Before & After: The Brownstone Boys Overhaul a Brooklyn Garage Into a Family Home

Barry Bordelon and Jordan Slocum convert an 1894 carriage house into a bright dwelling with a central courtyard, two rooftop terraces, and plenty of flex space for houseguests.

René and Heather Paula have long encouraged friends to drop by their house on a whim. "It’s very much like Seinfeld, in that random friends will show up unannounced," says René. "We’ve always said, ‘Just come over whenever,’ and people know we’re here." 

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at