This post-war apartment is the home of a painter/restauranteur,
his journalist wife, and their teenage daughter. It is made up of two bedrooms
and two bathrooms with a spaceous living room and cozy office off the master bedroom.
Before they bought the apartment it had been converted from a one bedroom
and a two bedroom apartment, but the space was awkward and in poor condition.
The biggest challenge were the relatively low (9 foot or less) ceilings which
are typical of post war apartment buildings in New York. Another typical feature
of these "white brick" buildings is 6'-8" high doors with narrow metal bucks and
low "clam shell" baseboards. To increase the sense of height, we replaced all
the 6'-8" doors and jambs with 8' doors in jambs that ran all the way to the ceiling,
and we removed the baseboards completely.
To make the space seem larger
and more continous, we used build-in furniture as much as possible, and to make
the space flow together, we eliminated as many walls as we could and made an open
Kitchen/Living/Dining area that ties into the Master Bedroom with one continuous,
wide-board oak floor.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Richard Baronio
Thomas Garcia Woodworking
GENERAL CONSTRUCTION: Richard Baronio & Associates