Four units in this existing six unit tenement building in Ridgewood were gut renovated to create three bedroom apartments that are intended to be used by room-mates. The bedrooms are relatively small, but each has ample storage space and natural light. We’ve created a central kitchen space that has all the amenities such as dishwasher, washer / dryer, and plenty of cabinetry and counter space. By reclaiming some public hallway space for the apartments, we opened up this inner space and designed an integrated kitchen and shared living room, with the aim of creating a social space at the center of each apartment. The existing interior shaft of the building allows ample natural light to filter into these central spaces, and our focus on light finishes helps to create very inviting and bright rooms. There is one shared bathroom that has a lot of storage space as well and it too gets natural light from a small window. We endeavored to keep as many of the building’s beautiful original details such as the public stair railing and select existing door moldings, and exposed brickwork at the party walls to introduce texture into an otherwise very clean and modern design.
The public hallways too - formerly all dark brown finishes and gloomy lighting - were given a facelift, with a focus on brightening the space whilst keeping it easy to maintain and durable. The cellar was renovated to include storage spaces for each apartment, bicycle storage and a small gym area. The original old wood door at the building’s main entry was painted blue.
Construction began in August and was completed in December 2016.
Photos of the finished building by Peter Dressel.