When our clients bought their home in the Morningside area, it was long overdue for a remodel. Even though the house was locked in a 1960’s time capsule—and not in the cool, retro, Mad Men way; more of the dreary and heavily wallpapered way—the new homeowners saw the potential in the layout and structure.
To start they wanted to join the segmented front rooms including the foyer, living room, dining room and kitchen by vaulting the ceiling over those areas. They also wanted all the windows replaced in these areas. When we came in to work for the client they already had a solid design layout to work from, so we helped them work on a budget and to choose finishes that worked within their budget.
We then began work on the replacement windows. For the dining room we installed a commercial quality window to allow for the floor to ceiling window the client requested. For a unique effect and added light, we also used commercial transom windows inserted into the kitchen backsplash. In the other areas we used residential windows by Pella. The entry door was replaced with a custom designed wood door with glass panels. Next we got to work on the demolition to remove all the walls that were dividing the space. Down went the old wallpaper and salmon colored walls and trim! We then opened up the ceiling to expose the joists. The original house joists were not designed for a vaulted ceiling so we re-engineered them as support beams to carry the roof load.
When the walls and ceiling were opened up it revealed the inadequacy of the insulation-newspaper doesn’t exactly cut it. Since the area was already open, we recommended using spray insulation for its long term cost effectiveness and extra insulation factors. Once that issue was addressed we finished the drywall and got to work on setting the kitchen. In the kitchen we installed custom Rosewood kitchen cabinets, Caesarstone counter tops, a mosaic travertine stone backsplash and high grade appliances and fixtures.
The end result was a complete transformation from old and dingy to modern simplicity. The homeowners feel like the newly remodeled areas represent their lifestyle and are ready to get started on an update for the rest of the house. The resident doggies, Parker and Iona, seem much more at home now too!