Design efforts focused on converting this compact 15’-6” wide two-family rowhouse into a single family residence. The existing floor plans were reimagined to create open living spaces and maximize bedroom size. A rooftop addition was designed to contain the master suite.
The rowhouse interior, previously stripped of detail, was restructured and the rear brick openings enlarged to accommodate generous picture windows. New windows showcase views of the garden on the lower levels and the New York City skyline on the new upper level. The front brick facade and cornice were retained - the rooftop addition set back - preserving the continuity of the row.
Inside the interiors are humble and modern. Materials were chosen to reflect the house’s history and context near the Gowanus Canal - corrugated metal siding for the addition, concrete and white oak wood flooring, and neutral stones - all from local sources.