Renovation | Residences

Manhattan Park Repositioning

The rental units in this postmodern apartment complex on Roosevelt Island were in need of some interior upgrades to continue to compete with fierce rental competition nearby. We started with a model apartment to show prospective renters the updated interiors. For a dramatic transformation throughout the unit, existing oak parquet flooring is sanded and refinished with a white pickling stain. Door trim & hardware is also replaced in contrasting grey and black to break away of a more typical white with brushed metal rental apartment standard. The footprint of the kitchen was slightly expanded and opened up to the adjacent living room by removing overhead cabinets and a small wall that previously divided the spaces. New cabinet space is found in a floor to ceiling pantry that also houses the microwave and dishwasher out of view from the living room. Other major appliances such as the refrigerator and range were selected in new sleek white finishes that minimize contrast next to the custom mill-work. A custom island raised off the floor on legs appears more as a floating piece of furniture which further accommodates the new fluid spatial connection between the living room and kitchen. In the bathroom a custom vanity echoes the design of the kitchen mill-work and provides similar visual lightness in small space. The floors and walls of the bathroom feature white marble tile with contrasting grey marble trim. New plumbing fixtures in timeless and practical forms with a polished chrome finish adorn the bathroom sink and shower. The new trim, fixtures & finishes, combined with minimal but effective spatial changes to the kitchen and living spaces, demonstrate how this postmodern rental unit can rise to the level of newer neighboring rental and even condo developments.


New York, NY