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Domesticating the Doctor's Office

Two experts in the ground-floor realm—architect Jeffrey Langsam and designer Casey DeBois—reimagine a former neurologist’s office as a two-bedroom apartment.

1. Consultation room → Second bedroom
J.L.: “When you’re in a consultation room, you want to make sure conversations can be private, so it makes sense that the ceiling was dropped. But it doesn’t look good. I’d remove the acoustic tile and leave the beams exposed.”
C.D.: “Add a bookcase to the left of the window to balance out the column to the right.”

2. Waiting room → Living room
C.D.: “Top-down-bottom-up Roman shades would work best to give you flexibility. Mount them at the ceiling; this makes the window look bigger and takes your eye up.”
J.L.: “Demolish the vestibule, which keeps out the cold air from the street-level front door but eats up the living space.”

3. Examination room → Master bedroom
J.L.: “Take the wall down between the electromyography room and exam room to make one big bedroom. Drop the ceiling to accommodate recessed lights, which will cozy up the space.”
C.D.: “A door that leads to the lobby can’t be removed per building codes, so install a sliding panel in front to hide it.”

4. Bathroom → Master bathroom
J.L.: “Close the door leading to the original hallway, expand it to make it a full bath, and add the door to the master to create an en suite bath.”

5. Reception–records room → Kitchen and dining room
J.L.: “I would take down the wall between the records room and what was the waiting room, because it’ll make the small kitchen feel bigger.”


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