Initially, the owner of this slender Carroll Gardens brownstone, a single mom with two young kids who occupy the top three floors of the four-story house, came to architect Kim Hoyt wanting just a kitchen makeover. The existing kitchen, Hoyt found, was in the center of a dark, claustrophobic parlor floor, which was divided up into three rooms, with a long hallway alongside.
“The house is only 13-1/2 feet wide inside. I said, ‘Let’s open up the walls to make it more airy and open, and improve circulation,'” recalled Hoyt, whose office in Carroll Gardens is known equally for its landscape architecture practice.
Hoyt totally reworked the parlor floor, creating an inviting “perch” at the front with a window seat and bookshelves, completely re-designing the central kitchen with the high-end finishes the client wanted, and inserting a powder room and storage under the stairs.
The two upstairs bathrooms were re-vamped as part of the project, and new windows were installed throughout the house.
Hoyt’s client, who owns the local paint-your-own pottery studio, The Painted Pot, “definitely wanted an all-white interior,” Hoyt said. “One of our biggest challenges was convincing her to let us work in some subtle color, like the soft blue of the kitchen backsplash tiles.”
The general contractor was Nelson Remodeling.
Three ‘Mori Squash’ pendant light fixtures in different shapes, of stretched fabric over a frame, came from the NYC-based lighting manufacturer Rich Brilliant Willing.
The kitchen’s custom cabinetry is also the work of MPD Design Build. The client went all out for marble countertops and a marble-topped center island, as well as new Miele appliances.
The pale blue subway tile backsplash from Ann Sacks strikes a balance between traditional and contemporary, the architect said.
The main living space is at the rear of the parlor floor.
A powder room with a tiny corner sink from Duravit was inserted under the stairs, whose other doors conceal storage and a refrigerator.
The second-floor master bath was another splash-out, with a Waterworks pedestal sink. Light from a skylight comes down through a well that runs through the third floor bathroom directly above.
By popping the wall out a foot, Hoyt was able to create a clean wall that accommodates a tankless toilet, storage cabinetry and the skylight well. Broadnax Painting was the cabinetmaker.
In sourcing materials for both the master and children’s bath, Hoyt said, “Everything was done for two.”
[Photos by Wonderly Imaging]
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