Renovation of a 100 Year Old Apartment – W 111th St. NYC

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Comprehensive renovation of 600 W111th St, New York City, NY.

In this video tour of a prewar New York City apartment, Paula shows you how we combined three rooms into a fabulous, 25 foot kitchen with a pantry for the dining area. Complex by the 100 year old estate situation, this complete gut renovation incorporated thru-the-wall, vents/ducts, PTACs, and ACs. The gut renovations of the hall bath and master bath were a total transformation. We installed custom media and storage cabinetry, new covers for the PTAC, ACs, and radiators all through. We repaired and refinished original flooring to its prewar charm. And, final but not least, we are thrilled to have produced our clientโ€™s dreams come correct.

Construction Duration: much less than 3 months

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From: Paula McDonald



  1. The kitchen floors and the back splash seem old world and the cabinets are contemporary which seems to be inconsistent with the vibe of the building- just my opinion, but I’m not a contemporary style person.

  2. Ruth Taylor

    very nice, I like how you explained details. Didn’t know there was a Calacatta in porcelain. I’m looking for a Calacatta Gold tile for a backsplash, so a porcelain would be better in a kitchen than marble.

  3. Aulia Reski Widyaningrum

    Wow, good job Paula! It doesn’t look like too much changed, but it looks more like ‘level up’ of the ‘before’ renovation. Very lovely! I love the detail you made on the floor tile!

    And, such a nice bathroom too, the marble ceramic does look good for the bathroom.
    Plus, the seat on the bathroom in the master bedroom, wow… such a thoughtful one! It’s not only functional but also still looking nice.

  4. This is the first video I’ve seen from you and I loved it so much! Can’t wait to watch more amazing videos by you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This designer knows her stuff. Excellent work — details are superb. Great colours and use of space it what was a real challenge.

  6. i like everything done here … so finely, simply yet efficiently and very good looking too!

    about the ‘cabinets’ covering / hiding the old heating radiator units though …

    looks certainly great but it also means trapping the heat inside those cabinets, which will surely cause proper heating issues in the winter time, not to mention the extra trapped heat will overheat the cabinets themselves, their paint and eventually their looks in not a very long time …

    probably, one solution to that would be to leave some open space at the bottom of the cabinets for example, preferably covered with gratings for a better look, so as to let more air circulation in and around the radiators, although i do agree that would also mean more dirt and trash building up under the cabinets just as well … that is solvable though, if the cabinets are designed and built in a way they can be moved around comfortable whenever needed … (personally though, i’d rather leave those old nostalgic radiators exposed anyway as they add their own kind of retro charm! i may as well have left the old tiling in the bathrooms, or renewed them with something with similar looks …) ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Marie Diana

    loved it, only wish you had kept the original bathtub and did subway tile all around as well as the octagonal floor.. i really think it would be more in keeping with the style. you did a magnificent job… don’t want to take anything away from your wonderful work.

  8. Andrea Kossio ์•ˆ๋“œ๋ ˆ์•„

    Simply beautiful, bright, clean and I wish I live there !

  9. Not sure how I happened upon this particular video but am so glad I did. The renovation is absolutely brilliant, elegant, and simple. Love the radiator cover-up and even though the bathrooms are small compared to the overdone and overwrought examples in magazines I think these two are just perfect. No reason to sacrifice living space to bath space. And – not that this has anything to do with your expertise but just want to say that you are very Lauren Bacall like in posture and appearance.

  10. Great job! I love that you kept the integrity and character of the original space but updated it.

  11. michellecello

    Wonderful! The bathrooms are small but tastefully done. Inspiration for our small bathroom buildout. I love the shelf idea in the master bathroom and the towel rack/handle!

  12. Love the whole apartment look, beautiful bathrooms as well and the radiant heat will feel so good in the winter! One thing, the house had good bones and so it made this wonderful transformation possible. Would love to have seen how the owner’s decorated it… All that said… you are hot!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Dily Pratiwi

    I think the hardest work in these project exactly is on the kitchen, ow God, it’s totally mess before renovated, congratulation for the design, it’s worthed ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Maxwell Smart_086

    …poor color scheme….you should be trained by "Master of Flip" – you ยดre having good roots, now they have to grow..

  15. Susanne - RangerMommy

    Paula reminds me so much of Christine Baranski in every way. Great video!

  16. Harlem Brown

    how lovely that a nice white family can move into a lovely apartment…cause they sure kno how to inflate property values in poor urban areas

  17. Always loving the "very old apartment" but… it’s only 100 years old hahaha. The floors are now gorgeous I’m speechless. Great transformation !

  18. Couldnโ€™t bear what you had done to the once beautiful, timelessly elegant bathrooms. Also, what decade did Magnolia paint die out?

  19. Trish Diggins

    Please make more videos! I love your work. I’m slowly remodeling a condo in N. Fla and I am really loving seeing how your beautiful work makes quirky, interesting spaces (and small ones sometimes too!) glamorous, hardworking, and stylish.

  20. Too bad for the radiators … the originals are awesome. You usually cover them when they are pipes, but not for iron casts. First, it works better when they are not covered (they heat the place through radiation … which is very very comfortable). Second, nothing is more satisfying than sitting directly on the radiator with a coffee on cold days!

    Otherwise, well done. I just finished renovating a 100 year old house myself in the middle of the city (circa 1875/1895), and keeping the old classic among modern is just the nuts !

  21. Absolutely gorgeous, a very classic and clean look, especially for those famous oversized UWS apartments. โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  22. Sandy Phoenixx

    The space & design are BEAUTIFUL but what I’m really loving is your shoes. ๐Ÿ˜

  23. Anya Briggs

    I love, love LOVE your Houzz profile, and then I find you here! Gorgeous work, thank you!

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