This charming loft duplex showcases preserved turn of the century details, located in a quiet courtyard house in Kungsholmen, an island in Lake Mälaren in Sweden. Comprised of 1,033 square feet (96 square meters), this architect-designed apartment demonstrates a thoughtful floorplan with a balcony in the sunny west and two beautiful fireplaces. Other wonderful details featured in this fantastic apartment includes beamed ceilings, stucco, high baseboards, high ceilings and original pine planks. There is a large, fully equipped kitchen, dining and living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, spread over two levels.
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This beautiful original structure was restored by the owner, a book lover who wanted books incorporated into the decor of this apartment in the heart of Madrid, Spain. The owner purchased this apartment because of its excellent location. Regarding the organization of space, the original layout of the house was kept the same and the woodwork restored and reinforcing the presence of some architectural elements as decorative and useful in the reorganization of environments.
The owner kept the decor and furnishings to a minimum and opted for a sober white paint. The goal is to emulate a brand new canvas on which to express their emotions and moods through an interior based on ephemeral pieces. He declared his passion for decoration and is a follower of the latest trends, wanting his own home to be a changing space. This is the reason that occasionally textiles, furniture and ornamental details get renewed from time to time, to give a new twist to the interior of each room.
Facing the most festive time of year, for example, details on the range of red – in its more sober version – take center stage; especially in the form of rugs, cushions, or small ornaments. Decorative light garlands bring an evocative air to certain environments, like the bedroom, so relaxing with its new lighting, that it invites you to keep the classic Christmas ornament throughout the year. Here also plays an important role in cushion colors and pink blanket, directly responsible for the change in decor based on white as a basis for any renewal.
Always looking for renewal, some set pieces are transformed into decoration; furnishings from the 50’s and 60’s of triangular legs and wood are star materials. The kitchen and bathroom, both spaces that are very functional and spacious, with plenty of storage and, once again, with white as a starting point, which facilitates the inclusion of accessories in contrasting colors.
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This Tribeca loft has been renovated to the highest standards, keeping a modern feel while honoring its industrial roots of exposed beams and bricks. Preserving and showcasing its original details and character, this beautiful 1,400 square foot turn-key home is the epitome of downtown New York luxury loft living, blending refined modern design with a cool industrial aesthetic.
We spotted this sensational loft listed for sale on Sotheby’s at $2,595,000, from here.
The light-filled living area offers perfect proportions for entertaining and features white brick walls, wide-plank solid walnut floors, high ceilings with exposed beams, and 6 large windows. Adjacent to the living room is a quintessential chef’s kitchen with a large center island, Calacatta gold marble countertops, stainless steel Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine storage, and ample custom cabinetry.
As part of the renovation, the beadboard was ripped out in the ceiling, which exposed the loft’s old rafters to open up the space. Sheetrock was placed between the rafters to help soundproof the ceilings. The exposed beams and the exposed brick were painted white.
The spacious master suite has abundant closet space, a dressing room, and a serene limestone bath with double vanity and high-end fixtures.
The master bath has Italian stone reminiscent of wood, to accentuate the ‘woodsiness’ of the rafters.
Part of the apartment’s renovation included creating a second room that can be a bedroom, den or home office. The doors leading into the room are frosted glass, with leather handles and brushed steel locks on the bottom.
The second bedroom of the home, now a nursery, was previously used as an office, seen here. The total remodeling of the loft, which was completed over eight months in 2008, cost about $500,000.
A large guest bath has a cool downtown feel with dark grout subway tiles, grey stone floors and a soaking tub. There is also a laundry area with a Miele washer/dryer.
Duane Street Duplex is a stunning contemporary home renovation completed by architecture studio wUNDERground, located in the heart of TriBeCa, New York. The family home is comprised of two adjacent three bedroom apartments boasting stunning 18 foot arched windows and serene park views. The downtown family purchased the apartments amid a developer’s building renovation.
To synthesize 4,200 square feet of real estate, the spaces were rescaled and modified to create a custom loft home. Fixtures, finishes, and details were all altered from the developer’s standard to accommodate the owners’ modern tastes.
We worked on site with the developer’s builders to incorporate the primary changes, then engaged specialty contractors to complete the space. We dedicated extensive attention to resolving all of the unique conditions resulting from the exposed irregular structural grid and complex conversion infrastructure.
After multiple stages of renovation, this unique loft evolved into a truly stunning modern home, complete with custom millwork, centralized control systems, and specialty details throughout.
wUNDERground is a Brooklyn-based, design architecture studio specializing in private homes and distinctive commercial, restaurant, and retail interiors in the New York City area.
The studio approaches every project from a design perspective without losing site of sensible, practical problem solving. Our explorations often result in radically rethinking existing plans and the way they are used. We strive to achieve design focus and visual clarity by curating existing architectural elements, spatial characteristics, and client possessions and supporting them in an appropriately scaled and detailed context of a generally modern, refined, contemporary aesthetic
Photos: Courtesy of wUNDERground
While buying a house is a huge step, the financial implications can sometimes outweigh any perceivable benefits. That is why many are opting to rent a home rather than purchase one outright. Plus, depending on where you live, finding affordable apartments and houses is fairly easy.
Renting usually entails the signing of a lease—a contract bounding the leaseholder to the property, usually for a minimum of one year. The fact that a lease usually doesn’t last a while is one reason why many folks find renting a home so attractive. If when the lease is coming to an end and you want to move somewhere else, all that needs to be done is to notify the landlord of your intentions. In many cases, if you’re able to find a tenant to take your place, you may even be able to end your lease early.
Renting a home also means that the landlord takes on most of the responsibility associated with house maintenance. So if the water heater—a costly fix—decided to break down, the burden of fixing it would fall upon the landlord’s shoulders, rather than your own. Moreover, if you’re lucky, some of your utility bills will be factored into your monthly rent.
Obviously, finances are a major factor when considering renting or buying a home. While most landlords require an upfront payment of 2 months’ rent, imagine if you had to foot the bill for a down payment on a home (which can be as much as 20% of the purchase price). So if, for example, you were contemplating the purchase of a home that cost $150,000 and you had to cover a 20% down payment, you would be looking at a $30,000 down payment upfront. However, if a rental home cost $600.00 monthly, you would only need to shell out $1,200 upfront. That is a $28,800 difference. Not to mention the fact that you are not responsible for paying property taxes when renting a home.
While renting does pose significant benefits compared to buying a home, as with everything, it also has its disadvantages. First and foremost, many landlords will raise the rental costs after each lease renewal, which can sometimes lead to large increases; unless of course, the house or apartment is located in a rent-controlled area. Homeowners can also take advantage of tax deductions that renters are not eligible for. These deductions are usually applied to property taxes and interest on mortgage loans. Since renters do not qualify for any of these tax deductions, they are not recovering any of the costs associated with living in the apartment.
Another possible drawback lays in the landlord himself (or herself). You are dependent on the landlord for practically everything relating to the home or apartment. If something goes wrong, the repairs are at the mercy of the landlord, which could take a while in some cases; especially if the landlord manages several tenants. With major repairs, the landlord may not be equipped to make the repairs, in which case he or she becomes the middleman, having to contact the necessary repairman to come out and fix it.
1 Kindesign Reader’s, do you rent an apartment or home? Share with us what you enjoy about the experience and what you dislike! Do you plan on renting for awhile? If you are in the decision making stage – what are your main concerns?
Photo Sources: 1. SHKS Architects, 2. Celebrity Communities, 3. Camber Construction, 4. McClellan Architects, 5. Celebrity Communities, 6. Neat Organization and Design, 7. Kara Mann, 8. Terrat Elms Interior Design, 9. Studio Garneau, 10. Ira Frazin Architect
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