It's every New Yorker's dream scenario: being able to buy out the apartment next to yours to create a residence with double the space. Dwell recently featured the work of designer Sarah Zames from Brooklyn-based General Assembly Design, who seamlessly fused two one-bedroom apartments in Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill into one breathtaking home full of reclaimed materials and locally-sourced design touches.
After combining the two top floor apartments into one spacious 1,400-square-foot home, Zames said the project was a “massive reorganization”. With constant input from the California transplant homeowners, Zames initiated the design by dividing the apartment into two directions. Blending the two distinct spaces was key, but separating the functional elements inside the home like the bedroom and office was essential in order to provide more room for the open-concept living area.
“There’s a long ‘utility spine’ that runs through the space,” Zames said. “Anything on one side of it is functional — kitchen, baths, elevator — and has a darker palette; the other side is brighter and more open.”
The spaces are divided mainly by materials and color; raw and industrial materials on one side of the home and warmer textures and colors in the living areas. The public spaces were kept a bright sterile white, but the bedroom’s dark blue ceiling gives it a soothing feel. The hallway, however, screams for attention thanks to the colorful wallpaper from Brooklyn’s own Flavor Paper. Throughout the home, reclaimed oak flooring complements the different styles of the home.
Although fusing the two apartments did provide more square feet for the home, space-saving techniques like a cool cabinet under a built-in desk that opens into a fold-out bed for guests helped to maximize the floorplan even more. In the kitchen, which has beautiful views of the city, custom-made cabinetry by Henrybuilt hides most of the appliances, giving the space a clean, uncluttered look.