Entries by Alan Michael Carpentry

Williamsburg Loft

In 2005, a condo conversion gave Felix the opportunity to buy an apartment in the Williamsburg building where she had rented for three years. Although she considered renovating the spacious but “grim” rental-grade bathroom at the time, she procrastinated…for over a decade. It wasn’t until 2016 that she pulled the trigger, but the results were […]

Basement Renovations

Here’s what you need to know to elevate your lower level Flipping your dark (and maybe damp) basement into an actual living space can add a lot of square footage, not to mention value, to your home. Almost all existing basements have a good shot at turning into a play area, media room, or even […]

Clinton Hill Kitchen

For Sarah, who works in finance, and Becky, who works for a media company, the kitchen renovation was some time in the making. Sarah had been living in the one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment since 2010 (with Becky joining her in 2013) and had her sights set on overhauling the kitchen from the get-go. A previous renovation […]

Custom Woodwork in Manhattan Kitchen

A one-bedroom in a coveted West Village condominium designed by famed architect Emery Roth offered a multitude of positives to a new Manhattan buyer: Impossibly desirable location, soaring ceilings, deep closets, residential amenities, and a quiet retreat for work or play. But this lovely home’s kitchen was relegated to a tight little galley, and though […]

Marble Bath

Megan and Ryan moved into their one bedroom co-op on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 2012 after deciding that the apartment’s crumbling bathroom (an almost-dealbreaker that nearly scuttled the sale) would be their first renovation project to tackle as new homeowners. Megan, who works at the United Nations, and Ryan, who works in personal finance, […]

Upper East Beauty!

Three Modern Baths and Two Custom Built-Ins in One, Sweetened Upper East Side Condo There is something undeniably delightful about a great bathroom before and after — this week, we have three! It’s possible that I love to live vicariously through other folks’ bathroom renovations because the depths of despair in the “before” photos appear […]

Transforming an Uptown Kitchen

Last summer we began a full gut renovation of a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom apartment on the Upper East Side.  The owners passion for cooking put a lot of emphasis on the design and function of a galley kitchen.  Incorporating thoughtful storage space, easily accessible small appliances and enough room for state of the art […]

Make Your Outdoor Space Work for You

Have a bland porch? Weeds growing through your patio? A neglected deck? A little spring cleaning and some simple additions – a hanging swing, some mood lighting, a vintage find or two – are all it takes to transform an ordinary outdoor space into an open air living room that adds value and comfort to […]

Choosing a Quality Cabinet

Choosing the right cabinetry for your space can be an overwhelming experience. Most manufacturers have enough colors and styles to make your head spin. But before you even get to that point, there are some important elements to consider that most designers and sales people never tell you about unless you ask.

Doors with Style

2011 has certainly arrived with a bang. The New Year has brought in many new projects from small repairs to custom doors to full blown apartment renovations. All challenging and interesting in their own way. Today I’d like to highlight a custom closet door installation in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.