The owner of this co-op on the cusp of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens always wanted a Farmhouse kitchen. When the long-needed makeover was finally ready, there were ample areas to update. The existing kitchen was too dark and did not jive with the planned aesthetic. The bathroom was dated, dimly lit, and lacked storage. Meanwhile the laundry area was cramped and had electrical outlet’s in all the wrong places.
Gallery KBNY undertook this NYC condo renovation which included a full gut renovation of the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. In the bathroom we incorporated a modern fully-custom floating vanity, black hexagon floor tiles, and white subway wall tiles. To give the bathroom texture we incorporated a Carrara marble accent wall in a herringbone pattern. Lastly, we added recessed lighting and an Edison bulb light fixture above the recessed medicine cabinet, giving this bathroom everything that it needed – light, storage, and stylish transitional aesthetic.
The original kitchen design lacked warmth, held back by dated dark wood cabinets and minimal lighting. Our enlightened Manhattan kitchen renovation included white shaker semi-custom shaker cabinets with under-cabinet lighting to compliment the light wood flooring, an apron farmhouse sink, and a glossy subway tile backsplash in a chevron pattern that shines through the design.
Sometimes, owners can’t exactly pinpoint the exact source of their discontent. That’s where skillful designers come in. At Gallery, not only do we design, and not only do we build, but we also help lead design discussions with clients, who may or may not know where to start. That’s what happened in the consultation for this Carroll Gardens bathroom renovation.
This wasn’t a very small bathroom. The physical size of the layout was fine, and, in fact, Gallery’s team didn’t change the square footage at all during this NYC condo renovation. So why did the owner feel cramped?
Answer: The lighting. Or, more accurately, the lack of light. The lack of design contrast didn't help the situation, either. Every element had vaguely the same color tone and value. Instead of feeling cohesive or stylishly monochromatic, the sameness was stifling.
To kick off the bathroom remodel process of our condo renovation, Gallery’s designer showed our client an assortment of bathroom floor tiles, shower wall patterns, and bathroom tiles and finishes for the main walls. Each time, she made her decision quickly, instantly pointing to the patterns that felt perfect.
She chose a gray-on-white chevron pattern for the shower wall, which showcases its entire expanse through the new clear glass show panel. The floor’s dark gray hexagons were easy to pick, as were the wall’s glossy white subway tiles.
The new assortment of whites, shiny glass shower wall, and minimalist sink made the bathroom feel brighter and airier. But what came next brought those qualities to the next level.
Light, and lots of light, coming from brighter, whiter, more artfully installed bulbs than the previous selections. Instead of a couple yellow-tinted light bulbs screwed into old-fashioned fixtures, the current bathroom boasts multiple white lights, all beaming down from modern fixtures with subtle silhouettes. Together, the assortment completely revolutionizes the room’s mood, helping the space feel clean, upbeat, and easy-to-use.
Next, the team tore out the existing sink. In place, the builders installed a floating vanity, which completely hides the previously exposed plumbing, adds storage, and helps make the room feel more expansive. The floating effect comes from installation in the wall, which trades industrial-looking legs for a bit of empty space and shadow. The flat panel façade itself has a modern, almost Scandinavian feel, and the warm wood contrasts against a new white color palette.
Though technically outside the bathroom, one of the coolest updates in this NYC condo renovation was the repositioning of the nearby laundry room. By shifting its placement relative to the bathroom, Gallery designers were able to increase the functionality of both spaces. As a result of this build, the flow is more intuitive and natural, which instantly makes the space ready to take care of essentials.
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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.”
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!
Worked with the Gallery Team to do a full gut renovation of our home. As a young family we wanted a more modern and open layout but needed a practical and functional layout which the Gallery Team worked with us to design. They were very helpful through the entire process and worked with us each step of the way with great responsiveness and care for our project. They were helpful but not pushy through the design process and efficient through the construction process. They maintained open lines of dialogue and we are very happy with the way our home turned out. Thank you Gallery!
From the start, we wanted a crew that could do full service (design and build). After looking at some other designs, we really liked what Gallery offered in way of aesthetics. Then, during the entire process, the team was all over it! Issues always come up, but it’s how these guys handled them that make me here writing a positive review. Can’t recommend them highly enough
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.
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!!