Interior Design & Flooring

Combine classic architecture with modern amenities

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 06:49

The recent renovation of a 1927 apartment building in the Upper East Side of New York City has gained significant attention. The New York Daily News reports that the prewar building was outfitted with many modern conveniences so that apartment seekers could find the perfect blend of old world charm and contemporary amenities.

The Philip House at 141 East 88TH Street recently listed a three-bedroom unit on the market for $3.995 million. Many of the building's units were built to include a maid's quarters so the floor plan was altered to expand the kitchen and remove the unnecessary cramped spaces, according to the news source.

Interior designer Victoria Hagan made sure to keep many of the classic touches that would have been included in a building this old. These features included crown moldings, coffered ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces. However, under the traditional wide-plank, white-oak floor is a recently installed radiant heating system.

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Radiant heating is the ideal utility technology for a historic property being renovated for modern convenience. The products may even be zoned in accordance to the needs of a homeowner to maximize the energy efficiency of the utility system so that not every space in a house is being heated at the same time or intensity.