Thursday, May 6, 2010

Before & After in the City: The bedroom

We've reached the final leg of the tour through my aunt and uncle's Manhattan co-op renovation. Our last stop is the master bedroom.

When my aunt and uncle moved in, they quickly painted the paneled walls and did their best to deal with the built ins, which covered one wall. The only outlet on the wall where the bed is was inside the built ins, behind doors. Perhaps the previous owner has no use for outlets by the bed?

They also added another stained glass window to give them privacy. While their personal terrace is outside the window, the terrace shared by the rest of the building is just a few feet below and they often saw people peering into their place in the early days.



Looking back at the pictures, my aunt commented on how much furniture she had stuffed into the room.










The doors you see in the little hallway just outside the room go into the foyer, where we started this little series.

When renovation started, the paneling was high on the list of things to be ripped out of the apartment. Behind it was a little surprised. First of all, the paneling was eating up about eight inches of space on the sides of the room. The former inhabitant must have been insane to lose so much space in an Manhattan, where every inch is used.

The wall underneath the paneling was damaged and they decided to take that out, too. Behind that, were more problems. Check out the wall that has a random brick stuck into the middle of it.



While they were having the wall repaired, they decided to add sound and fire proofing behind the drywall. Check out the vertical line next to the closet door in the picture below to see how much room they gained by removing the paneling.



The wall that separates the bedroom from the closet is kind of funny. The previous owner had a cut out in the wall and the TV was actually in the closet. So, I guess they were going for the look of today (wall-mounted TV) with an old fashioned TV.



They had the same cabinet maker who made their foyer built ins create some pieces for the bedroom.





You know what comes next..."after" pictures will be posted tomorrow!
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