Ludlow Street Co-Op

Ludlow Street Co-Op

A complete renovation of a two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op apartment on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Ludlow Street has changed a lot over the years, once part of the politician James De Lancey’s huge estate before the Revolutionary War until several tenement buildings were constructed for workers in the 1800s. But by the 1960s, it was home to a thriving music and art scene, where Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground were living and working.

The co-op building used to be an old factory, and most of the residences had seen very little renovation until the last decade. This apartment was about 2,000 square feet with an open floor plan, so with the exception of the bedrooms and bathrooms, it was one long, narrow space, reminiscent of a bowling alley. Overall, it was dark and without life or character, but the owner was hoping for something light and airy, but with some rusticity to it, in keeping with its Ludlow Street factory past.

So we changed everything, except for the location of the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms: all new, mechanical systems, lighting and plumbing fixtures, walls, doors, and appliances. We constructed a suspended hard wood flooring systmen, raising it a few inches to install cables and pipes underneath.. In the bathrooms, we installed radiant heating under the new tile floors.

In the former kitchen area, we removed the cabinetry hanging down from the ceiling in the middle of the space and made a contemporary coffered ceiling with recessed lighting, which also delineated the space. We designed and  installed a built-in bar and built-in banquette for dining. When it came to the furniture, we had most everything custom-designed and built, reusing natural materials to give the pieces an unpretentious character.

A huge transformation of this NYC co-op apartment overall, the duration of the project was just over eighteen months.

Project type

Residential Design

Location

Ludlow Street, Manhattan, New York

Services

Architectural Design

Construction & Installation

Consulting

Project Management

Interior Design

This 2-bed, 2-bath loft-style co-op features a custom floating wood floor, coffered ceiling, and a transitional decor with a rustic flair. The kitchen boasts waterfall stone countertops and a built-in bar.
Ludlow Street – Living Room
The library niche features an Ocher back wall, custom walnut shelves with inlaid leather panels, and transitional decor. Comfortable custom iron and leather lounge chairs enhance the space.
Ludlow Street – Library Niche
This kitchen uses a combination of a stone waterfall island, glass tile backsplash, iron and glass pendants that highlight the cabinets. The stainless-steel farm sink offers a novel touch. The coffered ceiling detail enhances the space.
Ludlow Street - Kitchen
The master bathroom showcases a frameless double glass shower panel. The barn board wood panel and wood vanity add an avant-garde frame work with porcelain floor tiles.
Ludlow Street – Bathroom
This Lower East Side co-op features a custom bar with wine storage and banquette seating. A coffered ceiling over the dining table and jewel-tone accents enhance the vibrant design.
Ludlow Street – Banquette & Built-in-Bar

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