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House Tour: Brooklyn brownstone gets a luminous transformation

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Barker Associates Architecture Office was responsible for the renovation of this brownstone located in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Brownstone houses are terraced houses in a row, of small dimensions, with two floors and basement, named for the sandstone with which they were built, which gave them a very characteristic brown tone. The scope of the project was clear from the beginning: to obtain the maximum natural light and to make the spaces independent without closing them, inviting also to enjoy the exterior. Throughout this home, custom pieces are balanced by budget selections, while new elements are combined with original woodwork.

Interesting Fact: Real estate is very pricey in New York, taking that into consideration, here is the breakdown of the total cost of this 3,000 square foot renovation project:

Windows & Doors: $80,000 / Roof & Siding: $22,000 / Wood Flooring: $15,700 / Trim & Millwork: $39,700 / Bathroom & Kitchen Fixtures: $18,900 / Tiles: $13,000 / Indoor & Outdoor Lighting: $15,000 / Wallpaper: $2,000 / Door & Cabinet Hardware: $4,200 / Fireplaces: $9,000 / Stone & Fabrication: $10,900 / Appliances: $24,900 / Furniture: $15,000 / Backyard: $10,000 / Deck: $26,000 / Garden: $11,400 / Demolition: $50,000 / Construction: $393,000 / Plumbing: $60,000 / Electrical: $50,000 / Mechanical & HVAC: $40,000 / Grand Total: $910,700

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The dwelling features two outdoor living spaces, a gem in an urban environment. This includes a backyard sitting area and a large terrace on the top floor. Walls are attached to structures on either side of this brownstone, which limited natural light. The workaround was achieved through the integration of large skylights. 

Above: The entry vestibule is lined in orange-yellow tiles from Brothers Cement Tile, while the original inner door rehung and painted a deep gray.

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What We Love: This brownstone renovation project offers plenty of striking design features throughout. We are loving how the architects mixed budget with designer details along with preserving and reclaiming materials throughout. Integrating skylights to bring in more natural light helps to keep the interiors feeling light and airy. The overall aesthetic offers these homeowners a chic and stylish home in a trendy neighborhood.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall appearance of this brownstone renovation? Are there any details you would like to have seen done differently? Please share your feedback in the Comments!

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Above: Original leaded glass doors were repurposed and integrated into new cabinets flanking the fireplace. Bold lighting choices were selected throughout this brownstone, many sourced from Innermost Lighting. This company is known for unique contemporary fixtures.

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Above: The kitchen was designed on a budget using Ikea cabinets, with site-fabricated gray and white painted doors.

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Above: A sky-blue wall-ceiling treatment provides a backdrop for the dining table. This conceals the powder bathroom behind it.

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Above: In the powder bathroom, the decorative wall treatment is by Calico Wallpaper’s bold Night pattern.

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Above: The same IKEA cabinetry that was used in the kitchen has also been applied to the living room wall. Walnut cabinetry has been mixed through, creating a custom, built-in aesthetic.

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Above: The stairwell was enlarged to facilitate the passage of light coming from the central skylight, filtering down to the dining room.

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Above: In the upstairs master bedroom, a gray-blue painted surround creates an outsized headboard. French doors opens out to a planted roof deck.

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Above: In the master bathroom, highlights includes an antique gray stone slab, Waterworks fixtures, and a custom walnut vanity along with inexpensive subway wall tiles and porcelain floor tiles from Classic Tile. 

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Above: In the study, a custom L-shaped blue and walnut bookshelf and desk frames a view to the street.  

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Photos: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO, courtesy of v2com.

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Robin Brunswig

Could you send decorating ideas for balcony with glass sliding doors?

Lisa Knowles

Fabulous. Living out west (in more space) I wonder sometimes how people can live in such close quarters in NYC, but the way the light comes in and nature flows through these windows. Great job with space, color, and furnishings!
My only rethink is the size of the art over the fireplace. It competes with the fantastic salvaged glass cabinet doors on either side and I would never gives those up.