Before & After: Sweeping Stoop


More daylight and higher temperatures mean more evenings spent people-watching on the front stoop. The tight parameters of this Brooklyn Heights front yard required precision when redesigning the stoop. Separating the staircase and the stoop landing makes the structure feel less monolithic and bringing light into a new understoop areaway.

After Front stoop of a Brooklyn Heights townhome. The stoop sits to the left of the front door, lined with black iron railings.
Before Stoop prior to renovation. Two dark brown front doors sit next to each other, with white framing. A stoop with staircase to the right sits in front of the doors.
By eliminating the second entry door and reclaiming the original arch-top window, we created a gracious sweeping stair on the opposite side of the front door.

The new stoop was designed in a lighter scale, where the stair is separated from the stoop. Continuous replicated ironwork has historic qualities that reflect the original character of the front façade.