In Re-imagined this week, Lori Steenhoek helps re-envision a garden-style co-op in Lanier Heights (soon to be owned by UrbanTurf's very own publisher). The ground-floor unit has ample space and a nice view into a central courtyard, but needs a few updates to feel more modern and livable. Here are a few before-and-after images that show some of the things Lori would change or update.
Currently: Narrow and Dated
Re-imagined: Modern, with More Open Space
The kitchen feels small and cramped, but by knocking out the left-side wall (not load bearing so doable) to create a counter that opens into the living area, the room opens up. The addition of cabinetry with glass doors on the left will allow for additional storage space while still letting light into the room. Weʼd replace the current cabinetry, appliances, and ﬂooring, and add a tiled backsplash for more texture.
Currently: Small and Enclosed
Re-imagined: Open to the Kitchen
The Living Room
By removing the shared kitchen wall, the living room feels much more spacious. Weʼve added a counter space with stools for extra seating and additional cabinetry with glass doors above the counter. New ﬂoors and lighting ﬁxtures are added enhancements to the space.
Currently: Spacious but Disorganized Layout
Re-imagined: A Cozy Master Bed
The bedroom is in pretty decent shape and could simply use some new wood ﬂoors and a coat of paint. Weʼd re-arrange the layout to place the bed in the bay window in order to maximize ﬂoor space. Finally, weʼd remove the old ceiling fan with overhead lighting in favor of some pendants placed by the bed.
Currently: Dated Looking
Re-imagined: A Simple Dining Area
The entry area is somewhat narrow, but still allows for a simple dining area just off the kitchen. By updating the ﬂoors to a richer wood and repainting the walls and doors, the space can be brightened up. Weʼd also add a new, modern overhead light above the seating area. Finally, removing the bulky buffet/cabinet and replacing it with a more moderately proportioned bench makes the space feel easier to walk into.
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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/re-imagined_updating_a_lanier_heights_coop/6491
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