We took a 1960’s apartment building and renovated it into a hip new apartment for Millennials with the assistance of Adaptive Realty . The goal was to re-imagine this 1960 apartment building and convert it into a creative multifamily property for the gentrification occurring now in the south part of Silver Lake.
On the exterior, we added new paint, landscape, and fencing to create a new facade suggesting both a secure and new fun environment inside the gate. One reads the horizontal natural wood siding as the telltale of a renovated northeast Los Angeles housing project.
Below is the interior courtyard before renovation. The buildings formed a courtyard paved with asphalt. The catwalks made the courtyard look like a prison yard. The asphalt devoid of landscape gave the impression the courtyard was meant only for cars like a 1950s motel.
We fenced off the courtyard; added siding to the rails; privatized patios with wood horizontal fencing; and installed new landscaping and hardscaping. We added tables and chairs to create a social collaboration area. The new courtyard looks like an outdoor cafe
We used the excess land to create some private patios the size of small backyards.
We even privatized the end portions of the catwalks to create private balconies:
The units were typical dingbat 1960 units with popcorn ceilings, carpet, laminate counter tops, and cheap kitchen cabinets. The kitchen was closed off from the living room with only a pass thru counter-top with cabinets above.
The 500 square foot one bedroom units now have quartz counter-tops, white thermafoil cabinets, designer stove hoods, eating bars and drywall ceilings. We combined the kitchen, living, and dining room into one cafe style great room. On the ground floor, large charcoal color slate floors distinguish the unit from just another typical apartment unit, while on the second floor ,sloped white wood ceilings contrasted with natural oak floors do the same cool trick. In Silver Lake, young renters of the creative class yearn for something different than the.typical apartment. Every unit has washer dryers, mini-splits for heating and cooling, and track lighting.
The bathrooms before renovation featured the traditional 1960 dingbat pink tub and home depot type apartment vanity. We installed subway tiles as homage to the old and new contemporary vanities to blend in the new.
We even re-imagined the carports by privatizing them to allow for use either for parking or a private studio/workshop/storage.
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