Vision is probably the most important attribute needed when you purchase a home in serious need of an upgrade. If you can see beyond the existing furnishings and layout to envision the potential of a space, you have a head start.
Scott Murphy and David Spirt, the owners of this remodeled apartment knew it had good bones, but they also knew it needed a lot of work. Architectural designer Mark Williams was consequently commissioned to redesign the interior to create a modern, clean-lined interior that would also be warm and welcoming.
"The apartment was rather dark and old fashioned, but had the potential to be a very light space," he says. "The owners wanted a contemporary interior, but not so modern that it felt cold and sterile."
Attention was given first to the very compartmentalized layout. A wall between the kitchen and the original dining room was removed to create one large space, which flows through to the living area. The living room, also a good size, now accommodates the formal dining table, leaving space in the kitchen for an extra-large island that incorporates an informal dining area.
"Essentially, the size of the kitchen has quadrupled," says Williams. "It has become an entertaining space, with an easy flow to the living area. For this reason, selecting the Bulthaup walnut cabinets was almost like choosing furniture the material and color palette had to work right through the entire interior."