NYC Loft and Penthouse – Tribeca

NYC Loft and Penthouse – Tribeca

5,000 Square Foot Triplex Tribeca Loft & Penthouse

For this NYC Loft & Penthouse, the owners wanted a dramatic yet comfortable home, to capitalize on a stunning view of downtown Manhattan, and to celebrate the existing building structure. The glass façades of the penthouse and courtyard provide two levels of open space that allow rain, snow, sun and skyline ‘into’ the interior.

This home interacts with the environment while maintaining the privacy of a traditional house and the openness of a loft.

Landmark Harlem Townhouse

Landmark Harlem Townhouse

~ 3,000 Square Foot Landmark Harlem Townhouse Gut Renovation

Two couples bought this beautiful landmark Harlem townhouse building to divide into two duplex apartments. We designed and filed the entire division and layout of the building, and completely detailed and managed the construction process for one of the duplexes. The client wanted to update the living spaces for a more contemporary lifestyle while working with and matching the traditional architectural details.

The program includes drastic renovation of four story living space with new plumbing, mechanical and electrical work. New cabinetry, millwork, and stairs had to be detailed and custom designed.The backyard was completely redone with a patio that seamlessly connects the living and outdoor spaces.

Tribeca Loft Renovation & Penthouse

Tribeca Loft Renovation & Penthouse

4,600 square foot Tribeca Loft Renovation & Penthouse Addition

DDA was approached to renovate the top-floor of a Tribeca loft building, add jewel-box like penthouse and grand roof deck with sweeping, lower Manhattan views.

The almost 4,500 square foot loft is a nod to the classic Tribeca warehouse building’s architecture, while also exemplifying a spacious, modern, luxurious, and very livable home. The grand living / dining / kitchen area has ample room for all manner of entertaining, while the rich, cozy private spaces are tucked in the back. A floating wood sculptural stair invites you upstairs to a finely detailed wood and glass pavilion that slides open to flow into the 1,400 square foot roof deck with commanding views of the Woolworth and WTC 1 towers.

Brownstone Renovation – Upper West Side

Brownstone Renovation – Upper West Side

Full Brownstone Renovation, Upper West Side, New York, NY

The client wanted to restore the house to a more historically appropriate style to the original brownstone with rich architectural details. The program included gut renovation of the four story living space, with new plumbing, mechanicals and electric. All cabinets and millwork, including stairs, had to be custom designed and detailed. New outdoor spaces such as a backyard patio and a roof deck were designed and built as extension of the living spaces.

Apartment Combination – West Village

Apartment Combination – West Village

An Apartment Combination of three studio apartments into one loft-like two bedroom, West Village Apartment.

The owner came to us to help her combine her apartment – itself a combination of two small studios – with the adjacent studio next door which she had just acquired.

We tied the spaces together seamlessly to create one unified whole with no clues to the previous arrangement. In the process, we created an additional bedroom, a new and updated full bath, a new hall closet, additional kitchen storage, and a new sitting area/foyer at the relocated entry which allowed a more elegant entry to the apartment over the previous entry through the kitchen. Exposed brick, landmark approved windows, and industrial details help craft a unique home that is greater than the sum of its parts, and truly reflects the desires of the Owner.

Harlem Garden Townhouse

Harlem Garden Townhouse

A beautiful townhouse garden brought indoors by opening up the rear of the building.

The Owners of this Landmarked Harlem Townhouse approached Bespoke Architecture to help them alter their building to allow them to indulge their love of gardening and to truly make the most of that rare Manhattan luxury – green space. The primary tasks in this were to upgrade a dark and awkward Master Suite, improve the connection of both the Master Suite and Kitchen/Dining area to the rear townhouse garden, and design a new rear yard fence for the garden.

Bespoke Architecture opened up a large portion of the rear exterior wall and installed wood and glass doors and an iron deck to blur the line between interior and exterior spaces to create a lush haven intimately connected with their home.

Harlem Townhouse Rental

Harlem Townhouse Rental

3-Family Harlem Townhouse Rental

An elegant Hamilton Heights corner townhouse renovated into a higher-end three-unit rental building needed a full gut-renovation to improve energy efficiency, replace all building systems, and perform minor structural repairs.

Careful attention to the building layout allowed for efficient use of the space with a minimum lost to circulation. The final product is a bright, spacious building with a 4 Bedroom / 3 Bath duplex with a rear terrace and a generous great room ideal for entertaining, and two 2 Bedroom / 1 Bath Apartments, one with a large roof deck with gorgeous views of a nearby church and City College.

Harlem Townhouse II

Harlem Townhouse II

Modern Gut Renovation of Landmark Limestone Harlem Townhouse

We worked with the owner to create a spacious, light-filled, and thoroughly modern two-family residence in this grand, historic, limestone Harlem townhouse. The building was, quite literally, a wreck – with pre-existing unsafe building violations, no roof, and collapsed or removed floors throughout. A full gut renovation was required with all new floor and roof structure, completely new plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems, as well as a new layout and all new finishes.

Our experience with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission allowed the owner to get the stoop and facade restored quickly, with a minimum of bureaucratic headaches. We created an elegant, minimal set of spaces with a dramatic sculptural stair day-lit from above – maximizing natural light and creating a spatial anchor for the home. A generous roof deck atop the residence allows commanding views of Historic Harlem and the skyline Downtown.

Kitchen Renovation – SF East Bay

Kitchen Renovation – SF East Bay

California Kitchen Renovation

We were approached for the kitchen renovation in this 1927 East San Francisco Bay Area mansion in California. The kitchen had a poorly executed late 1980s renovation that left the kitchen dark, with cheap looking and feeling cabinetry, low-end appliances, and very awkward circulation. The clients liked the basic kitchen arrangement, but wanted to improve the connection and circulation between the cooking area and the breakfast nook. The clients sought to improve the appliances, finishes, lighting, and overall quality of the space, but needed to keep the budget reasonable.

Tribeca Loft & Penthouse – No. Moore Street

Tribeca Loft & Penthouse – No. Moore Street

4,000 square foot Tribeca Loft Renovation & Penthouse Addition

This top floor loft in a former warehouse building has been dramatically converted into a spacious multi-level loft with penthouse and roof deck. After various considerations, sophisticated multiple levels were created as a result of careful study of the zoning and the landmark regulations to maximize the square footage allowed. The open stairwell was designed and located at the center of the apartment with skylights to bring in abundant natural light to the otherwise dark interior of the apartment. This multi-level exposure to ample daylight has given the loft space an expansive sense of space and drama.

P.S. 6 Eric Dutt Eco Center

P.S. 6 Eric Dutt Eco Center

5,000 sq. ft. rooftop addition of greenhouse and environmental education center.

The Eric Dutt Eco Center in New York City has been selected as a winning project in the 2014 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence.

The Eric Dutt Eco Center at New York City’s renowned P.S. 6 – The Lillie Devereaux Blake School, was an idea conceived by PS 6 Science teacher, Eric Dutt. Eric wanted to build a rooftop greenhouse to teach students the importance of environmental awareness and hands on experience on ecological science. Soon after he started gathering support for his dream, he passed away suddenly, in the prime of life. The PTA, students, and faculty took up the mantle of this project as a tribute to this beloved teacher and his dedication to students, school, and the environment. The program includes greenhouse classroom, outdoor classroom with sun-shade canopy, planting area, turtle pond, solar panels and wind turbine which provide supplementary electricity to the school.

Harlem Brownstone

Harlem Brownstone

Gut Renovation of Two-Family Harlem Brownstone

The owners of this Harlem brownstone came to us help them realize their dream home in what was then a blown-out brownstone shell. The gutted interiors suited the clients well because they wanted to have a thoroughly modern home – both in amenities and aesthetics.

Martha’s Vineyard House

Martha’s Vineyard House

Martha’s Vineyard Family Cottage, East Chop

The design sought to tap into the family history of the house, rich with memories. We wanted the additions to be romantic and fun and tied to the ever-present sense of history inside and outside of the house.

The scope of this project included, long deferred maintenance and renovation of the existing kitchen, guest room and four bathrooms in the interior. The exterior of the house was dramatically improved by the reconstruction and expansion of porches to wrap around three sides of the house – expanding the functional space of this summer home.

Spaces Made to Order

Bespoke Architecture, PLLC – Firm Profile

People respond to their surroundings in profound ways – often unconsciously. The chance to design one’s built environment is a rare and powerful opportunity. The spaces we inhabit shape how we live.  These spaces can be designed to enhance not only our lives as they are, but how we ideally want them to be.  Clients placing a priority on family, or privacy, or entertaining guests, have desires that can be enhanced by creating the spaces that support them.  This is the essence of Bespoke Architecture.

Bespoke Architecture is dedicated to obtaining exceptional results in custom crafting designs for our clients while being a mindful guardian of their budgets. We bring over 16 years of experience in New York City architectural design, as well as NYC Zoning and Building Code expertise.  We have ongoing relationships with structural & mechanical engineers, landscape architects, and interior designers and expediters to ensure your project has access to any expertise required.  Our hands-on approach has led us to develop a level of practical construction knowledge unusual for many architecture firms.

 

Peter Holtzman, RA / CPHD / NCARB – Founding Principal

Peter is deeply attached to notions of “Home” and how the design of the built environment can play a crucial role in creating or enhancing that – both in concept and in practice. He enjoys collaborating with clients to craft solutions ideal for them. He has spent the past 16 years working in the New York City Architecture field  thoughtfully creating and enhancing a range of projects including: custom loft residences, townhouse gut renovations, school facilities and commercial spaces.

In 2005, Peter undertook the design and gut renovation of his own townhouse in Harlem, doing a substantial portion of the construction work himself.  By living the roles of Owner and Builder as well as Architect, he has first-hand insight to the Owner’s concerns of Budget, Time, and Quality as well as real-life knowledge in the “nuts and bolts” of construction and the various trades.  This was an invaluable learning experience that he draws upon every day in his practice.

Before starting Bespoke Architecture, he worked on several award-winning and published projects in both Oregon and New York. He worked for James Givens Design in Oregon through the end of 1999, then  moved to New York, working with The Downtown Group (Later to become Downtown Designworks Architecture).  Throughout his career he has enjoyed working on diverse project types such as Media Facilities, Schools, Commercial Spaces,  Private Apartments, Multi-Family Residential Buildings, Townhouse Renovations, and from-the-ground-up new Single Family Houses.

Peter received his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1998, and his Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1992.  At the University of Oregon Masters of Architecture Program, he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in 1997, and taught courses in Urban Design Principles. His primary areas of focus were architectural composition, detailing, and urban design.  During and after his graduate education, he assisted in teaching Design Studios and was a frequent reviewer for Design Studios.

Peter is a Registered Architect in New York State, NCARB Certified, and is a Certified Passive House Designer.  Peter has particular expertise in Design, Architectural Detailing, Construction Management, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of NYC building and zoning codes.

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Passive House Design

Passive House is an ultra-low energy construction standard originating in Germany and becoming increasingly popular in the US.  It is a voluntary standard of performance that results in 75%-90% less energy use in passive buildings compared to typical new construction – the comparison to older buildings is even more dramatic. The key points of Passive House design are:

  • Super-insulated
  • Airtight construction
  • Mechanical Ventilation with heat-recovery
  • Thermal-bridge free construction
  • High performance windows and building components

Improved indoor air quality, thermal comfort, reduced exterior noise levels, and reduced operational costs are all benefits of passive house design.  To learn more about the passive house standard, see the following resources:


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