Site size: 1,800 square feet
Project size: 640 square feet (remodel + addition)
Program: Instead of sacrificing their 11-foot-wide row house for a larger dwelling, the architect and his wife chose to add two levels, including an additional bedroom, to their two-story, two-bedroom home in order to accommodate their two growing children, and to remain in the Brooklyn neighborhood that they had come to admire.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Solution: The original 1,000-square-foot, two-story dwelling was completely gutted. A bedroom suite was added above, and a new urban mudroom was dug out below. The narrowness of the house required the design to make effective use of the space: precise positioning of walls, doors, and windows was crucial. The lowest level serves as a new entry, storage, laundry, and mechanical area; the first floor, which opens out to gardens in both the front and the rear of the house, is a continuous public space with living and dining rooms, a kitchen, and a library. The second floor contains two childrens’ bedrooms along with a 2-sink bathroom, while the master suite, a additional bathroom, balcony, and terrace are located on the uppermost floor.
Construction and materials: Most of the original structure—load-bearing masonry and wood joists—was either preserved, reinforced, or rebuilt. The new rooftop addition is clad in a charred knotty cedar. Materials throughout the home are modest, natural, and unassuming; the rawness of unfinished steel and character-grade walnut is juxtaposed with the simple refinement of honed Carrara marble and matte ceramic hex tiles.
Completion date: September 2017
Gross square footage: 1,800 square feet
Office of Architecture
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Aniket Shahane, R.A. - Principal; Joshua Eager, Ivan Kostic, Edward Simpson, Valentin Bansac
Blue Sky Design - Structural
Matthew Williams (Interiors); Rafael Gamo (Exteriors
Load-bearing masonry, wood.
Metal frame: Bromball
Pulls: Omnia; Valle & Valle
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Wall coverings: Morris & Co.
Floor and wall tile: subway tile; hex tile; square ceramic tiles in bathrooms