A 70s Condo Becomes a Modern NYC Apartment with a Sleeping Loft

02.13.18 | By
A 70s Condo Becomes a Modern NYC Apartment with a Sleeping Loft

This second floor apartment began as a dated 1970s condo stuck in time before STADT Architecture were hired to renovate it for a young professional. Located on the Upper West Side in New York City, the apartment’s new plan divided it into three levels – a vertical loft – with walnut wood floors and paneling connecting them.

A wall of white, built-in storage cabinets rests along one side of the living room, a contrast to the warm walnut wood.

Two main requests came from the owner: to enlarge both the sleeping loft and the bathroom. To make that happen, the wall overlooking the living area was taken down and the bed was moved to create a bed and headboard structure with storage. That eliminated the need for a guard rail, thereby making more space. The now opened up space on the other side of the loft becomes a wall of storage cabinets.

The bathroom was enlarged by removing the old stairs that led from the living room to the loft and replaced with a set of stairs closer to the living room.

Lower level plan

Upper level plan

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Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.