This gorgeous five story brownstone has been recently renovated by Chango & Co., located in Park Slope a trendy neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City. Originally built in the early 1900s, the townhouse has been newly rejuvenated for a couple and their three-year-old girl. Comprised of 3,200 square feet of living space, the home has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. The home had been sold to the family after being renovated by a builder who was looking to sell quickly. So the home was neatly packaged together, but was not efficiently designed to meet the family’s lifestyle needs. It lacked storage, built-ins, personality and style. Once you step inside this traditional style entryway, you will find that the designer has put a lot of effort into bringing back the charming character of the historic property. Because brownstones are so narrow, the home had to be carefully space planned to feel less so. Finely detailed furnishings were carefully selected to make the home still feel spacious, and natural light was drawn in from the front and back of the home where the windows are. Warm light fixtures and bold artwork decorates throughout the home, with high ceilings, detailed molding and broad archways, these special touches makes the home feel beautiful and inviting, a place any family could call home.
If you find yourself loving or just being inspired by brownstones, have a look at some past features that we have presented to you here on 1 Kindesign: Bold colors defining playful Brooklyn Brownstone and Brownstone renovation in Texas: Southampton Residence.
The front living room features two large floor-to-ceiling mirrors on either side of the fireplace to not only make the area feel more spacious, but to reflect light into the space. Textural layering was applied to the console tables in front of the mirrors to make the space feel more elegant and cast a warm glow in the evening time.
Built-ins for storage were created in the narrow dining room. Between the upper and lower cabinets is a glass backsplash to reflect light and create the illusion of space. The chairs are covered with outdoor fabrics for durable wear.
The master bedroom retreat has been designed with more mirrors to help with the illusion of space and reflection of light. Built-ins were designed on either side of the fireplace for much needed clothing storage. Mirrors have been inset into the cabinets and drawer fronts.
A trick to make this small bedroom feel more spacious was to layer the space with details to create interest and keep the eye busy. Narrow moldings were added to what was originally flat drywall to create a panel effect and make the space feel more glamorous.
This upper level sitting room acts as the family media room, with a television that can be adjusted and blue armchairs that swivel to accommodate both conversation and television viewing.
This space at the top of the stair landing is situated near the nursery, so the couple decided to make the space be useful when they needed to be close to their child. The area was outfitted with chairs for reading and a small home office space.
The designer always makes sure to set up a space for adults to sit inside the nursery. The space is playful and fun, designed with character.
Photos: Ball & Albanese
This townhouse makeover carried out by interiors studio Mr. Mitchell infuses the home with warm natural materials in the beachside town of Brighton, Melbourne, Australia. The clients are a young couple who purchased this 1990s townhouse and wished to have a complete overhaul to not only the interiors but also the front and back gardens. The house was originally designed with cold grays and stainless steel, so the objective was to add warmth and character. The was done through the introduction of recycled Australian timbers, texture fabrics, natural stone and sophisticated lighting, adding visual interest and comfort. The home has lots of windows to take advantage of natural light spilling into the interiors. All the rooms are very spacious with high ceilings and warm white paint, adding a sophistical feel throughout.
The designers used reclaimed Australian Spotted Gum for the furnishings, built-in cabinetry and the screens. To add contrast, dark stained oak furnishings and textured fabrics such as animal prints and linens were added to the design scheme. Window treatments feature loosely woven linens in a range of neutral hues to add softness to the window frames. In the living room, textured botanic wallpaper helps to bring the outdoors in. Overall the design achieved a comfortable family home with beautiful aesthetics and contemporary warmth.
What is your favorite design feature of this home? Let us know in the comments section below! Have a look at some past home’s we have featured here on 1 Kindesign from the wonderful beachside community of Brighton, Australia: Modern luxury home in Australia: Blairgowrie Court and Modern renovation project by Chan Architecture: Brighton Residence.
Photos: Courtesy of Mr. Mitchell
Ladbroke Road residence is a five level contemporary townhouse tastefully re-designed by CUBIC Studios, located in Notting Hill, West London, England, United Kingdom. This stylish 3,210 square foot (298 square meters) property would appeal to any trendy urban family, being in a very charming neighborhood. Warm wooden flooring is featured throughout, with exception of the tiled bathrooms and an interesting tile detail in the kitchen. The white walls are the perfect backdrop for the colorful artwork showcased on the walls by Peter Vaillant. With plenty of exceptional features and details, the home offers an open plan reception area with a living room, dining room and stylish kitchen and breakfast area. There is an additional floor that has just a living room, which is picture above. This space features a cozy seating arrangement in a neutral color palette with two uniquely designed fireplaces. There is also a media room, spa/gym, indoor pool and steam room, four bedrooms with the master having an en-suite bathroom, two modern bathrooms and a nanny / au pair suite.
This fascinating property is currently listed for sale on Domus Nova for $9,121,052.
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Photos: Trevor Richards
This Williamsburg townhouse is an extension and renovation project by architecture firm Agencie Group, located near the Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn, New York. The interior of the 1860’s masonry townhouse was extensively gutted and refurbished after suffering severe fire damage. Together with the client, the architects worked to actively recreate some of the historic features that were original to the structure while at the same time modernizing a two story addition in the backyard. The architects main objective was to pay homage to the history of the building, whilst infusing modern ideas of living. With the mix of old and new injected into the architecture, the outcome was a stylish home that offers both functionality and usability.
The interiors involves an open concept plan with the kitchen, dining room and living room visually connected and pleasantly designed with contemporary furnishings. The living room is delineated from the space with a step up and features a wall of floor to ceiling windows that drenches the space with sunlight. From here, one can exit to the rear yard and enjoy the green landscaped back property perfect for overflow entertaining. Wooden flooring helps to add warmth to the space while area rugs adds color and texture.
If you are looking for more inspiration here on 1 Kindesign of successful townhouse renovations, have a look at some of our past articles on Charming oasis in New York City: Warren Mews Townhouse and Bright and colorful Greenwich Street townhouse with fresh interiors.
An exposed brick wall breaks up the monotony of white walls and adds to the historical character of the home.
White subway tile backsplash is a beautiful contrast with the warm wood. Low hanging Tom Dixon pendant lights creates wonderful task lighting for food prep.
Exposed brick gets repeated in this master bedroom retreat. An old fireplace gets repurposed into bookshelves, a novel idea!
Photos: Dwell and James Ransom
The Warren Mews Townhouse is a three story high, single family house recently renovated by Ensemble Architecture, located in the neighborhood of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York. This stunning eleven foot wide, 1,000 square foot home comes complete with a private garden and writer’s shed, perfect for one of the homeowner’s who is a music writer.
The house was selectively gutted and completely transformed to create a luxury home for a married couple and their growing family. The existing garden shed was replaced with a new structure that serves as a writer’s cottage in the garden.
To open up the rooms and bring in more light, the architects demolished a central staircase that was enclosed by walls, and replaced it with an open staircase edged in spindles. Illumination from an expansive new skylight now floods all three levels.
They reclaimed space by stripping away plaster to expose a brick party wall and the original wooden ceiling joists (while concealing electrical wiring by dropping the ceiling between joists in a few select areas).
In keeping with the period, the homeowner sourced vintage pieces like a salvaged bathtub and sink from the Demolition Depot, an antique marble fireplace mantel from Olde Good Things and blue-and-white Portuguese wall tile from Solar Antique Tiles.
The home was purchased for $1.3 million and the renovation cost the homeowners $550,000, to complete, making the two bedroom, two bathroom space seem bigger and brighter.
Photos: Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
From the designer: A decade old town home looks to traditional elements to ground it in history. This fearless family yearned for a color infused, yet calming, fresh design all with the detail and nuance of a rarified turn of the century townhouse.
Vintage mantles, layered moldings, patterned wallpapers and colorful fabrics come together in this family friendly home. We nudged various walls slightly throughout the floor plan to provide for a more spacious feel. The challenge in the master bedroom was to create a luxurious closet space without visually compromising the size of the room.
Splitting the closet into three sections, we camouflaged the largest center walk-in closet behind padded screens. The other sections live behind antique mirrored French doors. The shoe closet is concealed behind a full length mirror and the ‘Love Art’ piece cleverly hides…well, it’s a secret.
While the master bath is of a classic design, the guest bath is a glossy tribute to old New York society. The kids bath, on the other hand, is a fun take on seaside, nautical chic.
In the basement we constructed a cozy family room replete with coffered woodgrain ceilings, an antique mantle and fun fabrics working together to host family fun. “Though it’s all newly created, it’s difficult to believe the details are not original.”
Photos: Donna Dotan
State Street Townhouse was designed in 2012 as a typical American family house but in an urban context by Ben Hansen Architect, located in Brooklyn, New York. This stunning four-story contemporary townhouse is comprised of 3,444 square feet (320 square meters) of living space, designed with specific family needs.
In many ways, the historic New York City townhouse is not compatible with a contemporary family’s way of life. The first and most important concept was to reinterpret the classic townhouse but customize it to the client’s request of having a join family space at the parlor level, where members of the family move fluidly between the kitchen, dining and living rooms; and have a visual and program connection with the rear courtyard; another interpretation of the typical American family house but in an urban context.
The rest of the floor levels were strictly defined by their own program and vertical circulations, allowing the most efficient way of space planning; and having as much natural light and ventilation as possible, especially in the core of the floor plate, which in the majority of historic townhouses are dark and unpleasant spaces.
While the design of the building is unquestionably contemporary, it relates to its classic NYC context as an abstract reinterpretation of the classic Brownstone Townhouse, from the materiality to the alignment of the facade elements. The front facade is pushed in and out to align with the neighboring building and the used of the classic steel and brick but with a strong contemporary language, that it’s consistent throughout the entire building, stands out in its immediate context.
The design of the exterior areas of the house were as important as the interiors, as a couple with 3 kids, the client needed to have as much patio area as possible, from playground areas in the ground floor, to more private and serene balconies, to a orchard roof deck, and all these landscape program needed to be harmoniously connected with their correspondent interior spaces.
Built in 1846, this posh, newly refreshed Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street is listed for sale, the home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, located in Greenwich Village, New York. At 25 feet wide and six stories tall, the 6,800 square foot single family townhouse with 7 fireplaces is the architectural and historical embodiment of pristine New York luxury living.
Spotted on Douglas Elliman, this stunning townhouse is listed at $22,000,000, from here.
The Parlor Floor introduces itself with a gray Barr flagstone entry, 12 foot ceilings, twin fireplaces, dentil molding, original mantle, and a Juliet balcony (from which one can access the beautifully landscaped Garden). Light gushes through the floor-to-ceiling double-paned mahogany windows in the formal dining room, which is connected to the living room by a gorgeously molded framed entry.
The Garden Floor is outfitted with a Boffi stainless steel and rich walnut eat-in kitchen, bookend marble wall fireplace, Boffi shelving and storage units, with off-kitchen access to the south-facing, split level Garden.
The Guest Floor features three bedrooms, the largest of which has an exquisite en suite marble bath, separate sitting / office area, and Victorian fireplace. The two smaller bedrooms are perfectly appointed as guest or child’s bedrooms, and also feature an en suite bath. A generous linen closet is also located herein.
The Master Floor is beautifully proportioned as an elegant retreat, complete with 25′ x 12′ private terrace, an imported stone fireplace, a hand-carved stone ovular tub, antique tiles, separate sinks, shower room, water closet, and windowed walk-in. The master bath also has its own fireplace.
The Family Floor is illuminated by two oversized skylights. 50′ long bookcases, a separate built-in entertainment system, small windowed office with storage closet, and limestone / mosaic half-bath.
The house comes with five-zone HVAC system, state of the art NEST thermostats, Lutron Maestro dimmers with LED displays, a modern water-based fire suppression system, air cleaning and humidification system, seven working fireplaces, and Arnold Chan designed lighting.
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