Manhattan Kitchen/Bathroom Remodeling Tips By MyHome LLC: Maximizing Space in NYC

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NYC remodeling firm helps apartment dwellers learn how to maximize space in NYC.

MyHome LLC ( owners Mayan Metzler and Yoel Piotraut, in response to increasing queries by Manhattan apartment owners, have dedicated a good portion of their Manhattan remodeling consultancy to helping people maximize space.

"New York apartments are infamously small," says Metzler. "And anyone who's lived in here becomes an expert at whittling their belongings down to the bare minimum. But that this can only take you so far. Now we're finding more apartment owners asking us for strategies to open us apartment layouts and fully utilize the space they do have."

As a full-service remodeling firm with showrooms in Midtown Manhattan, Bergen County, NJ and Westchester, NY, MyHome has become quite accomplished at opening up and maximizing often-cramped urban dwellings.

"One of the most effective strategies involves remodeling the apartment's layout," says Piotraut. "Knocking down walls between kitchens and living rooms to create a pass-through breakfast bar increases light and creates the illusion of space."

Pass-through breakfast bars also add much needed seating and counter space. It also means that busy chefs can still socialize with family members and guests gathered in the living room. For smaller apartments with no separate kitchen area, adding a breakfast bar where in open spaces helps visually delineate the rooms and their functions as well as adding seating and counter space.

Another strategy that MyHome's clients have enjoyed is to expand rooms such as a bathroom, bedroom, or even a closet by shaving a few inches or even feet from an adjacent room or hallway. Bathrooms and closets in particular can seem much more open and accessible with just a small amount of added space.

MyHome also suggests maximizing natural light, because while not actually creating more space, it creates the illusion of roominess and airiness. Replacing traditional windows with paneless windows, using window coverings, or even creating a skylight (if possible) will open up the apartment.

"Don't underestimate the power of appropriate lighting--especially natural night," says Metzler. "A bright, open room will always seem bigger than a dark room regardless of the actual amount of square footage available."

MyHome's final strategy is a much simpler approach and a favorite of budget conscious apartment owners: organize effectively so that you get the most out of the space you do have. To that end, MyHome's consultants suggest installing a custom closet organizer so you can store your personal belongings neatly. Reducing clutter and creating clean unfettered lines will make every apartment seem more open and inviting.

As full-service NY & NJ home improvement specialists, MyHome prides itself on its customer education process along with its exemplary service and track record. For more information on MyHome and its many products and services call 1-800-730-0148 or log on at

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