Collection by Sarah Akkoush

It's Back to Basics for This 1901 Brooklyn Town House


A tasteless remodel undone in Boerum Hill.

In Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood, a family of four gained valuable square footage when they moved into a new house in the neighborhood they already lived in and loved. While upgrading in size and gaining backyard space, the owners also inherited a host of architectural, structural, and cosmetic problems. The historic home, built in 1901, was not in great shape, and any character details of the original structure had been carelessly stripped. Along with Bangia Agostinho Architecture, the owners set out to restore the home to its original glory, while respectfully adding their own modern stamp. “It was important for the owners to have the new house be in context with the neighborhood, but not exactly imitate a traditional town house,” says Bangia Agostinho principal Anshu Bangia. Inside, the clients’ affinity for clean, modern design was realized, punctuated by details fabricated from salvaged materials.

When the owners found the house, it was severely neglected, structurally unsound, and thoughtlessly stripped of...
A common theme of the remodel was the incorporation of salvaged material, both from the original house and outside...
On the first floor, the kitchen features simple white IKEA cabinetry juxtaposed with a natural wood surround for the...
The decidedly modern dining and kitchen areas open to the backyard through a floor-to-ceiling steel-and-glass door,...
A salvaged pine bookshelf is a focal point of the home and complements the oak stair.
On the top floor, the bookshelf becomes a storage cabinet at the entry to the master bedroom.
The master bedroom features shorter planks of five-and-a-half-inch-wide white oak flooring.
Another incorporation of the original fir beams can be seen in the bathroom’s medicine cabinet frame.
Opposite the master bedroom on the top floor lies the sunny kids’ bedroom.
The rear facade is a surprisingly modern counterpoint to the traditional front.
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