Manhattan Apartment Renovation | 61 Jane St

About This Renovation

Our clients purchased this ideally-located West Village apartment with the intent to renovate its outdated appearance. The goal was to create a clean and simple aesthetic, bright yet not so monochromatic as to lose all character. The clients also had specific lighting needs which required a creative solution. With that in mind, Gallery took on this Manhattan apartment renovation to update the kitchen, bathroom, and floors, as well as achieve the lighting goals and build a custom closet.

Job Type
Full Apartment Renovation
Design By Gallery
West Village, Manhattan
61 Jane St., NY, NY
10 Weeks

Recessed Lighting, Soffit-Style

The clients’ one major request was recessed lighting, born of a desire to not use floor lamps. New York City buildings, however, have restrictions against penetrating ceilings. 

In that case, one common option is to drop the existing ceiling and install the recessed lighting in that manner. That wasn’t an option in this Manhattan apartment renovation because it would have caused the top of the window to press up against the ceiling. 

Instead, Gallery built soffits along the back wall, above the couch. That way, we were able to install the recessed lighting without losing any ceiling height. A creative and attractive solution for any apartment, but especially so in a space designed for being able to put everything in its right place.

Character and Contrasts

In the kitchen, gray Shaker-style cabinets are made more practical with undercabinet lighting and more aesthetically pleasing with modern pulls for the handles. A subway tile backsplash in a chevron pattern brings personality, while the peninsula island with waterfall edge contributes further to the clean, modern look.

The clean and simple theme continued to reign in the bathroom of this Manhattan apartment renovation. Classic subway tile contrasts against the larger tile in a sandstone color that matches the vanity wood. Another contribution to the overall cleanliness was a glass-paneled shower, removing the need for curtains. A niche in the shower adds both storage space and a touch of character.

Custom Closets

One key feature in this Manhattan apartment renovation is the custom shared walk-in closet Gallery built, with individualized storage based on the needs and even specific clothes of the clients. Every type of item should have a designated storage area, rendering clutter impossible.

The clients chose this specific closet design in part for the open floor space to store shoes and the visual appeal of the floating cabinets, with open areas for hanging clothes. The cherry on top: the light is activated by whether or not the door is open, so it shuts off when the door is closed and vice versa. At Gallery, it really is all in the details.

Some Highlights

  • Soffits built to house recessed lighting in order to preserve ceiling height
  • Brand new select oak flooring with a natural stain throughout the entire apartment
  • Custom closets built to clients’ specifications and needs

Considering an apartment renovation in Manhattan? View our full portfolio of New York City renovation before and afters, learn more about Gallery KBNY, or simply contact us today. Find timely inspiration for your upcoming condo renovation via our latest piece, Condo Renovation Ideas 2023.

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 pre-war homes, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, sourcing custom pieces, building entirely new rooms (or even balconies), millwork, and all that falls in between. Let Gallery bring your dream home to life.


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Our success stories

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.”
Zoe C
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!
Irene G.
Manhattan, NY.
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!
Shivraj B.
Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY.
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
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!!
Fiki K.
Gramercy Park, Manhattan, NY.
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