Reuse, Recycle, and Renovate: Glitz and Glam in New York 10021

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Fresh Eyes For Your Home

Today, there is no shortage of glitz and glam when incorporating recycled materials into a major renovation project. 

No avocado green or mustard yellow for this client - but renovating with a conscience was definitely a top priority! And today, incorporating recycled products can both lower the cost and lower the carbon footprint of an expensive renovation project.

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, my client was clear that it was time to renovate her apartment to raise the value, commensurate with the neighborhood.  The long awaited Second Avenue Subway was about to open and my client felt strongly that she would be living in this one bedroom apartment for a long time to come.

The apartment was completely gutted and I found an amazing kitchen cabinet refinisher, who incorporated refurbished flat panel doors onto my client's solid wood cabinet boxes.  It was easy to retrofit these lower cabinets into the space because since we added a dishwasher to the kitchen (she did dishes by hand for 10 long years) she needed fewer bottom cabinets.  The upper cabinets were new for her because the original ones were only 20" tall - but again, refinished flat panel doors were attached to the boxes. And, the client even has a full size refrigerator in stead of those half size numbers so common to these apartments.  We borrowed from  the old pantry closet space to accommodate a larger fridge and  now she can store more fresh food in the fridge and shop less frequently.  Pantry items are above the fridge and in the upper taller cabinets.

And, when it comes to tiles, finding inexpensive recycled glass is easy.   Although all new tiles were used in the bathroom renovation, the kitchen back-splash incorporates used, recycled and reglazed glass giving the modern kitchen a retro look - very consistent with the vintage of the apartment building.  For the floors, recycled slate tiles were used instead of wood to accommodate very uneven sub floor.  Yet, they blend nicely into the wood.

 

It's so easy to spend a client's money - but the challenge to a real designer is problem solving.  This project gave me an opportunity to research and evaluate the green materials market and incorporate some of these formerly used products into a wonderful new design, without sacrificing the aesthetics.   All the materials incorporated into this apartment renovation are new for my client and believe me, with her new dishwasher, she is not only entertaining but she is also serving dinner!

 

Comments (13)

Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

The renovated work looks awesome. Glad your client listened and sought for your advice.

Jan 01, 2017 05:42 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joanna - Happy New Year.  You have amazing talent for making the best use of space in renovations.

Jan 01, 2017 06:51 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thank you Les & Sarah Oswald for stopping by.  I think my client is thrilled with the results.  

Hey there Grant Schneider - wishing you a happy new year and thank you so much for your support in the Rain in 2017.  Love the challenges!

Jan 02, 2017 05:57 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Joanna, is this the apartment I got to see that you were re-designing? Am I totally off-base? Of course, seeing so much when I visited and not a lot of sleep (gosh, that needs to change since I enjoy traveling so much and don't sleep well when I do), some of it IS a blur. 

Loved the new appliances that you were able to incorporate for her. Less shopping, less time needed to do dishes, what WILL she do with all of her newfound spare time??!!

Jan 04, 2017 05:53 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Yes it is Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 - finally got great photos! Did not think I got a chance to take you upstairs, just to the lobbies!

Jan 05, 2017 04:40 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Yup, we went up, but I didn't get good enough photos for my liking  to share with you(and didn't know til recently that I have a fisheye capability on my favorite travel camera). Then, of course, I wiped out most of them by mistake while trying to make room on my memory card for another set of photo ops that last day, I believe. Ahhh, well...I still recalled it correctly, so that was cool! 

Jan 05, 2017 09:27 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Well bless her heart for wanting to renovate with a conscience. You both get big kudos from me. D 

Jan 14, 2017 11:25 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Love that about you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD and yes, this is a wonderful woman!!!

Jan 15, 2017 06:30 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thank you for following me Karen Hellier and glad you liked my client's ideas-so important for us to recycle-now more than ever-we must take personal responsibility for our environmental footprint!

Jan 15, 2017 03:20 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I agree, I admire designers who reuse and recycle older staff giving it new look and use. 

Mar 13, 2017 11:25 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Inna Ivchenko and thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your support.

Mar 14, 2017 08:31 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Gee, thank you so much Paul Chau for seeing so much in this minimalist recycled kitchen!

May 12, 2017 05:12 AM