"When a project goes bust, it’s sometimes a blessing. At least that was the case for Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke, partners of the New York firm Messana O’Rorke. The architects had just completed the schematics for the redesign of Kevin L. Ramza’s Upper West Side one-bedroom…only to learn he’d decided to sell the place. The next-door neighbor, itching to expand, had made an offer he couldn’t refuse.
But then Ramza found a new place that was superior in nearly every way. True, the 1,150-square-foot apartment was a wreck when he bought it: largely untouched since a 1970s remodeling, with worn and outdated fixtures and finishes (think shag carpeting in the bath). A gut renovation would be necessary. But the L-shaped one-bedroom was located in the Majestic, an Art Deco landmark fronting Central Park, and boasted glorious light and generously proportioned rooms."