Architect Kevin Greenberg of Area Exploration loves a problem. Working example: a top-floor, prewar residence in Brooklyn Heights that had by no means been renovated and was in want of a whole overhaul. “We love this kind of interval residence,” he says, “and we wished to protect its essence and character whereas modernizing it to accommodate the wants of our purchasers, a younger household.”
Greenberg assessed the area and pruned the next: “odd closets” with sinks, a wall enclosing the kitchen, and unique interval detailing in a “unhappy state.” Plus, mentioned Greenberg, the “proportions and structure of the rooms have been typical of the interval—cramped and warren-like,” storage was “past insufficient,” and a maid’s rest room “was absurdly claustrophobic.”
The additions included a 3rd bed room, new walnut flooring, an electrical overhaul, and a brand new design for wall molding panels “that respects the normal heritage of the constructing and neighborhood.”
Pictures by Kevin Greenberg, courtesy of Area Exploration.
Above: Over the eating desk hangs a Modo Chandelier by Jason Miller for Roll & Hill. Behind the desk is a heating unit with inset grills from Architectural Grille.
Above: All the residence is painted in Wevet from Farrow & Ball, in flat Property Emulsion end on the partitions and ceilings and Property Eggshell on the baseboards and casings.
Above: Greenberg and his group dramatically reconfigured the kitchen, reframing a low window to relocate the sink and eradicating a wall to open up the area. These methods “helped remodel the previously darkish, cramped kitchen into an inviting peninsula with ample storage.”
Above: Totally kitchen cupboards have been out of the funds, so the contractor advisable J&Okay Cabinetry for a semi-custom resolution. The easy cupboard profile the group preferred, nevertheless, was solely obtainable in an undesirable shade of greige, in order that they painstakingly refinished the cupboards to their desired hue and sheen. Mentioned the painter in control of the unenviable activity, the greige had “been baked on within the forges of hell, with a tenacity that was downright miserable to confront.” The kitchen faucet is the Quinoa Pleasure Slim by Aquabrass. Counter tops are Carrara marble in a “excessive honed” end.
Above: Although a working hearth was not permitted by the constructing, Area Exploration added a new fake hearth. The fireside and firebox are absolute black granite, the fireplace put in flush to the ground.
The flooring are tongue-and-groove American walnut with a matte end, laid in a herringbone sample and surrounded by a border.
“We wished to protect a sense of separation between the principle public areas of the residence, whereas permitting them to be extra related,” mentioned Greenberg. “We did this by introducing a border on the new walnut flooring, and in addition new soffits above, to assist to demarcate the totally different areas.”
Above: Over the hearth hangs a Bristol Flat Mirror from Restoration . The hearth mantel and encompass are white Carrara marble, in the identical high-honed end used within the kitchen.