Located on a tree-lined street in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, this late-1800s, three-story brownstone had been held within a family for decades- and fell into disrepair and in desperate need of renovation. Windows had decayed, leaving large gaping holes to the elements beyond. The previous ad-hoc renovations in the 1980 and '90s carved up the kitchen and bathrooms creating awkward circulation and dated finishes. Bright red wall-to-wall carpet and layers of caked-on paint were everywhere.

This gut renovation aimed to sensitively restore historical details, while introducing contemporary architectural elements and finishes. Detailed inlaid wood, decorative plaster and wood moldings of a different era were carefully returned to their former glory. Modern kitchen and baths were introduced with clean details, a rich palette of materials, and more comfortable proportions, while respecting the historic conditions.

Photos by Mark Wickens

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Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Wood Cabinet, Porcelain Tile Floor, Ceramic Tile Floor, Subway Tile Backsplashe, Refrigerator, Accent Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Range, Recessed Lighting, Range Hood, Ice Maker, Dishwasher, Microwave, and Undermount Sink. Kitchen: bright airy garden level kitchen has several seating areas Photo  of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Kitchen: bright airy garden level kitchen has several seating areas

Modern home with Kitchen, White Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Cabinet, Subway Tile Backsplashe, Pendant Lighting, Porcelain Tile Floor, Accent Lighting, Dishwasher, and Undermount Sink. Custom white oak cabinetry provides a clean interior  Photo 2 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Custom white oak cabinetry provides a clean interior

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Chair, Storage, Craft Room Room Type, Shelves, Porcelain Tile Floor, and Desk. Tucked in a small workspace, just behind the kitchen pantry's pivot pocket doors Photo 3 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Tucked in a small workspace, just behind the kitchen pantry's pivot pocket doors

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, Console Tables, Medium Hardwood Floor, Light Hardwood Floor, and Accent Lighting. Parlour level Living Room: restored existing woodwork  bringing it back to life Photo 4 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Parlour level Living Room: restored existing woodwork bringing it back to life

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Recliner, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Light Hardwood Floor. Study fitted out with new custom white oak bookshelves Photo 5 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Study fitted out with new custom white oak bookshelves

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Accent Lighting, Standard Layout Fireplace, Table, Pendant Lighting, Wood Burning Fireplace, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Light Hardwood Floor. Dining Room: salvaged fireplace restores the authentic 1899 dining room while adding modern tiles and pop of colour Photo 6 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Dining Room: salvaged fireplace restores the authentic 1899 dining room while adding modern tiles and pop of colour

Modern home with Living Room, Recliner, Coffee Tables, Chair, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Light Hardwood Floor. Study/Library  Photo 7 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Study/Library

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. Entry stair  Photo 8 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Entry stair

Modern home with Kids Room, Bed, Storage, Shelves, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bedroom Room Type, Toddler Age, and Neutral Gender. Children's bedroom: playful fabric decals enliven a historic room Photo 9 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Children's bedroom: playful fabric decals enliven a historic room

Modern home with Bath Room, Wood Counter, Vessel Sink, Concrete Floor, Enclosed Shower, Open Shower, Full Shower, Recessed Lighting, Subway Tile Wall, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Wall, Accent Lighting, Mosaic Tile Wall, and One Piece Toilet. Masterbathroom: custom teak vanity floats above a graphic cement tile floor Photo 10 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Masterbathroom: custom teak vanity floats above a graphic cement tile floor

Modern home with Bedroom, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Bed, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Masterbedroom Photo 11 of Brooklyn BrownstoneView Photos

Masterbedroom

Photographer
  • Mark Wickens

Overview

Location
  • Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Year
  • 1899
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