Gut renovations -- aptly named to describe the stripping down of a space to its bare bones and starting fresh, and the visceral fortitude forged with each decision leading up to the finish line -- are exhausting. But the payoff is the drama of the before and after. Particularly when the "before" describes a decrepit warren of creepy rooms that are nearly impossible to recognize as a home, the "after" feels like a hard-won victory.
In my most recent West Village project in NYC, rescuing a neglected space and updating it with new fixtures and finishes was the easy part. My clients challenged me to carve out two bedrooms and two bathrooms, an en suite master bath with double vanity, and a second bathroom with a full tub, space for a washer and dryer, a functional (although perhaps not often utilized) kitchen, dining space, ample closet space, and of course a comfortable living room -- all in just under 1000 s.f. In a coop landmarked building. Whoa.
Let's just zoom forward, past the iterations, past the approval process, past the second-guessing, past the drama with the contractor. Let's fast forward to today, where maybe we are still working out some punch list items, but where we have achieved what we set out to do.
I'm excited to share the beautiful photos, taken by Emily Sidoti.
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