Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 64

Small Spaces

Manhattan Miracle
Design team creates luxury
apartments in a tight squeeze
A FORMER 227,000-SQ.-FT. HOTEL IN THE HEART OF Midtown Manhattan
was converted into a multi-condo residential building. The 109 one- and
two-bedroom units were designed to be compact, as people are looking to
decrease their carbon footprint and live in smaller spaces.
"This has become a trend because of the rising cost of real estate," said
Nancy J. Ruddy, CetraRuddy's founding principal and the project designer.
"The challenge for us was how to provide everything the homeowners
needed with much less square footage."

OUTSMARTING SIZE

The building's 22 different kitchen floor plans range from 75 to 110 square
feet and were designed around the idea that kitchens need to be smaller and
are now more integrated into the main living space. Because less linear feet of
storage can be allocated to a small residence, Ruddy and her team developed
an innovative storage solution and built in some extra depth.
"We added a 12-in. hidden cavity along the wall to store appliances
when not in use," she explained. "Since the kitchens are open to the living
rooms, when the back-painted glass doors are closed over the storage area,
this can double as a lovely piece of millwork that looks like a bar when its
doors are closed."
The team also furred out some of the freestanding columns in the kitchens to create 4-in.-deep floor-to-ceiling pantries to store such items as
glasses, spices and cereal boxes.
Some condos feature an island that doubles as a serving, prep and dining area, and some feature only the dining table and no island. According
to Ruddy, there was no resistance from the homeowners because in either
situation, they enjoy a mini eat-in kitchen with beautiful surroundings.
In the bathrooms, the design team incorporated a long shelf with small
drawers underneath the sinks that are deep enough for storage,as well as a niche
in between for towels.The windowsill was extended to hold candles or pictures.

64

SOURCES
DESIGNER: Nancy J.
Ruddy, CetraRuddy;
PHOTOGRAPHER:

Evan Joseph,
www.evanjoseph.com

TOP LEFT The design team created a hidden storage system
in the kitchens that incorporates wood and white backpainted glass with a bronze,
satin-mirrored backsplash.
TOP RIGHT In this unit, the

microwave drawers are placed
under the more often-used
appliances, including double
ovens, warming drawers and
a coffee station, to form a full
appliance wall.

BELOW RIGHT The residences
are filled with light materials,
such as back-painted, mirrored glass, to provide a sense
of brightness and expansiveness in constrained spaces.

"We also extended the medicine cabinets
along the whole length of the room so the long,
mirrored surface makes the room feel larger,"
explained Ruddy.
The one area that was given a little more
room in the baths was the shower, and the twobedroom units feature a shower area as well as a
freestanding bathtub for children.
"If a bathroom in one of the units was not large
enough for a freestanding tub and a shower, we
chose to provide one large luxurious shower -
sometimes with a slab marble seat because people
use showers more than tubs," said Ruddy.
SOLUTIONS TO CHALLENGES

It was difficult for the installers and tradespeople
to work in the smaller units at the same time, so the
design team specified modular components that
could be brought through the condos in pieces.
"The only long elements were the countertops
so we could incorporate material with as few
seams as possible,"explained Ruddy."Everything
was built off site so we could get around the other
workers, which really helped."
And although the project was a gut renovation
of the former hotel, the team was constrained
by structural elements like relatively low ceiling
heights and thick concrete walls.
"We had to work around those elements to
combine the hotel rooms into small apartments,"
said the designer. "The idea was to find places in
walls we could break through so that the resulting
apartments felt cohesive, and we used every nook
and cranny we could find."
The team successfully achieved the goal of creating compact apartments with all the amenities of larger units, including luxurious finishes,
custom-designed kitchens and bathroom vanities
and crafted details.


BY CHELSIE BUTLER

Kitchen & Bath Business / NOV.-DEC. 2017 / KBBONLINE.COM / The official publication of KBIS (KBIS.com)


http://www.evanjoseph.com http://www.KBBONLINE.COM http://www.KBIS.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017

Kitchen & Bath Business - November 2017
Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Happenings
Tech Savvy
Trends
Hot Topic
Better Business
Skill Set
Dealer Dish
Countdown to KBIS 2018
Solutions
Before & After
Balanced Budget
What’s Hot
What’s Cool
Small Spaces
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Kitchen & Bath Business - November 2017
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Cover2
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 1
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Contents
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 3
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 4
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 5
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 7
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Show Director’s Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 9
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Happenings
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 11
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 12
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 13
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Tech Savvy
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 15
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Trends
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 17
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 18
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 19
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Hot Topic
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 21
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Better Business
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 23
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Skill Set
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 25
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Dealer Dish
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 27
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 28
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 29
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 30
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Countdown to KBIS 2018
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 32
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 33
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 34
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 35
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 36
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 37
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 38
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Solutions
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 41
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 42
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 43
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Before & After
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 45
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 46
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Balanced Budget
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 49
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - What’s Hot
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 51
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - What’s Cool
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 53
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 54
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 55
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 56
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 57
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 58
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 59
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 60
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 61
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 62
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - 63
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Small Spaces
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Cover3
Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20191112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20190708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20190506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20190203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20180910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20180708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20180506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20180203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20170708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20170506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20170203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20161112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20160708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20160506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20160203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20151112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20150708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20150506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20150203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20141112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/20140506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/kbb/201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20131112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20130506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20130102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20121112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20120506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20120102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20110506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20110102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201004
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_201003
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20100102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20091112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_20090607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/kbb_200808
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com