The issues related to apartment design can be generally classified into 3 categories: design, technical, and permit related. The broad subject of design is influenced by personal predilections, functionality, and the building's architecture. Technical issues range from how to deal with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), placement of the plumbing fixtures, audio-visual, lighting, and electrical considerations. While obtaining a construction permit is a must, coop or condo board approval is equally important for buildings in NYC. So ample review time must be part of the project's schedule.
Apartments in NYC range the gammut of design expressions and functional needs, so it is very difficult to make general observations that can be applicable to most, if not all, cases. Typically, NYC apartment buildings are classified as pre-war or post war. Pre-war buildings are much sought after since they tend to have higher ceilings, and spacious rooms for kitchens, dining, and living. These rooms articulate their walls with crowns, wainscots, and base mouldings. Post-war buildings tend to be more utilitarian with lower ceilings and undifferentiated spaces where the living, dining, and kitchen are sometimes combined. These spaces also tend to have minimal moldings.
|Mansard roofs may affect the interior|
|Transfer beams may affect the interior|
|AC grill over transom door|
Great apartments are invariably the result of a successful collaboration between the Owner, Decorator, Contractor, and the Architect (plus all the other consultants that make up the design team such as engineers, lighting consultants, acousticians, AV consultants, exterior envelope consultants, and the building architect). When done well, apartments can be a source of joy for the occupants for years to come in addition to potentially increasing their property's value.