08 April 2015

Keeping History Intact in Brooklyn

Brooklyn to  me is one of the most exciting places for residential design here in New York City.  I especially loved it when these home owners have an admiration for that old brownstone patina.  They refused to remove the original 1800s brick facade, as contractors suggested keeping a look uniform to other Greenpoint neighbors with 1970s aluminum siding. The owners put their foot down,  same with keeping the old exposed beams.  Noroof architects saved the day.  They managed to find the proper sustainable building materials,  such as reclaimed flooring from a church to survive grueling city permits, and also giving owners beautiful updated interiors.  

I'm swooning over that window above the old fireplace in the living room!   And the patterned tiles by the staircase just blew me away.   The internal window above the staircase allowed light to come through this narrow row house!   And the back deck left these city dwellers with ongoing relationship with the outdoors.

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