Upper West Side Apartment Renovation

Firm Credit: Lynn Fritzlen Architect

This generous studio apartment is located in a landmark building designed by Architect Emory Roth in the 1930s. It remains as charming today as when originally built. The thoughtful and livable floor plan has a perfect balance of privacy, views and functionality. The scope of the work maintained the existing plan and included a new kitchen, doors, finishes, closet interiors, lighting, window coverings and furnishings.
Design Features
The kitchen optimizes storage and counterspace by utilizing compact European appliances including a built-in Blomberg refrigerator, extra quiet Bosch 18” dishwasher, and Bertazzoni oven range. A combination Haier Microhood (microwave, fan and light) sits over the range. A soft palette of colors from Farrow and Ball cover the existing plaster walls that were sanded and patched. New doors and hardware were replaced in a style reminiscent of the original appointments. Both built-ins and free-standing furniture were added for added storage. A new walnut armoire by Matera adds sorely needed closet space for coats and winter clothes.
Sustainable Practices
This project took careful consideration to maximize space and usability while limiting demolition, which would damage the existing original features of this 1930s apartment. Limited demolition was accomplished by preserving existing structural and mechanical systems and many of the existing architectural features. All lighting was replaced with high efficiency LED lamps and the new appliances and plumbing fixtures use energy and water saving technologies.

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