Conveniently located in the historic district of Mt. Vernon of Baltimore City, our clients bought their two bedroom, two bath apartment from a lawyer who was using it as his office.
The kitchen had been turned into his storage room with shelves, and the plumbing connections capped off below the flooring. There was dated track lighting throughout, the hardwood floors had been splattered with white wall paint and covered up with wall to wall carpeting for the office, the bathrooms were dated, plumbing was leaking, and mold problems had begun to take hold. The entire apartment needed to have it’s ceilings re-laminated, new trim, new doors, new lighting, and new electrical and cable. Our clients had intended to renovate as soon as they moved in, but being busy with their demanding careers, they spent the last couple of years enjoying the local restaurants, ordering take out, and using their microwave. But what they really wanted to have redone, and was the impetus for the whole remodel, was a walk-in closet and a luxurious master bath with a large soaking tub. Since they enjoyed having friends and family over, and never felt proud of their current circumstances, they finally said “Enough is enough!” and gave Thomson Remodeling a call. Some of the challenges during the remodel involved the fact that the apartment building is concrete slab construction, which means all of the plumbing lines ran through a concrete floor with 1 ½" sleepers above, making replacement and re-routing the pipes quite difficult. Also, any electrical lines that ran across the concrete ceilings needed to be hidden discreetly. The kitchen area was very small, and the clients expressed a desire not to open the wall between the kitchen and the dining/living area. Also, there were 12" high bulkheads, a wide column dividing the kitchen that carried the duct work for the building, and air conditioning vents at the ceiling lines in the kitchen. Another spacial difficulty in the kitchen was and existing electrical box that carried the apartments entire circuitry. This box needed to be readily accessed, was currently positioned at such a height as to interfere with new wall cabinetry, and once the entire apartments electrical was updated, needed to be twice as big. The master bath and powder room spaces were quite tight for some of the clients needs. The goal was to give them what they desired and keep these tight spaces looking clean, crisp and spacious.