Discussing Architectural Ideas for the Miami Condo

Project: Miami Beach Condo, Episode 2, Part 1



Bob reviews the demolition plans with project architect Michael Pierce, as the on-site crew proceeds to remove carpets, cabinets, etc. In the midst of this demolition, Bob checks out the rough plumbing for the bathroom and the new wall for the pocket door.

A tour of a recently remodeled condo in the same complex gives Bob some ideas for design treatments that work in small spaces.
Part 1: Discussing Architectural Ideas for the Miami Condo
Bob and project architect Michael Pierce brainstorm ideas for this small condo with a great view of Biscayne Bay. Pierce believes the space needs to be opened up. The interior is dark on account of the closed interior spaces (kitchen, bathroom, dressing room, closets) and the deep navy blue carpeting. In addition to flattening, and making reflective, the "popcorn" ceiling, Pierce suggests creating an open, airy loft experience (if the tenant board allows). The emphasis, according to Piece, must be on maximizing the amount of natural light admitted into the deeper portions of the apartment, while enhancing the wide, expansive views. Having been designed in 1967 for tenants from another era, the Miami apartment is going to be gutted, the demolished interior making way for a light-filled space with views from almost ever corner of the condo.
Part 2: Discussing Controlled Demolition in a High-Rise
Part 3: Seeking Design Ideas for the Miami Condo
In this condo renewal project, Bob and the crew demonstrate how to use space, color, and choice finishes to make the most of a small space.

The kitchen is converted into an elegant dining space looking onto the living area, while a closet is transformed into a bar with recessed lighting and glass shelves. And the small bathroom turns into an oasis with luminous glass tile, a wash of color, and sleek new fixtures.

Pocket doors with an antique-look are installed so as to separate the living and sleeping spaces, and furniture is selected to reflect Miami's unique personality.

Finally, the outdoor space overlooking Biscayne Bay is made practical and, perhaps most importantly, comfortable.

Also from Miami Beach Condo

  • Episode 1 - Miami Real Estate Search

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    Description:
    After touring Miami and visiting the famous Fountainbleau (designed by architect Morris Lapidus), Bob dives into the Miami real estate market in search of a condominium to remodel and refurbish.<br> <br> With the help of realtor Gina Kirkpatrick, Bob finds the ideal fixer-upper. Bob and architect Michael Pierce walk through the dated rooms, brainstorming ways to admit more light into the condo and to make this 950-square-foot space feel less cramped.<br> <br> Looking onto Biscayne Bay from the terrace of the apartment, Bob imagines the condo being a vacation home. With that specific image in mind, Bob prepares to usher in a fresher, less confined look and feel.
  • Episode 3 - Condo Feature Installations and Touring Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

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    Description:
    With demolition virtually complete, the crew is setting up new walls to separate the sleeping area from the living space. Glass pocket doors will allow light and air to flow through the rooms. By touring Lincoln Road with architectural historian Allan Shulman, Bob gathers information about the neighborhood, which, in the 1950s, accommodated the first pedestrian mall of its kind. Newly rediscovered, Lincoln Road is once again a popular spot for shopping and dining in Miami.
  • Episode 4 - Installing Kitchen Cabinets and Using Glass Shower Tile

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    Description:
    Bob creates a semi-custom look with white cabinets featuring concealed hardware. Bob also demonstrates how a unique shared dining space can be formed with base cabinets that face in toward the kitchen.<br> <br> The bedroom shower gets a wash of light and color thanks to vitreous glass tiles. A specialty tile grout is applied to make the tiles look like water cascading over the walls.
  • Episode 5 - Cork Floors and Custom Countertops

  • Episode 6 - Installing Bath Fixtures and a Water-Cooled HVAC System


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