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Need help with potential apartment combination
November 23, 2012 in Before & After
I am considering purchasing and combining my 1 bedroom apartment with the studio next door. I would like to keep the existing kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and create a new large bathroom, master bedroom and potentially another smaller bedroom. The issue is that the studio only has 1 window on the north wall, so basically the whole studio would have to be the master bedroom. I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions on how I could use the space to either make another bedroom and/or an extension to the living room. Thanks in advance!
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Aggie Purvinska
Consider the studio as the Living Room, Kitchen, that way you can end up with more bedrooms.
November 23, 2012 at 12:35PM     
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I did consider that, however the kitchen in my apartment is only a few years old and it would be a shame to scrap it and turn it into a bathroom. Also, one of the kitchens needs to be the master bath, and I would run into the same situation with windows if I made the existing kitchen the master bath.
November 23, 2012 at 12:46PM   
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Aggie Purvinska
I see, I can't really think of any other creative plans unless scrapping pretty much everything, including the new kitchen.
With the new master studio you will have room for a large Master bath and two walk in closets.
November 23, 2012 at 1:09PM   
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I would talk to an architect if you are serious about the purchase. Other than laying out the space, there might be othr code restraints.

I mocked up a conversion to a three bedroom two bath layout. The question I have is, "can you have a bedroom with out windows in an apartment?"
November 23, 2012 at 1:20PM   
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dat architecture
You definitely can't have a bedroom without a window. Now, it would be interesting to check if the Building owner, allows you to install a window. Maybe you don't even need to ask for his or her permission. I would check that first.
November 23, 2012 at 1:43PM   
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I would first check to see if the demising wall between the 2 units could be altered as it could be a structural wall. Also consider moving switching the bathroom / kitchen of the 1 bedroom unit with the dining room so it allows you to add one more bedroom with an exterior window.
November 24, 2012 at 6:13AM     
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Thanks for your comment. The wall can be taken down, it was done on another floor of my building. As for moving kitchens/baths, it is a co-op in NYC so they will likely require wet areas over wet areas only.
November 24, 2012 at 6:15AM   
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