The Brooklyn Home:
Modern Havens in the City
Our 5th Street residence remains one of our landmark projects. The gut renovation of this Park Slope townhouse required creative solutions to various challenges, including keeping the separation between four different units intact, while making each one feel open and considered. Our goal: bringing a modern country house sensibility to a busy Brooklyn street.
For a sense of spaciousness, we installed six-inch wide, white-painted pine plank floors and refreshed original exposed wood beams in the main living spaces. We also sourced a reclaimed door for the owner’s duplex from their family farm in New Hampshire. Ingenious storage solutions, like a sleeping loft tucked above the central space and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, help make the most of the square footage. Mirror-fronted cabinets in the main bedroom and a wall of windows in the kitchen maximize brightness, while a nine-foot extension of the first two floors created additional room for an open kitchen, designed around a central wood counter that doubles as a cozy dining area. Artist-In-Residence Fitzhugh Karol’s sculptural work reappears throughout the townhouse, from a carved four-poster bed to an abstract installation above the fireplace.
5th Street has been featured in New York Magazine, Design Sponge, The Selby and Food & Wine, among others.
Photography by Emily Gilbert