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This Ukrainian Village Remodel Is More Than Meets The Eye. Take A Look Inside.

By J.P Anderson | November 23, 2020 | Home & Real Estate

After a challending two-flat renovation, an ambitious couple takes another swing, transforming the building immediately next door into a stunning modern homes.

1753Shot010009rtLivingRoom.jpgJoel Huffman of Vertu Architecture + Design’s main challenge? To create a flowing modern space in a vintage 1890 greystone footprint.

THE CLIENT

The couple, a well-known master sommelier and a luxury real estate professional, had just finished renovating a two-flat, an “often chaotic and unpredictable” process that left them with several “if we could do it again” moments. Undeterred, they jumped to purchase the building directly to the east when it was put on the market, determined to make the second time the charm. Their first move? Hiring architect and designer Joel Huffman (Vertu Architecture + Design), an acquaintance known for both his residential and commercial interiors work.

1649Shot010025rtExteriortif.jpgThe home’s plan is organized around a new modern steel stair featuring a three-story-high solid white oak screen partition.

THE PRIORITY

Huffman’s assignment was to build a modern space for the couple and their young son that would be a joy to entertain in.

THE CHALLENGE

To create a flowing, modern space in a vintage 1890 greystone two-flat footprint. Notes Huffman, “This was achieved by opening the main floor plan, connecting the three levels by introducing a new open stair and creating a wide operable folding glass door system to the rear yard."

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A custom bookcase in the living room continues into the mudroom addition.

THE STRATEGY

Huffman’s plan centers around a new modern steel staircase placed at the center of the building that features a dramatic three-story solid white oak screen partition. Across from the stair is a light, airy kitchen, which “becomes the heart of the residence” per Huffman. “A free-flowing yet subdivided first-floor space leads to the front dining room and to the rear living room, which contains a steel- faced wood-burning fireplace and a custom bookcase that continues into the mudroom addition.” Connecting the living space to the green space outside is a series of striking accordion-style patio doors. Sums up Huffman, “Through the use of well-proportioned spaces, a refined material palette and clean architectural details, the light- filled design achieves an overarching sense of serenity and tranquility for the owners.”

1753Shot060169rtKitchen.jpgThe light, airy kitchen is now the home’s focal point.

THE DETAIL

Gorgeous stained white oak rift-cut wood floors with matching staircase treads are complemented by the three-story stairwell screen in the same material; a showstopping Napoleon wood-burning fireplace boasts a hot rolled steel surround and hearth plate; and all five bathrooms are finished with exquisite handcut Rookwood tile.

THE OUTCOME

The clients’ verdict? “We love our house; it works perfectly for our family. We have space for the grandparents to stay, a workout studio and a dedicated home office. The most satisfying times are when we get to entertain friends and family.”

1753Shot200596rt.jpgAwash in neutral tones, the master bedroom suite also features a private deck.

DESIGN DETAILS

TYPE

Single-family home

LOCATION

Ukrainian Village Landmark District

ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN AND CUSTOM MILLWORK
Joel Huffman, Vertu Architecture + Design

BUILDER

Deco Construction

RESOURCES

ARTISTIC TILE

Master shower and bathroom floor tile

CREATIVE WOOD CONCEPTS

Living room media cabinetry and mudroom cabinetry fabrication

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DIFINITI

Kitchen countertops

GEOLUXE

Bathroom countertops

LUMENS LIGHT AND LIVING

Multiple chandeliers throughout home

NAPOLEON

Living room fireplace

PORCELANOSA

Master shower ceiling and rear wall large-format tile

PRESTIGE DESIGNS

Cabinetry in kitchen, bath and dining room

ROOKWOOD POTTERY

Master shower wall tile



Photography by: Nathan Kirkman