Manhattan Classic 8 Pre-War Apartment Renovation | 255 West 108th

About This Renovation

This project was a full home renovation of an Upper West Side classic 8 pre-war apartment, meaning we updated all the flooring, renovated the kitchen, bathrooms, closets, and office space, then painted throughout. The cherry on top: we maintained and enhanced the pre-war charm with restoration and refinishing work throughout the apartment.

Job Type
Full Pre-War Apartment Renovation
Design By Gallery
Upper West Side, Manhattan
The Manchester, 255 West 108th St. NY, NY
5 months

Design Details

An aesthetic and architectural gem, this classic 8 (a 7 with an extra laundry room to make 8), boasts ten foot ceilings, French doors, a wood-paneled dining room, and a generally well-maintained structure. But certain elements, like most of the previous kitchen, were entirely out of character with the historic charm inherent to the appeal of many pre-war apartments.

To bring the entire space into design sync, we crafted a transitional style to match the original details, refinishing and restoring the moldings and other fine details while bringing in modern touches where needed.

Pre-War Particulars

The clients have a big family, so the space needed to be reconfigured to accommodate that, at least in part. Alongside the new floors, in-set cabinetry with glass panels, and classic tile backsplash, we built a dining nook right into the kitchen. 

The parents are both busy professionals, so a functional and aesthetically pleasing home office area was key. To that end, we rejuvenated the existing space with fresh wallpaper, refinished woodwork, and built-in bookshelves. 

The bathroom received a luxe gray palette with a transitional vanity and contrasting, eye-catching marble basketweave tile on the floor from New York design favorite Classic Tile & Marble.

Off Site, On Line

JobTracker, our mobile app and communication tool, played an important role in this classic 8 pre-war apartment renovation. The family was living off-site and used it to stay up to date with the project. As is typical in our renovations, we handled all project management, architectural drawings and filings and building management and board approvals – making it more important than ever to make sure all the latest info was always shared in JobTracker.

Some Highlights

  • New hardwood floors throughout, including a specialty herringbone cut from raw unfinished whIte oak
  • Custom built-ins in various places throughout the apartment, including closets in the bedrooms, bookshelves in the home office, and the dining nook in the kitchen 
  • Mosaic tile-cladded fireplace – non-functional, but now aesthetically pleasing
  • Refinished French doors and restored moldings throughout

Considering a pre-war apartment renovation in NYC? View our portfolio of pre-war apartment renovation before and afters, learn more about Gallery, or 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 offer the expertise required to maximize the timeless details of your pre-war apartment.


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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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