Bryan Young, principal of Young Projects, has worked with Michael and Sukey Novogratz for 20 years on various homes, including their 20,000 square-foot beachfront getaway in the Dominican Republic. In New York, the Novogratzes live atop an 11-story building in Tribeca, and when a 500-square-foot studio became available downstairs, they bought it, intending to use it as a guest apartment.
This studio was a comparatively small project for Young: When he got to work on it more than a year ago, it had all the appeal of a college-dorm room, complete with a platform bed topping a mountain of boxes and piles of neglected stuff at one end and, at the other, a structure harboring more mess adjacent to the open kitchen.
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