley style kitchen. Notice the built-in TV which frees up precious counter space. The clients are pleased with their new BLUESTAR 30" Gas Range Stove, MIELE 18" Dishwasher and 24" ventless Washer and Dryer, and LIEBHERR 30" Refrigerator.
Before: Living Room Perspective
Notice the soffit that used to float above the corner bookshelf. We incorporated that into the new layout to make it less conspicuous. The coat closet you see has been reallocated closer to the main entry door.
Completed Renovation: Living Room Perspective
Completed Renovation: 2nd Living room Perspective
Before: Galley Kitchen
The clients enjoy watching television while cooking but there old TV took up precious counter space. Every surface was covered with kitchen utensils, jars, spices, glasses pots and pans. Notice how the kitchen was enclosed by a lowered ceiling and a partition wall to create a separate entry hallway space.
Before: Kitchen Floor
The tile was replaced with wood flooring to match the existing oak floors. The kitchen and entry hallway that were once two smaller areas have been consolidated into a single integrated space.
Cabinets for Days...
This rendering illustrates the expansiveness of the new kitchen cabinetry. The sage green base cabinets define the kitchen and add contrast and personality. Glass cabinet doors and an open shelf for cookbooks also add character and a focal point that is visible from the living room. The counter is versatile and can be used as a buffet during the holidays.
A peek inside...
During the initial design phase of the project, this rendering really helped the clients understand how the space could be utilized. The cabinet system is flanked with a new stack able washer/dryer on the left and a pantry cabinet on the far right. There are several drawers, a dishwasher and ample cabinetry. The upper most cabinets can be used for seasonal storage, luggage and anything you can think of. This is particularly helpful in a small apartment that has limited store space.
NYC Bathroom Renovation
This small bathroom had limited storage and felt dated. The room was completely gutted and everything was replaced. While the layout remained the same, we made a few small changes that made a huge impact- such as replacing a sink cabinet with a pedestal sink, adding niches in the shower, and adding hidden wall cabinetry above the toilet. We juxtaposed traditionally styled plumbing fixtures with modern tile materials and format. The final result is a very comfortable bathroom that feels fresh yet timeless.
Completed Bathroom Renovation
Shower niches provide ample storage and add a decorative element.
The old radiator was also upgraded to this beautiful towel warmer. The glass door knob adds charm- a favorite detail of the clients.
Brooklyn Bedroom Renovation
This light filled bedroom was originally half the size. A galley kitchen and a smaller bedroom were combined to make this beautiful room complete with a built-in home office and black-out curtains. There are two entrances to the bedroom which allow the overall circulation of the space to flow from one room to the next.
Originally, A galley kitchen and a small bedroom were separated by a wall that intersected the double windows you see here.
The headboard of the bed is located on the wall where the galley kitchen used to be! Above the bed is a painting by artist C Bangs entitled Sunna's Cycle. Ripple curtains add form and function to elevate the room. They block out light and sound and also help to insulate the room from outdoor temperatures.
The home office has a floating cherry desk and a hidden closet. An antique oscillating fan adds character and functionality. This is a great solution for spaces where a ceiling fan or central AC is not an option.
There are two entrances to the bedroom to allow for a circular floor plan. This improves air circulation and adds longer sight lines to make the apartment feel more spacious. Floating bookshelves add ample storage without feeling bulky. They feel airy and light in the space.
Brooklyn Kitchen Renovation
This kitchen renovation is part of a full gut renovation of a compact 550 sq. ft. One bedroom apartment located in Brooklyn, NY. The scope of work included relocation of the kitchen as well as new electrical and plumbing throughout. A comfortably sized bedroom was created by relocating the kitchen to an area in the living room close to the entry hall.
The closets near the entry hall were removed to make way for a new kitchen.
Framing during construction
A new soffit and a four and a half foot wide partition wall were created to frame the new kitchen. It separates the kitchen from the living room without closing them off from one another.
The kitchen floor plan is compact yet spacious. The fridge is hidden from view behind the TV wall. Recessed lighting illuminate the space and the entry hallway also doubles as a breakfast nook.
A dining table fits in the corner of the living room. One can pass through the kitchen entry behind the TV wall without obstructing anyones view.
Brooklyn Bathroom Renovation
This bathroom was completely renovated. The original bathroom was a typical Brooklyn bathroom that had been neglected over many years. The remodel transformed the room into a modern day oasis incorporating a walk-in glass shower, hidden cabinetry, and a custom vanity cabinet.
A major overhaul and a new layout were needed to turn this dated bathroom into a modern oasis. The transformation is wonderfully dramatic!
It's hard to believe that this is the same bathroom! The tub was removed to make way for a spacious walk in shower. The toilet was also relocated to maximize the space. A tempered glass wall ensures that the room always feels open and airy.
The wall on the left is a series of hidden storage cabinets for toiletries, towels as well as a broom closet. The doors are made of corian.
A built in niche provides a shaving mirror and a focal point in the shower.
This shower has a custom stainless steel shower pan and a trough drain
This rendering conveys how a small bathroom can be maximized in luxury!
Home Office Storage Solutions
This home office in the West Village neighborhood needed a simple and attractive storage solution. Bamboo plywood is an Eco friendly material that looks amazing!
Custom Bamboo Storage Cabinets
Small Kitchen Renovation
This townhouse apartment building was destroyed by hurricane Sandy. The basement was flooded and the apartments were destroyed. The owner wanted to make the building safe, inhabitable and attractive without spending a fortune. This is the result.
Hurricane Sandy left a destructive mess in it's wake.
This room was completely flooded and needed a new floor.
The floor is patched and the kitchen is in progress.
This turned out to be a great little kitchen filled with storage and style.
Roof Deck Before
This room had extensive water damage from a slow leak prior to the Hurricane. The sub floor was replaced and the exterior leaks were patched and waterproofed.
Better than ever.
HLN Project Home
For many renters in New York City, what you see is what you get -- even if that means old paint, cracks in the walls and outdated fixtures.
Interior Designer Ryan James steps in to show viewers on HLN Project Home Series what is possible on a limited budget in a rental apartment.
All it takes is a some motivation and a little creativity to get some bang for your buck! A skim coat of joint compound, a paint job and some colorful accents and fixtures can go a long way to transform any space!
HLNTV Project Home Segment
Brooklyn bathroom gets serious upgrade
reglazing the tub
Lefferts-Gardens Bathroom Renovation
This Brooklyn bathroom needed a serious update! The removal of the existing stand up shower maximized the floor space in this small bathroom. The new design kept a traditional feeling by using subway tile and contrasted with modern fixtures and finishes for a fresh new look. This update is clean and simple!
Before & After
The pedestal sink was replaced with a modern wall mount sink. A hanging sconce replaced the wall mounted one.
Before & After
Initially, this bathroom had a separate shower and tub. Consolidating them into the tub area really opened up the space and provided an area for much needed storage.
Before & After
New plumbing and shower trim were installed in the tub to allow for both bathing and showering in one location. The old burgundy tub was resurfaced to a bright white porcelain glaze finish.