Brooklyn Loft Renovation | 70 Washington St

About This Renovation

For this Brooklyn loft renovation, we updated the kitchen and bathrooms. The space was overall in fine shape – not pre-war or in estate-condition – but it was a bit dated and didn't match our client’s style, which gravitated toward color and texture. To bring the loft into the 21st century, we designed the kitchen around natural elements while enhancing functionality with storage-centric built-ins, plus provided two total bathroom remodels.

Job Type
Kitchen & Multi-Bathroom Renovation
Design By Gallery
Dumbo, Brooklyn
70 Washington St., Brooklyn, NY
10 Weeks

As Midcentury Modern As You Can Get

It quickly became apparent that midcentury modern was the prevailing aesthetic for this Brooklyn loft kitchen renovation. Some elements are more straightforwardly modern, such as the functional modular four-in-one kitchen sink that’s also a cutting board, vegetable prep station, and colander, while the patterned ceramic tiles are a classic midcentury modern motif. Custom cabinets take advantage of the naturally tall loft ceilings, with pure white Caesarstone quartz countertops to balance the design.

Built-Ins to Last

Another important goal was to enhance the kitchen’s functionality through strategic built-ins that are virtually hidden into the design. A favorite is a little stand we built right into the island, containing extra outlets to charge iPhones or other devices. Custom hooks were also built into the sides of the cabinets for additional hanging storage. The pantry at one end of the kitchen is anchored by the refrigerator on the other side, opening the design up into the entire space.

Grout Be Gone

In the master bathroom, a 5-piece, the design aesthetic took on a more decidedly modern approach. The client wanted to avoid grout, so we chose really large porcelain tiles that resemble slabs of marble. The large tiles eliminate grout for a sleek look, while the porcelain offers the luxe look of marble without the heavy-duty upkeep. To break up the veining a bit, a section of the shower wall was covered with subway tiles for clean contrast. We continued the sleek and modern look in the powder room, with natural stone onyx floor tiles bringing in a touch of visual interest. 

Learn the lingo: an X-piece bathroom refers to the amount of plumbing points, so a 3-piece is typically a toilet, vanity, and one shower/tub/combo; a 4-piece is a toilet, vanity, separate shower, and separate tub; and a 5-piece is a toilet, shower, tub, and dual vanity.

The COVID Factor

Construction on this project was set to begin at the end of March last year, so you can imagine what happened: of course, it didn’t. During the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining consistent communication with our clients became more important than ever.

In the case of this project, all the design work was completed, materials purchased, and permits pulled, so there was absolutely nothing we could do but wait. We were then and are now always committed to seeing our projects through, but the worldwide uncertainty at the time was itself a challenge. Luckily, we were able to promptly begin construction on this project in July and finished only a few months later.

Some Highlights

  • Modular four-in-one Julien SmartStation sink
  • Custom built-ins to maximize functionality and provide additional storage
  • Unique ceramic patterned tile kitchen backsplash
  • Dual vanity with a walnut finish in the master bathroom
  • Wall-mounted, high-efficiency Toto toilets with automatic open-and-close lids and self-cleaning features in both bathrooms

Considering a loft renovation in NYC? View our portfolio of loft renovation before and afters, learn more about Gallery, or simply contact us today.

We are an award-winning design-build firm in New York City with a full-service approach to residential renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn that includes everything from interior design and architectural services to facilitating building management and board approval, to construction and construction management. We’re experts in renovating kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, millwork, and all that falls in between. Let Gallery bring your dream loft renovation to life.


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Forget about any horror story you have heard about contractors. Stop right here. This is the design-build contractor you want to HIRE. It was a breeze working with Gallery on our apartment combination project. We looked at quiet a few design-build companies and chose Gallery because of the great communication and the fact that they were able to manage material purchasing and product selection for us. They were honest, took responsibility and pride in their work.”
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Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY.
Gallery did a gut renovation of the two extremely dated bathrooms in our 1940 Bayside home. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results! The process from beginning to end was facilitated by their team, who came up with great design ideas and suggestions. They were always on top of the project and responded to our questions/problems quickly, with 100% resolution. I would not hesitate to recommend them!
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Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY.
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Jason C
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.
I enthusiastically recommend Gallery, who did a superb job renovating our once decrepit 2-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights. The project involved a full kitchen and bathroom renovation, as well as new electrical, refinished floors, new doors, new baseboards, and some rearranged bedroom closets. What is more, when I have them the wrong paint color for my daughter’s bedroom, and the team started to paint that color, they got the paint I wanted and corrected the “mistake” (which has actually been my mistake) and didn’t charge me for that either. I’d choose them again 100 times over and definitely recommend them to anyone considering a similar project.
Jane M
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
We interviewed about 8 different companies before hiring a contractor for our apartment renovations. Although Gallery was not the cheapest option, we chose them based on their upfront billing format, high client reviews, and depth of knowledge. We loved how it was a “one stop shop” and were paying one bill, up front. Everything was very transparent and we could not be happier with the results! Our apartment looks exactly how we imagined. Thank you!!
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Gramercy Park, Manhattan, NY.
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