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Creative NYC Small Apartment Conversion: Modern & Reclaimed

Here’s a reclaimed 500-square-foot small apartment conversion in the East Village Manhattan area of New York City covered by SpacesTV on YouTube.

When the owner first got the apartment it was in bad condition. It was unfinished, had holes in the floor, framing was exposed, and there was a lot of cleaning up to do. The owner, Bill Di Paola, was envisioning it’s potential and began to create a completely customized place for himself. He wanted it to have a spacious feel, give it lots of light, and use as many recycled materials as possible.

Bill chose bright white colors, shiny stainless steel, and a minimal amount of furniture which I think really helped achieve all of that. After you take a look, let me know what you liked best about it in the comments.

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Creative Small NYC Apartment

Photo Credit SpacesTV/YouTube

There are very few pieces of furniture and they almost blend right into the walls. Bill says, “It’s perfect … it’s what I want.” Take a look at the rest of this home and watch the entire video tour below:

Floor Plan

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In the kitchen you’ll notice the unique cabinets that were recycled from Pan Am before the airline went out of business. They’re shiny stainless steel and have this historic look and feel to them.

Modern, Minimalist and Recycled NYC Small Apartment

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Bill did something else that’s very creative in the kitchen. He “streamlined” his appliances with a unique cabinet design that covers everything. It gives the kitchen this clean, minimalist, and modern look. I also think it has this commercial feel about it but I really like it.

How the Kitchen Cabinets in this Modern Small NYC Apartment are Streamlined

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Modern Streamlined Minimalist Kitchen in Small NYC Apartment

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Streamlined Kitchen

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Modern, Streamlined, Reclaimed Kitchen in Tiny NYC Apartment

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Kitchen and Living Area View

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Big thanks to SpacesTV and to Bill for covering and sharing this unique small space.

Mirror-like Stainless Steel Ceiling Panels

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Living Area in Bright, Modern NYC Small Apartment

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The bathroom which you can see in the video tour below is dark yet spacious since it’s all open. It’s designed kind of like a wet bath because the drainage is built into the flooring and the showerhead is mounted onto the ceiling. Did I mention heated floors?

Clear Sink in Bathroom

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You can see right through the sink which I’ve never seen before in a bathroom and there’s even a wall mounted LCD television in there for entertainment. And by the way, here’s what the place looked like when Bill first got it:

Reclaimed Small Apartment Conversion Before

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Watch the complete video tour and hear the story behind this apartment by watching the video below thanks to SpacesTV.

Video Tour and Interview

Source: SpacesTV on YouTube


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  • Kathy Moore
    September 23, 2012, 7:27 pm

    Bill I am in love with your apartment! Your creativity vision and talent surely is what made this great space a reality. What do I like BEST? Otha’s to be the mirrored ceilings, no… The super looks of the totally enclosed kitchen — the sliding countertop that hides the burners of the stove is brilliant It does remind me of a spaceship. Have you ever seen the interior of the Jupiter ship in 2001?
    Jealous Kathy In the Bay Area

  • Clyde
    September 25, 2012, 9:29 am

    Dude! What great vision you have. The place turned out gorgeous. Would you consult on my build? Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  • Michael
    November 3, 2013, 4:22 pm

    I see he’s into Star Trek The Next Generation. What post on the ship wears orange?

    • Deadrock
      September 12, 2015, 8:02 pm

      My thought exactly! I think orange is the new red – destined to die, but not necessarily anytime soon.

  • Dominick Bundy
    September 12, 2015, 3:33 pm

    Very well thought out and done. A little too sterile and industrial for my taste. Lacks warmth and coziness. But a true work of art none the less

  • Kim W
    September 12, 2015, 3:45 pm

    I must admit I live many aspects of this apartment. I don’t think I could live there, but I can be see where he is coming from. Love the way those kitchen doors work! We had a fab wet room in our previous house and I would live to have one again.

  • Gia
    September 12, 2015, 10:53 pm

    Amazing transformation from small, dark and dingy to large, bright and clean. The ceiling treatment doubles the visual size and is very unique – nice job!

  • Nanny M
    September 13, 2015, 1:57 am

    I love seeing him manifest EXACTLY what he wanted. So creative.

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