A wood-frame house occupied by feral cats required a deep gut on a tight budget to make it livable for a young family.
A pair of lucky, well-loved cats helped inspire the design of a 20-by-50-foot three-story row house, almost as much as the needs of its human occupants.
Barker Freeman Design Office shifted walls, upgraded finishes and brightened the color palette for the row house's new owners.
Brooklyn architect Alexandra Barker overhauled a century-old house, cladding the exterior with cedar siding and bringing in light with corner-wrapping windows.
A homeowner's book and music collections were the starting point for architect Alexandra Barker's design for a Windsor Terrace renovation.
Three siblings and their families share a narrow, five-story brownstone, with room for the grandparents to visit.
The new owners of a potentially sweet wood-frame rowhouse, swathed in vinyl siding, came to architect Alexandra Barker with a circa-1940 New York City tax photo in hand. They wanted to use it as a guide for recreating the look of the house in that era, but were afraid their love of modern design, light-filled spaces and bright color would conflict.
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.
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.
Brooklyn architect Alexandra Barker squeezed a whole lot of function from an exceptionally narrow townhouse designed around a new central stair.