Combining two apartments in New York City can be an enticing option for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons is the cost of purchasing an adjacent apartment and combining it with an existing can be more appealing than the cost of purchasing a new apartment with similar square footage, not to mention the stress of house hunting and moving. There are a number of things anyone considering an apartment combination in NYC should be aware of, a blog we wrote on this very topic can provide you with additional details.
This specific NYC apartment renovation project in a Columbus Circle co-op involved the horizontal combination of an existing one bedroom apartment with a newly purchased one bedroom unit next door. As is common with almost any project involving the adjoining of two apartments, the scope of construction included work being done in both units to ensure a uniform floor and ceiling height and the integration of the electrical system. The scope of work also included a full renovation of a kitchen, in a mid-century Scandinavian design, plus the renovation of a bathroom, new floors, doors, paint, and general carpentry work.
Combining two apartments in New York City is usually a substantial project, involving the removal of walls and significant electrical work. However it is not just the removal of the wall between the two apartments, but often times the removal of walls within the apartments to repurpose certain rooms and create the desired layout. One of the biggest challenges of removing walls is dealing with the electrical lines running through the walls that have now been removed. In apartments, a electrical lines run through conduits, which connect to outlets and junction boxes. Often times, they feed into an outlet of a different wall – in other words, removing walls along with the electrical lines and junction boxes running through them will usually affect electric supply to another part of the apartment – this was exactly the challenge we had to overcome in dealing with this apartment combination.
Adding to the challenge was not being allowed to channel electrical lines through the floors and the ceiling of both combined units, as is the norm in almost all New York City apartment buildings. In order to successfully integrate both apartments our licensed electricians had to run new circuitry and rewire the apartment in order to feed the new layout. This was a complex project involving a comprehensive electrical plan that called for channeling of walls, running new electric throughout, rebalancing the two circuit breaker boxes, and significant carpentry work once the electrical work was complete.
Our clients were split on what they wanted from the design of their newly combined apartment. On one hand, they were looking for a modern European design, on the other, they were in love with a transitional style shaker cabinet kitchen. In addition, they were looking to contrast this look with a rustic hardwood floor. With a big portion of the budget already being spent on the technical side of their renovation, our design and build team not only needed to provide a design solution that would serve a happy medium, but also source alternative flooring options that accomplish the desired look without fully breaking the bank.
During the design consultation our design team suggested incorporating elements of wood in the kitchen base cabinets and glossy white flat panel wall cabinets. The combination of the two not only tied the modern European together with the transitional, but it also sparked the mid-century Scandinavian theme throughout the rest of the apartment. With this in mind, our design and build team procured an engineered wood floor at half the cost of what a hardwood floor would cost. Adding to this, we incorporated a barn wood sliding door in the living room, giving our customers the open layout feel they want for when friends and family are over yet being able to also have privacy when needed.
Combining two apartments in New York City can be a great option with a rewarding experience, but it can also be chaotic if you do not have the right team working on your project.
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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!!