Harlem Brownstone Gut Renovation
5,000 Sq Ft Gut Renovation and Addition to a Landmark Brownstone
Harlem, Manhattan, NYC
This project is a renovation and addition to a one-hundred-and-forty-year-old 5,000-square-foot landmark, Brownstone, in Harlem. This Brownstone was an SRO (Single Room Occupancy) that we converted back to a residential home for our client and their family after it had been left empty and uninhabited for years.
Some people may think you cannot build an addition to a landmark townhouse, but you can if it follows all the LPC regulations and obtains their approval. We added a rooftop addition and roof decks, built new window openings in the rear of the house to bring in more light, and rebuilt most of the interior while restoring many of the original details.
When our clients hired us for this project, they stated that they wanted to keep some of the original features of the interiors but wanted the flexibility to do what they wanted with their new layout. For example, we saved and restored the original stair railings and relocated various original wood details, such as doors and wood paneling.
One key design feature for this Brownstone is the large kitchen, where we added windows to bring in light and sliding doors to the rear deck. Also, the primary bath has a freestanding tub and separate shower, which makes it feel like a luxury home. Abd finally, the roof deck extends the home using the roof for more space.
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