Passive House Contemporary Townhouse

Third Place Passive House

View of an elevated walkway from below with a long flushmount light underneath

Increasing natural light and maximizing space in this narrow Carroll Gardens townhouse were the key goals of our Passive House retrofit.

Recently, a photovoltaic solar array was installed on the roof, and the owners will soon pursue Passive House Plus certification.

After View of dining room and double height space in a Carroll Gardens home with the kitchen island in the foreground.
Before Pink painted room in a Carroll Gardens townhouse in the site that would become the kitchen after renovation.
The possibilities of the house were unlocked by removing the rear parlor floor joists, allowing for more open communication between the garden and parlor floors.
After Front façade of a Carroll Gardens home with large black dormers and transom and a white dog on the stoop.
Before Front façade of a Carroll Gardens brownstone before our renovation, with the future stoop framed in plywood.
Although the house is not in a historic district, the façade treatment and rooftop addition were treated as if they were.
Elevated walkway above a double height space leading to an outdoor patio in a Carroll Gardens patio
Rear yard of a Carroll Gardens home with an elevated rear deck, and large sliding glass doors leading into the first floor.

Note from the Architect

A new rooftop addition was added which includes two additional bedrooms, a laundry room, and access to the rooftop. The rear yard is augmented with a catwalk to the parlor-level rear deck, allowing seamless indoor-outdoor living and natural daylight to flood to the center core of the house.

Office space in a Carroll Gardens Passive House with sunlight streaming through a window and a large potted plant. An orange leather lounge chair sits on a black and white carpet.
Close up of the first floor staircase in a Carroll Gardens home with light wood risers and dark wood posts and railings.
White dining room table in front of a light wood kitchen in Carroll Gardens. Two large glass doors lead out to the rear yard.
Stair landing with light wood risers, dark wood railings, and dark tile floors.
Rear patio with a circular couch and light blue cushions in front of two large sliding glass doors leading inside.
Powder room with grey and white mosaic-tiled walls and a black sink and sconce.
Rear yard of a Carroll Gardens home with a white dog in the foreground, elevated rear deck, and large sliding glass doors leading into the first floor.
Second floor seating area with an asymmetric grey couch and walkway above a double-height space, leading to an elevated deck.
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