1400 NW 4 AVE, Fort lauderdale, FL


This 850-square-foot home stands on the quiet corner of 14th Street and NW 4th Avenue in South Middle River, Fort Lauderdale next emerging neighborhood.   Contrasting the quiet palette of the residence's exterior are bold tones of ebony, grays, and whites within. "This house is about simplicity and elegance with a natural feel," says designer Alex Karamanoglou, Vice President of RPM Express, who worked on the project with Reinaldo Perez, President of the same firm.

As you enter the space, you're greeted by a custom european kitchen outfitted with Samsung appliances and a cooking island with an imposing cylindrical stainless steel and glass hood. "I wanted a conversation piece that would hover over the space and and act as a focal point," says Karamanoglou.

​Complementing the home's rectilinear design is the dining/living space high vaulted ceilings, which partner Perez describes as "an essential element for a home this size." 

The intent was for the open-plan kitchen, dining, and living areas to function as the heart of the home.  The island features a beautiful stark-white waterfall quartz countertop, which pairs well with the glossy gray Luxe cabinetry from Spain. "I insisted in creating a comfortable kitchen that can still appeal to the avid cook," says Perez.  

The bathroom boasts floor to ceiling contemporary gray tile with a vertical marble insert, which highlights the tall ceilings and elevates your eye to the large rain shower head.  It's outfitted with a stainless steel chandelier and multiple LED lights, as is the rest of the home.

A Smart Home to Boot

"A key differentiator, and advantage of RPM Express, is our ability to deliver full home automation and Audio/Video packages at a very reasonable cost." says Perez.

And this home is no different.  Why should a home be deprived of modern luxuries and conveniences just because it's smaller?

This internet-connected home boasts a smartphone-controlled security system, that also manages all the efficint LED lights throughout the house.  The system has a device that senses presence, and when programed, it can detect when you're close to the house, so it can turn on the lights, TV or stereo to greet you as you walk in.  It can also be set to wake you up with your favorite station, or to slowly bring the lights up, and brew your favorite cup of coffee.

​Best of all, you can control your home from anywhere in the world using your smartphone.   

Karamanoglou closes by saying "The idea here was to create a home with special and unique touches that could be appreciated by anyone.  We're confident that this home will delight those that decide to live in it, and we can't wait to meet them."


South Middle River is bound on the North by the South Fork of the Middle River, on the West by NW 9th Avenue (Powerline Road), on the East by NE 4th Avenue (inclusive of both sides), and on the South by Sunrise Boulevard.

About RPM Express

RPM is a Fort Lauderdale based design firm with a mission to provide beautiful and thoughtful interior design that is at once inspired and creative, functional and comfortable. Our project portfolio reflects the versatility of our approach and a true passion for good design. 

Bathroom before

Homes, and was known as Middle River Heights, Progresso.  Now named South Middle River, with more than 2,700 households, the highly diverse neighborhood is one of the largest in Fort Lauderdale. They are an officially recognized neighborhood of the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Bathroom after

House in original state

Kitchen after

Invest - Build - Manage



Although some of its homes date back to the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, South Middle River was originally developed as a neighborhood by Progresso 


View the step-by-step transformation this special home went through.

Kitchen before