PROSPECT HEIGHTS APARTMENT
Like many apartments in Brooklyn, our client's kitchen and living areas share one common space. While this setup helps to maximize the modestly scaled apartment and allows for hosting guests, the storage is limited. The kitchen cabinets are the only existing storage in the room, and are currently filled to capacity. Books, paperwork, and other miscellaneous items crowd table tops, book shelves, and other furniture pieces.
Zaidi Christo Design was approached to study design options for increasing the storage capacity of the space. The design goal for this project was to meet the client's additional storage needs while maintaining the open character and flexibility of the existing space.
After studying the existing space and assessing the client's needs, we proposed building two custom millwork pieces. The first - which contains open shelving for books and display items, as well as a base cabinet for concealing trash bins - wraps the existing opening between the kitchen and the bedroom area. The second provides closed storage for shoes, paperwork, and electronics, and acts as a base console for the client's TV. By providing a combination of open and closed storage across multiple built-in pieces, the goal is to help eliminate existing clutter while providing a streamlined look to the room.
Replacing makeshift storage and shelving units with custom pieces increases storage capacity and visually connects the living and dining areas.