Before & After: A Philly Couple Dig Deep to Unearth the Beauty of a Brick Row House

Marina Barnes and Thomas Pittlik peel away wallpaper, wood paneling, fake masonry, and popcorn ceilings to reveal the bones of their 1890 home.

When Marina Barnes and Thomas Pittlik were looking for a Philadelphia row house to remodel, there were a few key things that sold them on this Fishtown property. First, it’s wider than others of its kind. "Unusually wide—most row houses are very narrow," notes Marina of the home’s 20-foot width. It also has two mature maples in the front, and one in the back, so many of the windows look out into the trees rather than the neighbors.

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