Young designer and recent transplant Luna Grey decorated her rental unit in Bushwick with style, warmth and an eye on the budget.
On the verge of having their first child, a young couple bought their first home: a three-bedroom brownstone floor-through on a tree-lined avenue in Park Slope.
In the case of this century-old wood-frame, the clients were a mother and a fifth-grader who had her own design ideas. "The daughter watches a lot of home shows and has strong opinions. From the beginning, she said, 'I want a marble kitchen,'" recalled architect Alexandra Barker of the Downtown Brooklyn-based Barker Freeman Design Office, who was hired to gut renovate the hopelessly dated kitchen and create a new powder room and master bath.
Brooklyn architect Alexander Stoltz gave an awkward apartment a sleek new stair to make the space function for a 21st-century family.
Fresh and functional, colorful and cost-conscious…that's the job Alexandra Barker, a LEED-certified architect and principal at the Downtown Brooklyn-based Barker Freeman Design Office, pulled off for a family of four in a three-story limestone townhouse built around 1900.
The classic 1,400-square-foot apartment at the top of a 1920s building on leafy Pierrepont Street had never been renovated in its long life. The thick plaster walls had panel molding typical of its day, and the floors were herringbone parquet. It had four exposures and, consequently, plenty of light. Sounds good on paper? Perhaps, but those walls defined rooms too small for today's tastes and for the needs of the new homeowners' growing family, leading to a total gut renovation of the space.
The renovation of this turn-of-the-century limestone in the Park Slope Historic District was a major undertaking, to be sure, but still something short of a gut.
A new central staircase and a big bay window enhance light and add space to a family's three-level brownstone apartment in Boerum Hill.
When vinyl-siding mania swept through parts of Brooklyn in the years after World War II, few resisted the call. One who did was the owner of this modest Greenpoint row house that retained its brick facade into the 21st century, attracting the attention of a creative couple after an exhaustive two-year search for a family home. They bought the house in 2011 and hired Noroof Architects to shepherd it through a gut renovation.
When they first moved in to their 18-foot-wide Park Slope row house, Peter and Lovleen Cavanagh gave their home a quickie renovation. But after living there for nearly a decade, it was time for a full gut makeover, including a new top floor and a two-story extension at the rear.