When the groundhog tests the weather in early February, it’s time to start thinking about the rotting fence you never got around to replacing. Fencing comes in a wide variety of styles and materials, not to mention price ranges, from premade fence panels on the low end to custom Ipe horizontal fencing on the high end.
Stroll around central Brooklyn to four renovated townhouses that mix tasteful updates and sometimes canny reorganization of the interiors with preserved historical details.
Carefully restored and updated with high-end flourishes, this elaborate Axel Hedman townhouse is part of a row of 10 in Bed Stuy’s Stuyvesant Heights Historic District.
There’s a better-than-average-seeming new condo hidden inside this circa 1890 townhouse designed by architect and builder I.D. Reynolds & Son in the Park Slope Historic District Extension I. On the other hand, it’s so new and lacking in historic detail that it gives the impression it could be absolutely anywhere.
“We tried to create a light, cloud-like environment throughout the house,” said Zach Rockhill, founder of Hatchet Design Build, the Prospect Heights-based company that gut-renovated this late 19th century Victorian brownstone for new owners.
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