After spending many years patching up a rental they lived in together, two architects decided to purchase their very own fixer-upper on the top floor of an 1890s brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Having fallen in love with the view of the Hudson River, high ceilings, and the fact that the apartment hadn’t been touched since the ‘60s, Kate and Arthur embraced the cozy new home to make <500-square-foot feel significantly bigger. The couple came to Sweeten to find a team to help them reconfigure walls, add space to the kitchen, and renovate the bath.
First on their list, they made a few alterations to the floorplan. By moving the wall separating the living room from the kitchen/bathroom area, they were able gain an extra foot-and-a-half of space in the kitchen.
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After moving the wall between the kitchen and living areas, Kate and Arthur were able to configure an L-shaped--which was critical in adding a full height refrigerator, full height pantry, and an 18” dishwasher. They opted for a minimalist black and white aesthetic, with dark black-green cabinets, and a dark soapstone counter.
In the bathroom they replaced the tub with a wet room--an open shower without curtains or doors--though a wing wall keeps water from splashing out. For tiling, they picked a tiny copper ceramic mosaic tile for the floor, shower curb and base, and a creamy white elongated tile for the walls.
By demolishing a loft bed and combining the small bedroom closet with an adjacent coat closet, they were able to open up the bedroom and create more storage (all concealed by a ceiling height gold curtain).