Before & After: A 19th-Century Brooklyn Brownstone Is Saved From Utter Disrepair
When Lindsey Branca and Mike Grosshandler purchased a historic brownstone in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in early 2017, the decrepit building was mostly in a state of disrepair.
Before: Slope Townhouse Exterior
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After: Slope Townhouse Exterior
Enlisting the help of Brooklyn–based designers Sheena Murphy and Tor Sauder of sheep + stone, with whom they had worked with previously, as well as the architectural designers at Frances Mildred, Lindsey and Mike completed a gut renovation of their investment property while preserving as many historic details as possible.
"The biggest overall challenge was successfully transforming it into a high-end home with authentic details and high-quality finishes without totally busting the budget," explains Sheena.
"While ensuring the team made smart decisions about where and how to spend money, it was important to the owners and founders of Branca & Co that the house be restored with absolute integrity and without cutting corners, so it was a fine balancing act."
Before: Living Room
After: Living Room
In addition to repairs and restoration work, the brownstone, which dates back to 1890, was reconfigured with a new floor layout better suited to the busy lifestyles of the modern urban family.
Every room was meticulously renovated and rebuilt from top to bottom. Meanwhile, the team was also careful to salvage as many original features as possible, from the doors and window shutters to the trim and crown molding.
Before: Master Bedroom
After: Master Bedroom
Spanning an area of 2,040 square feet across four floors, the fully renovated brownstone features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a 50-foot-deep private garden with a back deck and rear patio.
Before: Kitchen/Dining Area
After: Kitchen/ Dining Area
"We love it all, but the kitchen is probably our favorite," notes Sheena. "The overall mood is very calming, and it overlooks the garden, making it feel like a bit of a haven from the city streets."
"The light is gorgeous throughout the day," she continues, "and the pale green on the cabinets gives it a softness and dimension. The layout provides great circulation, and it is both visually and physically connected to the living room."
Located at 413 8th St, New York, New York, just one block from the subway, the elegantly updated Park Slope townhouse has been listed on StreetEasy for $4,495,000.
Architectural Designers: Frances Mildred
Builder/General Contractor: Robertson-Tait
Interior Design: sheep + stone
Cabinetry Design: Semihandmade
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