Located on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn’s Brownstone Belt, this house had suffered from many years of deferred maintenance.
Windows were rotted, there were large holes in the floors, and all systems were in disrepair. The house was converted into two units, an upper owner’s triplex and a lower rental apartment.
This house design focuses on creating a layout that suits modern, open floor plan living while maintaining the grace of late-1800’s Italianate detailing. Kitchen, dining, and living spaces were located on the parlor floor with a generous rear deck allowing access to the rear garden. A master-suite located on the second level utilizes the refinished original 6’-3” cast iron tub as the focal point.
The home underwent a ‘gut’ renovation which includes new windows, façade, mechanicals, roof, kitchens, baths, and garden. Historically accurate ironwork was found in a scrap yard, front doors were designed and rebuilt, and interior trim details were inspired by the home’s original woodwork. Approached with sensitivity, today can rise to be the equal of yesterday.