Before “We inserted a loft into the irregular configuration of a century-old building,” architect Frederick Biehle says of the two-story New York apartment he and his partner, Erika Hinrichs, renovated for Kevin Connors.
After. A new skylight caps the double-height entrance hall. The stair, which was moved and rebuilt in steel with ipe treads, rises past walls stripped down to the original masonry.
Before. The kitchen
After. All of the exposed bricks were painted and glazed in warmer colors by Biehle’s sister Nora. He designed the cabinets. Viking range and hood. Sub-Zero refrigerator.
Before. “It’s the most public room on the second floor,” Biehle says of the library, which is next to a guest room.
After. The architects retained the fireplace but tore out the old flooring, replacing it with polished ipe. Hinrichs designed the staggered mahogany bookcase.
Glass-mosaic tiles add sheen in the bath. At rear is a whirlpool tub.
“The master bedroom is a sanctuary,” says Hinrichs. An existing circular stair leads to the rooftop greenhouse.The platform bed and doors, stained to match the floor, are Hinrichs’s design.
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