This contemporary wharf-side condominium is in a converted warehouse that once stored trade goods

view of the apartment featuring  a built ceiling, floor, flooring, furniture, hardwood, interior design, living room, lobby, real estate, room, wall, wood flooring, brown, gray
view of the apartment featuring a built in banquette and glass top table that comfortably seats 8 people

Old, exposed brick walls and huge, heavy ceiling beams are among the features that can make an old warehouse particularly appealing. However, in the process of conversion to apartments, these very features may also provide a challenge.

To convert this old warehouse on Boston's Commercial Wharf into a luxury condominium, interior designer Marcia Summers worked closely with the staff at Woodmeister Corporation.

Within the converted warehouse are large, open-plan living areas in a casual, contemporary style, with views of the water and marina. Wood beamed ceilings and painted brick walls are left exposed to create a mix of old world Boston and today's modern amenities.

view of the drybar made by woodmeister chest of drawers, floor, furniture, hardwood, hearth, sideboard, wall, wood stain, black, white
view of the drybar made by woodmeister

As part of the project, challenges for Woodmeister and Summers included out-of-plumb walls and antiquated systems that needed updating without detracting from the charm of the original building.

To do this, special electrical wire chases were created in the baseboards, HVAC ductwork was incorporated into cabinetry and hidden in storage areas, and special details were created to blend into the existing features. Woodmeister fabricated the custom cabinetry in smaller units, which were then installed to fit perfectly around exposed sprinkler pipes, bricks and ceiling beams.

In addition, the homeowners wanted extra storage areas while maintaining the building's special features. Storage cabinets were fabricated by Woodmeister to divide the space and create more intimacy in the open-plan apartment. A pantry, made from stainless steel panels, has a curved corner to soften its size and help it blend into the room. Instead of traditional dining furniture, built-in banquette seating and a heavy glass table abut the pantry. In the master bedroom a combination of media wall unit and dressing area divides the space.

view of the custom wall unit  that ceiling, flooring, hardwood, interior design, living room, room, suite, wood flooring, red, brown
view of the custom wall unit that features a full walk in closet, tv cabintet, drawers constructed by woodmeister

Contact Woodmeister Corporation, 62 Washington St, Worcester, MA 01608, phone (508) 753 5343, fax (508) 753 4725. Website: www.woodmeistercorp.com.

Story by: Trendsideas

30 Sep, 2005

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