BEFORE AND AFTER
Gramercy Park Gut Renovation
Steve wanted to open a doorway between his bedroom and living room but, as we developed the design, he said, "What if we just take the whole wall down?" Making the space into an open loft was a bold move that changed everything – but went against the advice of Steve's realtor, who worried about changing a one-bedroom into a studio.
But the choice was transformative: The space went from nicely scaled to expansive, connecting a bank of five windows overlooking the park. Walnut floors and tall wainscoting unites the width, while broad headers over doors emphasize the height. Pocket doors replace hinged to make it even more free-flowing. The fridge and pantry are hidden within classic millwork. With the dividing wall down there's no need for the unattractive second air conditioner, and the original casement window was restored. Handsome radiator covers are finished with bronze mesh and dark stone.
Once it was all done, Steve invited his realtor over for a look. As the broker stepped through the door he gushed, "I can get double your money for this!" But Steve's not selling.
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