BEDFORD STUYVESANT

 

We took this c.1870 woodframe home—in the landmarked neighborhood of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn—down to the studs to correct structural issues and a glut of shoddy workmanship. 

Despite the home’s rich provenance, previous owners covered up most of its original details, which is an all-too-common problem seen in Brooklyn’s brownstone and townhome market.

The first floor features a calming palette of celadon green and custom oak flooring laid in a herringbone pattern. Three of the home’s stairways were also completely reconstructed in white oak. 

Its clean, white kitchen features honed marble countertops, custom cabinetry and a waterfall island that seats 3. An antique mirrored backsplash complements the brass fixtures seen throughout the floor. 

We excavated the home’s huge, original brick hearth (previously hidden) from layers of sheetrock to create a handy workspace/beverage center. A team of architects and engineers enabled us to open the entire back wall and install a triple-stack sliding door system. 

The formal living area features a bespoke wood mantel and marble surround, along with custom built-in shelving and cabinetry throughout.

Upstairs, we restored 2 marble fireplaces and added crown molding, ceiling medallions, wall trim and baseboards that accurately reflect the home’s grand history. Additionally, all doors sit flush with walls, making them virtually invisible when closed.

We also made an artistic statement in a ho-hum pass-through hallway with metallic wallpaper in a large-scale print. A palette of soft blue envelops ceilings and walls for a calming effect in both bedrooms. Original parquet flooring was uncovered and completely restored. The full bath features a custom pocket door, vessel sink, huge soaking tub, tiled marble walls, and an enclosed glass shower with a Moroccan tile floor.

Out in the backyard, we created a charming setup for 4-season enjoyment by constructing a cedar waterfall deck, horizontal-plank fence, and a circular tree bench. A new, hardy lawn leads to a large bluestone patio for grilling and chilling.