Lee Kaufman

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Customized Closets Making a Difference in NYC Real Estate

Posted by Lee Kaufman on Dec 22, 2012 4:06:00 PM

In New York City, customized closets are a functional and aesthetic improvement that’s proving to add value to properties of any price.  In a hyper-competitive real estate marketplace, it’s the little things that make a big difference in a home’s value. In New York City, customized closets are a functional and aesthetic improvement that’s proving to add value to properties of any price.

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Custom Vanity or Desk in Bedroom - Elegant and Transitional

Posted by Lee Kaufman on Dec 22, 2012 1:30:00 PM

Gotham Closets was hired to create an elegant, transitional vanity (also could be used as a desk) for a model apartment in a NYC condominium development. Neila Deen, professional stager, wanted a beautiful built-in vanity that would not compete with the furniture and art used in the full apartment staging, yet would be elegant and adaptable to the style of the eventual purchaser of the model unit.  Thus, a transitional, slightly Art Deco approach was taken, with white melamine chosen to blend with the interior architecture.  The result is an elegant custom built-in that will increase the value and functionality of the condominium.
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Tags: special handles, specialty hardware, melamine, custom, built-in, Bedroom, windowsill, white, Vanity, satin stainless steel, radiator, bedroom vanity, bedroom desk, Art Deco

Maximize Closet Space while remaining true to Architecture

Posted by Lee Kaufman on Jul 30, 2012 5:18:00 PM

Bill lives in a turn-of-the-century home in Long Island where we’ve designed and installed custom closets as he has renovated the home.  The master bedroom had an unwieldy and unsightly closet addition that a previous owner had installed.  Working with Bill’s contractor, we made recommendations to change the structure of the closet to meld with the style of the home, and add new doors that would allow easy access to the reach-in-closet.  The creative closet solutions included varying the depths of the units (drawers are deeper) so that the storage above the shelves is accessible for pillows and blankets.  Now, Bill not only has a beautiful closet and readily accessible storage, but he has increased the resale value of his home by maximizing the closet space in the master bedroom.  The closet organization ideas included sizing the drawers precisely to accommodate Bill's DVD collection, so that he can use those drawers for DVDs or clothing.  While the cost was affordable, the impact is significant.

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Tags: Bedroom, Custom Closets

Downsizing: simplify and enjoy Custom-Made Closets

Posted by Lee Kaufman on Jul 17, 2012 5:16:00 PM

Our client Sharon downsized from a three bedroom apartment in an outer borough of NYC to a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan.  Our designer met with Sharon and her contractor to determine her custom closet needs in her downsized space.  Because Sharon engaged us during the renovation, she was able to easily act on our storage solutions for her small space and her contractor added two small closets that not only provided the additional storage that she needs, but improved the layout of her apartment.  Adding additional storage can be easily accomplished when you are renovating your apartment (or better yet, in the case of new construction, before you move in).  When space is at a premium, storage organization is critical, and we designed customized closets to precisely meet her needs and her downsized belongings. 

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Tags: Bedroom

Custom Closets will increase your home’s Value

Posted by Lee Kaufman on Jul 4, 2012 9:00:00 AM

I live in an apartment with extraordinary city views, but the first thing visitors usually notice is the shoe closet in my foyer.  Guests always say “I want one, too!”   Imagine the value that that shoe closet will have when this apartment is on the market for sale.  So, I’ve been able to enjoy it, and I know that it will help me to sell the apartment when the time comes, and it will probably increase the value of the apartment by far more that it cost.  

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