Architectural Digest Features our Greek Revival Townhouse

Kitchen with patterned backsplash and blue-painted island and lower cabinets.
Adam Kane Macchia

This unique project posed many interesting challenges and details structurally, programmatically, and aesthetically. Upon purchasing this 25-foot-wide house in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, the owners, while charmed by historic details, knew updates and repairs were needed to fit their lifestyle.

Dining room and kitchen, visible through an open door, at the rear of a Brooklyn Heights townhouse before our renovation
Kitchen before
Kitchen with patterned backsplash and blue-painted island and lower cabinets.
Kitchen after. Photography: Adam Kane Macchia

To combine the house's past with the current needs of the owners, the historic scale and details at the front of the house were restored. A two-story rear addition enlarged the kitchen, combining it and the formal dining room into one large eating, dining, and entertainment space. A bearing line was removed at the rear, creating a space the full width of the house. The expansive kitchen allowed for maximum ceiling height and natural light to be introduced via new floor-to-ceiling doors and large, double hung windows.

Rear fa├žade of a Brooklyn Heights townhouse after our renovation, with a two-story brick extension and a new deck.
Garden level play room and entertainment space with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to the rear yard.

The desire to maximize space and natural light was also a priority at the garden floor rear, which was augmented with the two-story addition. This open space is used as a large family room for casual hangout, entertaining, and the children's playroom. Expansive doors and windows create a visual and physical connection from garden level and parlor level to rear yard. Preserving scale and detail at the parlor front allowed us to focus on updating rear portions to keep up with modern living.

Architectural Digest featured our Brooklyn Heights brownstone renovation, done in collaboration with McGrath II. A new rear addition kitchen with expansive sliding doors and a large skylight is a shining feature of the home's English countryside-inspired interiors.

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