Contemporary Townhouse

Skylit Contemporary Carriage House

Front fa├žade of a Brooklyn Heights carriage house with two large barn doors.

This 1920 carriage house had been through a number of renovations that spanned from garages for horse drawn carriages and later motor vehicles to residential units.

After New penthouse with a curved roofline and finished roof deck on top of a Brooklyn Heights carriage house
Before Roof of a Brooklyn heights townhouse before our renovation
The sculptural shape of the rooftop addition was informed by ensuring that it would be invisible from the street, to meet NYC Landmarks guidelines.
Living area with a large NanaWall sliding glass door system that opens the living room completely to the outdoor dining area.

Both the first floor living space and the rooftop addition utilize NanaWalls along with pedestal pavers to create a flush indoor-outdoor environment that still functions well in inclement weather.

Penthouse with a curved ceiling and a large NanaWall sliding glass door system with outdoor furniture and a white daybed.
Penthouse with a curved ceiling and a large NanaWall sliding glass door system with outdoor furniture and a white daybed.
Hidden desk with white millwork in a Brooklyn Heights carriage house
Dining area in with grey chairs and a modern chandelier in a Brooklyn Heights carriage house
Bedroom with a skylight in a Brooklyn Heights carriage house
Bathroom in a carriage house with iridescent tiles in the shower
Open stringer, open riser staircase with light wood treads in a stair hallway with a wall of shelves
Living room with several large skylights, mirrors on the wall, and a large abstract painting

A number of additions had been made to increase the building's storage capacity. Removing these allowed us to create spaces that flowed well both internally and externally, unlocking the house. When the building was converted from horse drawn carriage to car garage, the cellar was filled in. Excavating and designing access for light to flow into the space enabled the cellar to extend the living spaces above.

Entryway with stone pavers and custom wood doors in a Brooklyn Heights carriage house.
Basement-level den with grey chairs and a leather ottoman
Bedroom with a skylight and wood floors in a Brooklyn Heights carriage house
Kitchen with custom light wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and four flack barstools
Rear yard of a Brooklyn Heights carriage house with outdoor furnishings and a brick fireplace
Primary bedroom with a door leading out to a balcony
All-white primary bathroom with chrome furnishings
Collaborators
  • Elle Decor
  • Taffera Fine Building & Finishes
Photography
  • Donna Dotan
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