A bold renovation turns an outdated apartment in Manhattan into a light and bright home.

The Stewart-Schafer team hand-selected each slab of Calacatta Vagli marble to be book-matched. "We love the beautiful natural veining and imperfections of marble against the clean lines of the kitchen design," noted Stucker.  To protect the marble, they used a trade secret sealing product that comes with a lifetime guarantee, which, according to Stucker "helps alleviate the hesitations some clients have with marble."

“Prior to the renovation, the space felt dark, closed off, and very dated,” state Christine Stucker and James Veal, principals of design firm and architecture studio, Stewart-Schafer. As the team behind both the redesign and renovation of this prewar apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Stucker and Veal were eager to help the homeowners realize the full potential of their home. 

The goal of the project, which lasted a little over five months concept to completion, was to create a modern home designed for living and entertaining. The result is a stunning apartment that balances smart, functional design with a warm, inviting aesthetic. 

The dining area is awash in natural light.

The dining area is awash in natural light.

Courtesy of Stewart-Schafer 

Originally built in 1925, the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom apartment had “a lot of dead zones” and was comprised of “small, cramped, poorly-lit rooms” according to Stucker. The “disconnected design,” choppy layout, and dark color palette caused the 2,000-square-foot apartment to feel cramped, despite the unit’s ample square footage. 

The Stewart-Schafer team set out to open up the floor plan and create a more cohesive aesthetic throughout the space. As the homeowners are a young couple who love to cook and entertain, the renovation also focused on maximizing the home’s common spaces.

Before: Kitchen 

The “Before” kitchen lacked cohesion and felt dated, according to Veal and Stucker. Removing dead zones and improving functionality were two major problems the Stewart-Schafer team wanted to solve for the homeowners.  



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<p><span>The layout of the kitchen made it hard to entertain due to the lack of usable space.<br /> </span> </p>
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“The dark wood cabinets and flooring, combined with a rough-cut stone wall and green polished marble floors gave the apartment a very old-fashioned look,” according to Christine Stucker. 

Courtesy of Stewart-Schafer 

See the full story on Dwell.com: Before & After: A New York City Apartment Goes From Dark and Cramped to Daring and Capacious
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