Look up The Albert building in New York City and you’ll find a rich history, as the famed Greenwich Village hotel-turned-apartment complex has been graced by everyone from Jim Morrison and Carly Simon to James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. The Mamas & The Papas actually wrote their evergreen classic “California Dreamin” at The Albert. That rich history resonated amidst our recent NYC apartment combination for a young family with twins, who purchased two units in the historic building in hopes of combining two apartments into one with a more modern and engaging layout that can provide balanced comfort for years to come.
The client bought a studio apartment and one bedroom apartment, plus hallway space in the commons area, to allow for the added square footage required to accommodate creating a floor plan with three bedrooms, an open dining space, two bathrooms, plus a totally new powder room and laundry space.
Beyond common complexities associated with combining apartments in NYC, the new entranceway for our apartment combination called for us to move the standpipe for the building’s sprinkler system, which meant strong coordination between our team and the building’s super, along with the local NYC fire department.
The significance of the pre-war apartment combination allowed us to build the kitchen from scratch, moving far beyond the small, narrow kitchens the previous apartments had. Our new luxury kitchen remodel is wide open and walkable, with a centerpiece island capped by a Cambria quartz countertop. Sleek Bologne cabinetry with a faceless wrought iron finish compliments the light tones throughout the free-flowing dining space, which our clients find ideal for hosting family gatherings or a much-needed night with friends only.
Our plan called for three bathrooms, but the two apartments combined only had one each, so we created an additional powder room which didn’t exist. That new powder room has an evergreen floral print wallpaper and Barclay Vessel stone sink, providing an organic, inviting feeling for the space, which will ultimately be used as a kids bathroom. The other two bathrooms are more high-end, with endless Dolomiti Pulido porcelain tile throughout the master bath and Paradise white penny-tile in the guest bath. Each space conveys a unique look and feel.
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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.
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 Aaron and Jonathan 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!
After my wife and I purchased our West Village condo, we knew a renovation was first on our list of priorities. After a thorough search and meeting numerous firms, we found Gallery Kitchen and Bath and at Gallery we met Eli who from beginning was prepared to go above and beyond other contractors we met to make sure our vision came to fruition. From start to finish, Eli and team were hands on through the decision making process, carefully stepping us through our decisions and their implications.
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 and especially our project manager Eli, 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. We immediately clicked with Peter, our project manager, and although Gallery was not the cheapest option, we chose them based on their upfront billing format, high client reviews, and depth of knowledge after speaking with Peter and Aaron. 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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