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.
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.
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.
This Greek Revival Brownstone is the Ultimate Nonurban City Home
The owners of this 6,000-square-foot brownstone in New York City's Brooklyn Heights had a hard time envisioning the esthetic for their new home, a Greek Revival construction from 1846 whose interiors were in dire need of an update.https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/mcgrath-ii-brooklyn-heights-brownstone?utm_campaign=likeshopme&client_service_id=31194&utm_social_type=owned&utm_brand=ad&service_user_id=1.78e+16&utm_content=instagram-bio-link&utm_source=instagram&mbid=social_instagram&utm_medium=social&client_service_name=architectural%20digest&supported_service_name=instagram_publishing