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.