Renewal of a historic brownstone, to create light-filled flowing spaces – mixing contemporary details with historic elements.
This limestone townhouse in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood has been in the client’s family for 3 generations since it was built. Now the home of the granddaughter of the original owner, the house has been transformed with a full renovation that at once preserved the house’s beautiful historic features but also made significant improvements to serve her lifestyle today. The changes allowed the house’s beautiful proportions to shine with new grace while it also enhanced the flow of space by enlarging openings, connecting spaces and improving sight lines. A dated enclosed kitchen was replaced with and expansive modern one that is now fully open to the dining room. Three tall French doors with transoms now connect the kitchen and dining room to an elegant steel and ipé deck which connects the parlor floor to the rear garden. Three full bathrooms replace their single dated predecessor. A dark unfinished basement is now a wonderful light-filled space suited to informal gatherings. Light and color bathe the home as it mixes history with modern insertions the historic elements alongside them.