ABOUT THIS PROJECT

This Soho loft renovation is located in the cast iron historic district. The owners of this loft apartment hired Gallery Kitchen and Bath to renovate their kitchen and bathroom while also replacing their hardwood flooring, adding an HVAC system and custom built-ins in the living room. As is the case with many loft renovations throughout Manhattan, there are certain design challenges that exist due to present columns and ceiling heights. Adding an HVAC system into a loft also presents an additional challenge both from an aesthetic and building board compliance standpoint. For example, working with the existing columns in the loft without having them obstruct the swings of the kitchen cabinets or the overall layout of the kitchen. Another challenge in this renovation was adding an HVAC system while finding a place to hide the air handler in an open space without taking away from the ceiling height – all while complying with the buildings board alteration requirements.

 

DESIGNER
Eli Z.
LOCATION
SOHO, NY
SQUARE FOOT
1500
DURATION
14 weeks

BEFORE: THE DESIGN CHALLENGE

The original kitchen in this soho loft was not just outdated but lacked functionality due to the cooktop being located in the corner of the island while directly being located in front of the refrigerator. In addition to this, since our customer wanted to install a central HVAC system but did not want to go with split units created an additional challenge. Our design and build team knew that by installing round ducts throughout the loft space would aesthetically work, the issue however was figuring out where to hide the air handler without having to sacrifice the 12 foot ceiling space in this loft.

Luckily, this particular building did not have restrictions on condensers being placed on the roof, so we knew we had the issue of where to place the condenser handled. Installing the air handler while having it hidden from sight was an entirely different challenge.

 

DURING: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

To solve the design challenge in this Soho kitchen renovation while also ensuring that we were creating an aesthetically pleasing space for our customer was not a small feat. In the kitchen, it was important for us to plan that the sink does not fall in front of the column and that none of the kitchen cabinet door swings or drawers became obstructed. By moving the sink to the right we ensured that our customers would not feel claustrophobic in their new kitchen. To solve for the cabinet and drawer door swings, we installed fully custom flat panel kitchen cabinets that were precisely measured and built specifically for this kitchen. Lastly, the cooktop was moved to the island while being upgraded to an electric induction cooktop. This not only improved the functionality and design of this kitchen but also served as a workaround of the buildings restrictions on rerouting gas plumbing lines through the floor.

With the kitchen being complete, what about the outstanding issue of where to place the air handler? Staying true to the ceiling height of the loft, it did not make any sense to bring the ceiling height down in the kitchen or living room to accommodate the air handler. Since we were also renovating the bathroom, our design and build team lowered the ceiling height in the bathroom to 9.5 feet. This was done to allow room for the air handler to be installed while simultaneously hiding the access panel in the adjacent closet, completely absent from any view.

THE FINISH

Rounding out the completion of this soho loft renovation was the bathroom. Incorporating a white modern bathroom with a touch of accent wall tiles in a herringbone pattern brought texture to the space. Our design team also incorporated a custom niche to further create texture in the mostly white modern bathroom, all while solving for storage.

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

Jason C.

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

I hired Gallery Kitchen & Bath after interviewing 3 or 4 other top rated companies. It was my first time dealing with contractors for a job this size so I was anxious, and my main criteria in gauging the companies was their ability to listen, communicate, and of course if they’re trustworthy…in retrospect, signing with with was the right decision and we are very happy with the results.

Vlad S.

Long Island City, Queens, NY.

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.”

Zoe C.

Upper West Side, Manhattan, NY.

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.

Jane M.

Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY.

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!!

Fifi K.

Gramercy Park, Manhattan, NY.

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.

Jonathan O.

West Village, Manhattan, NY.

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