Before beginning the renovation, there was a lot for Liceaga to consider. “Within all of my projects, I try to consistently focus on the needs of the space, while respecting the traditional elements involved,” he said. “With the Gramercy Park Townhouse renovation, I had to solve the paradox on how to bring an 1848 townhouse into the 21st century -- both structurally and with design. With the tile selection, I wanted to incorporate a contemporary product that balanced the traditional features of the townhouse. The results show just how innovatively the ceramic tiles were able to weave these contrasting styles.”
After considering many different materials, including wood, concrete and natural stone, the redesign was set forth with the use of ceramic tiles. These were chosen for their durability and ease of maintenance -- which was a demand of the smaller occupants of the residence. “I needed a product that could withstand the grace of five children -- the banging and slamming of toys, constant traffic, accidental spills, you can use your imagination -- but most importantly stay resilient and beautiful,” said Liceaga.