Manhattan Condo Renovation At The Chelsea Mercantile | 252 Seventh Ave

About This Renovation

This sizable Manhattan renovation found us overhauling a previously-combined two-unit condo in The Chelsea Mercantile, an iconic 19-story pre-war building in Chelsea. Our clients, a couple with three small children, acquired the enlarged 252 Seventh Avenue residence with an aim to blend modern comfort with the charm of yesteryear.

With a growing family and an expanded unit as their canvas, their renovation aspirations welcomed a more open and functional layout, requiring outside the box structural planning. While redefining the kitchen's placement and converting a portion of the original living area into a new third bedroom were central to the renovation, considerable attention was also dedicated to fully upgrading three bathrooms. Every detail, including finishes, trims, lighting, and ceilings, underwent careful consideration to enhance the overall living experience.


Job Type
Full Pre-War Condo Renovation
DESIGNER
Design By Gallery
LOCATION
Chelsea, Manhattan
Building/Street
252 Seventh Ave New York, NY
SQUARE FOOT
4,400
DURATION
8 Months

Kitchen Relocation Allows Expanded Living Room

The original layout upon purchase essentially had two kitchens, so we removed a partition that originally divided the two apartments prior to being combined and completely eliminated one kitchen altogether, allowing us to add a spacious living room and create more of an overall open floor plan. We also dropped the ceiling in the main living area to remove exposed beams from the prior ownership and refine the room design.

FENIX Kitchen With Centerpiece Island & Specialty Downdraft

With a singular custom-fitted kitchen space to work with, the possibilities were endless when considering design and placement. Our clients like to cook and knew they wanted lots of space, so we provided them with a massive island as the centerpiece to the space, which we built up to three inches to create a thicker appearance for the elegant and calm gray Armani Silver marble countertop. 

The sleek, uniform kitchen cabinets are built from an innovative interior material called FENIX, which is not painted, fingerprint-resistant and won’t dull over time, offering a sleek yet durable environment that can withstand wear and tear for years to come.

The kitchen is also outfitted with various state of the art stainless steel Wolf appliances, including a 15-inch induction Teppanyaki cooktop on the island along with a really slick built-in recirculating downdraft vent that is retractable with the push of a button. 

To illuminate the reconfigured culinary sanctuary, we also added new lighting, including a stunning matte chrome Fairfax chandelier. Behind the scenes, we also installed new fixtures, fittings, branch pipe, shut-off valves, and waterproofing behind the floor and wall tiles.


Floor Leveling With 4,400 Square Feet Of New Flooring

Typically when tasked with replacing flooring, the request is fairly straightforward. However, because this pre-war condo was a combination of two units, removing the old flooring unveiled uneven heights between the spaces. This meant we had to properly level the concrete floor slabs below before installing new flooring above. Once completed, we implemented 4,400 square feet of new flooring to keep everything consistent. We chose Riva Floors White Pearl Engineered Flooring, which offer uniform seven-foot-long planks that significantly reduce the appearance of seams and create an illusion of like one large floating space.

Three Bathroom Renovations

We revamped three out of four bathrooms in the project. In the en suite bathroom, we replaced the regular dropping tub with a freestanding one, requiring a four-inch platform for plumbing accommodation, creating a unique visual appeal. The shower in the en suite was also reconfigured for additional space, responding to the client's specific request to enhance their shower experience.

The overall aesthetic aimed for modern minimalism, with a touch of elegance in the powder room, featuring a stunning cascade chandelier and textured tile. The en suite bathroom showcased a blend of two finishes, brass and black, complementing the brass inlay in the tile. Plumbing fixtures embraced an all-black theme, while light fixtures artfully combined black and brass. The clever use of iridescent tiles added a delightful touch to the childrens’ bath, repeating in the shade of wall lights, creating an atmosphere that's both clean and simple yet captivatingly stylish.

Additional Highlights 

  • Because existing electrical service was not adequate for the proposed load, we replaced and enhanced the circuit breaker box 
  • Redesigned and rebuilt laundry room
  • All plumbing fixtures removed and relocated

Considering a condo or co-op renovation in NYC? For timely inspiration, consider our latest article, Condo Renovation Ideas 2024. View our portfolio of co-op & condo renovation before and afters, learn more about Gallery, or simply contact us today.

Gallery is 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 us bring your dream home 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!
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!
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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!!
Fiki K.
Gramercy Park, Manhattan, NY.
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