West Philly Bachelor Pad
Turnkey projects present their own unique challenges, often involving a truncated process and a client who is not physically present to weigh in on the project’s progression. When the incoming tenant of this West Philly bachelor pad hired us, he left no room for error, with only two weeks from the day he contacted us until the day he was to occupy the apartment.
During our initial back and forth the client laid out a simple style: clean, modern, minimal, and light. Less than 24 hours later, at our first in-person meeting, we presented him with a concept board consisting of moody neutrals, clean lines, and masculine notes. Fortunately, given the timeline, the client approved the initial concept enthusiastically.
The apartment offered both challenges and opportunities. It was a large, open space with high, exposed-beam ceilings and angled soffits. To complement this and draw out the original character we made sure the space was filled with light balanced with darker, masculine furnishings, which created a clean but cozy apartment. Because of the inflexible turnaround time of the project, we had to select furnishings that were all immediately available and could be delivered within a week. The client would be arriving with nothing but a suitcase full of clothes, which meant that we had to select every component of the apartment, including flatware, dishes, appliances, linens and towels, washcloths, bath towels, sheets, duvet and cover, etc. When a contractor wasn’t available on such short turnaround time, we found ourselves handling the installation.
In the end, we delivered a young, graduate student bachelor an apartment that was luxurious but livable, easy to maintain, with plenty of open space and light complemented by masculine lines. With assiduous attention to detail, the project achieved all of the client’s goals within the two-week timeframe, came in under budget, and was 100% move-in ready while also allowing plenty of room for customization as he grew into the space over the next four years.
Photos: Monica Ayers Photography