LITTLE-ITALY REHAB PROJECT EARNS KUDOS ON POPULAR DESIGN SITE
In early 2016, Dylan Turek and Neil Pelone of Troy-based Collar City Collective completed their first gut-rehab project at 246 3rd Street. The first floor renovation included gutting the existing building and constructing a new addition in the backyard to increase the size of the 1st floor apartments. Throughout the project, the duo focused on specific ways to celebrate the building's historic character while introducing modern finishes and amenities that improved the way the space functioned - a design philosophy they tagged "design for living".
The resulting new apartments reflect Dylan and Neil's eclectic tastes and the atmosphere they shared with their friends who were working on the project with them. Similarly, the second floor apartment was renovated later in the year (using a different modern-rustic vibe) and the property is now fully-occupied with tenants who moved in from outside Troy's Little Italy neighborhood.
Earlier this month, a picture from that first little-italy rehab project caught the eye of Houzz editor Erin Carlyle as she browsed through photos on the popular design website. After receiving an email inquiry from Erin, Dylan and Neil were surprised and excited to learn that the renovation was included in a feature piece on bathroom designs that use vivid colors. To them, this is further evidence that there is no substitution for investing in good design.
"To create spaces real people will naturally want to use," Dylan explains, "you have to keep the future user in mind in a very intentional way. From start to finish, our process tends to be more about people than the actual spaces we're designing."
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