Touring Lincoln Road in Miami Beach

Project: Miami Beach Condo, Episode 3, Part 3



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.
Part 1: Demolition Review and Shower Installation
Part 2: Pocket Door Installation
Part 3: Touring Lincoln Road in Miami Beach
Bob visits Lincoln Road with architectural historian Allan Shulman, who recounts how, in 1915, Carl Fisher, "Mr. Miami Beach", imagined Lincoln Road as a grand thoroughfare (along the lines of Fifth Avenue in New York or Rue de la Paix in Paris).

For years, Lincoln Road was home to elite shops, department stores, hotels, and theaters, until its decline in the 1950s. Reborn as a pedestrian mall, as envisioned by architect Morris Lapidus, Lincoln Road became an outdoor promenade and city garden with exotic plants and fanciful pavilions.

More recently, Lincoln Road has again been rediscovered and renewed. Today, it's a popular spot for shopping, dining, and people-watching.

Shulman runs down the architectural history of the theatres, hotels, restaurants, and stores lining the avenue, and indicates how architectural philosophy and practice has evolved over time.
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 2 - Miami Condo Demolition & Designer House Tour

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    Description:
    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.<br> <br> A tour of a recently remodeled condo in the same complex gives Bob some ideas for design treatments that work in small spaces.
  • 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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