A few surgical interventions dramatically changed the use of this Upper East Side apartment. The apartment overlooked the gorgeously landscaped inner courtyard of a landmarked building. But it had no laundry room and no central AC. The flooring was a mishmash of types and levels. And the small kitchen was hidden down a long hall by the servants’ quarters.
We doubled the size of the kitchen for a whole family to use, giving it two windows and connecting it directly to the dining room. The countertops and backsplashes are charcoal gray concrete. Now, you get a long view from the kitchen all the way to the living room windows.
We tucked a laundry room into the hall to the service door, with a tackboard wall and 9′ of countertop. The servants’ quarters are now a guest room and a home office. Every room has new bookshelves and narrow oak flooring. And the new central air system is completely hidden behind and above closets.