Story by Colleen Hawkes
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To maximize the light and space in this remodeled Miami apartment, the designer took out a walk-in closet, moved a doorway and glazed a door to the bathroom
Transforming a suite in a high-rise poses its own challenges. For starters, there's the fixed footprint, and plumbing services may be difficult to alter.
Architect Andreas Charalambous came up with a novel solution for his own Miami apartment. Working with designer Juan Gutierrez, he removed a walk-in closet to gain more space in the bedroom. He also repositioned the doorway so that the bedroom can be glimpsed from the living area – there is a direct line of sight down the passageway to the bedroom.
"By removing the closet, which I didn't need, I gained 4-5ft of space, which meant the bedroom could easily accommodate a king-sized bed," Charalambous says. "The low height of the bed helps make the ceiling seem higher – the light fixtures are secured directly to the concrete slab between the floors."
To bring natural light into the ensuite bathroom, the designer glazed the door, and added a privacy film to the glass.
"I removed the existing bathtub and specified a very open vanity with a vessel sink to make the room more spacious," he says. "Using the same off-white porcelain tiles on the floor and walls also helps to create a seamless, uncluttered look. The same floor tiles flow right through the entire apartment."
The designer introduced a rainhead shower, with a textural pebble wall and floor enhancing the tranquil ambiance.
"The pebbles are a nod to the view of the bay, which is the focus of attention in the apartment. Both the master and the guest bedroom face the views."
First published date: 31 March 2014
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|Interior designer||Andreas Charalambous AIA,and Juan Gutierrez, Forma Design, Inc (Washington, DC)|
|Cabinet company||Home Ko|
|Feature wall panels||Palm Springs in White from B+N Industries|
|Paints||Benjamin Moore White Dove|
|Bathroom basin||Line Design Plumbing|
|Bathroom faucets||Axor by Philippe Starck|
|Bathroom tiles||Natural pebbles from Santa Rosa Marble|