Last week we introduced you to Sweeten network member Olga Bakic Architect with a look at her TriBeCa loft renovation for homeowners Aleksandra & Vijitha. We started with the design and construction process, then gave a preview of the finished loft. This week we’ve got the rest of the tour which includes a new bedroom for their daughter, a new bathroom, and a modernized master suite. Olga’s exquisite architectural detailing is visible throughout the space and is the perfect canvas for this family’s very modern and minimal-yet-eclectic aesthetic.

Here is a look inside the new bedroom which was added to the former 1-bed loft to accomodate their young daughter. Now, the 5-year-old has a space of her own, situated where the kitchen used to be prior to the renovation (see the before/after floor plans on last week’s post).

Like the main spaces, the bedrooms also feature beautiful, heat-treated wood flooring by Mafi. We love this little workstation, outfitted with a Panton Chair Jr.

Originally, the loft had only one oversized bathroom with entrances from both the main space and the master bedroom. The former footprint was so big that Olga was actually able to split it into two generously-sized bathrooms. Here we are in the guest bath which features a gorgeous bathtub by Fantini. The walls are surfaced in Ruggine Aluminio porcelain tiles by Porcelanosa; above the bathtub, a decorative niche is backed with tumbled glass mosaic tiles by Hastings.

Like the bathtub, the sink basin and toilet are also by Fantini. This mirrored medicine cabinet by Robern opens to an 8″ deep chest w/ obscured electrical outlets inside.

Before, a series of closets were built up around the walls of the master bedroom (see before/after plans here) –there were actually three regular closets and a huge walk-in! After streamlining from 4 closets down to 1 walk-in, the current bedroom layout is much more suitable in scale and accommodating to the family’s needs. The brick wall was exposed after tearing out the old closets; we love how it adds to the subtle play of texture in this very minimalist space.

Despite the hyper minimalist aesthetic of the master bedroom, homeowner Aleksandra has managed to slip in a few accessories and sentimental items. One of her favorite pieces is this antique mirror from Venice which was a gift from her Father. The stained and painted chest was a DIY project that started with an untreated ikea piece.

The new, downsized walk-in closet still provides ample room for storage and links the bedroom to the master bath.

More elegant materials in the master bathroom. During the renovation, they installed a radiant heating system in the floor here which is finished with a wood-illusion porcelain tile.

White porcelain tiles from the Complete Tile showroom wrap into the shower and meet a unique surface of damask-etched porcelain tiles from Complete Tile’s Glowcietto collection –a nice surprise that is so very chic!

Thanks again to Olga Bakic and to homeowners Aleksandra & Vijitha for sharing their beautiful renovation!


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  1. Posted by Mildred Bern on September 7, 2013 | 2:22 PM

    - so much fun to view the remarkable transformations!

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