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 such a project should be aware of, a blog we wrote on this very topic can provide you with additional details.
This specific apartment combination project in Columbus Circle 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. The most effective way to manage a project is to centralize the processes under one roof — and that’s exactly where Gallery Kitchen & Bath brings the most value to our customers. As a design, selection, and build firm that specializes in the renovation of apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn, we have a wide range of experience working on these projects. And we handle everything so you don’t have to.
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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 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.
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.”
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!!
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.