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Brooklyn Townhouse (Brooklyn, New York)

In harmony with the environmentalist values of our clients, we employed sustainable materials and practices to renovate this classic 19th-century Brooklyn townhouse. Our approach focused on preserving the existing structure while modernizing it to create a duplex apartment. This involved combining two floors, adding new amenities such as a kitchen, bathrooms, yoga room, and bookcase, and making various enhancements to adjacent spaces.

A key feature of the design was the installation of a lightweight steel staircase to serve as a light well, bringing much-needed sunlight into the lower level. This staircase, with reclaimed wood steps sourced from an old dismantled barn, became a striking focal point.

Interior partitions were removed to create a more open and airy atmosphere. Eco-friendly materials such as cementitious panels, bio-glass vanity tops, cork flooring, bamboo cabinets, and post-consumer glass tiles were used throughout, maintaining the earthy tones and sustainable theme. Additionally, radiant floor heating and cleverly enclosed metal grilles were utilized to maximize heating efficiency at a low cost.

Featured on AU magazine.

A new staircase acts as a light well maximizing daylight coming from the rear façade at South.

Existing street façade prior to renovation

Renovated street façade

Detail of building entry with new exterior finishes to match the fresh, green ambiance of the interiors

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Kitchen with white-washed bamboo cabinets

Kitchen backsplash with and 80% post-consumer glass tiles

Steel spine staircase that also works as a light well

Steel spine staircase with reclaimed wood steps

The staircase works as a light well and features reclaimed wood steps sourced from an old barn

The custom bookcase in the upper floor hallway

The custom bookcase in white washed wood and low VOC matte lacquered shelving

The new master bathroom sets back from the rear bearing wall to allow for maximum sunlight penetration, housing a yoga room

1st floor washroom with bio-glass vanity top and bamboo cabinets

Master bathroom with bio-glass vanity top, bamboo cabinets, Eco-cem wall panels and Eco-gres tiles.

Detail of staircase railing and reclaimed wood steps

The master bathroom featured on AU magazine

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