In my 16 years in the Manhattan Real Estate industry, I have sold numerous apartments to next door neighbors so that they could expand their square footage and stay in their current zip code. This week’s OpenHouseNYC episode provides some valuable insight into the logistics and practicality of merging multiple apartments.
If you’re expanding your family, running out of storage space, or merely want to increase the square footage of your apartment, then we have the answer for you on this week’s edition of Floorplan. Watch as OpenHouse NYC host George Oliphant uncovers a means to stay in the city while increasing the value and size of your living space.
George first talks with Jacky Teplitzky, the Executive Vice President at Prudential Douglas Elliman. Jacky discusses the recent trend in expanding one’s living space by combining two or more apartments and further extrapolates on its advantages and practicalities.
Next George visits with Steven Kratchman of Kratchman Architecture to get his expert advice on how to architecturally plan and execute a successful apartment combination. After hearing from Jacky and Steven, it’s time for George to execute their advice and knock down some walls. For this part of Floorplan, George seeks out Keith Steier of Knockout Renovations for his advice and manpower. Keith points out the precautions one must take before demolition begins, the typical project budget, and the differences between renovations in a prewar building and a new condo.
Click on the video to see George in action and to get a tour of a completed combined apartment…