800 square feet may seem like a vast amount of room to most New Yorkers, but in the case of this post-war Upper West Side apartment, a segmented layout was making the available space feel unnecessarily cramped and confined. New York City-based CHUA Group was called in to retool the Manhattan home to feel more spacious and make more sense for a growing family. Read on for pics of the apartment's airy new floorplan.
The first step in the renovation process was to open the space completely by gutting the interior and removing the existing bedrooms walls. By replacing the walls with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, the residents have optimal flexibility to convert the apartment into a one- or two-bedroom.
During the renovation process, the architects focused on strategic use of lighting to give the interior a bright, open feel. Lighting fixtures throughout the home were kept simple to continue with the minimalist interior design scheme, and natual light was enhanced where possible. The architects also removed the dividing wall between the kitchen and the living room to bring more natural light into the living area, which also highlights the brushed pearl bamboo flooring.
The apartment has a number of space-saving strategies to help keep it as clutter-free as possible. Around the home, custom-made shelving was installed to help with storage. In the kitchen, sophisticated custom-made walnut panels hide all of the appliances. The dark wood millwork complements the countertops, backsplash, and upper cabinets, which were all made from 100% recycled black paperstone.
Doesn’t the space seem much larger than its 800 square feet with these design upgrades?
Via Design Milk
Photography by Matthew Chua and Vincent Chin Photography