A young Manhattan expecting couple approached us, as they began looking for real estate for their growing family. This brought them back to their childhood neighborhood of the historical gardens of Forest Hills, NY, where Fredrick Law Olmstead had masterplanned the leafy modern enclave. This clean modern interior renovation converts a spacious 2 bedroom into a 3 bedroom and a flexible home office. In our early discussions, a small request for a "phone jack and outlets for a laptop by his bed" quickly evolved into realizing that our client's work involved all hours of the day. Creating a dedicated home office became central in organizing the apartment spaces; the office became a buffer between the public open living spaces and the private bedrooms. We provided a teak slat screen to allow for light and filtered views; while a large frameless glass sliding door opens up the space onto the open dining and living room. By the time we completed the renovation, the client decided to permanently work from home.
Throughout the apartment, carefully detailed built in cabinetry optimized the much needed storage. Two bedrooms have a large sliding pocket door, converting the bedroom into a playroom for his children. These details create a thoughtfully crafted space that enlivens their colorful, busy lives.