Little House Big City.
The owners of this 11-foot-wide row house in Brooklyn were faced with a conundrum that many young families in New York eventually confront: the possibility of sacrificing location for space. After living in the house for eight years, the pair – architect/Yale critic Aniket Shahane and jewelry designer Blanca Monros Gomez – chose to expand in order to make room for their two growing children and remain in the Brooklyn neighborhood they had come to admire. The original 2-story, 1000SF home was completely gutted and extended to 4 levels by adding a bedroom suite above and digging a new urban mudroom below. The narrowness of the house required the design to make effective yet frugal use of space; every inch was important. Precise positioning of walls, doors, and windows was crucial as each floor was planned to serve a purpose. The lowest level serves as a new entry, storage, laundry, and mechanical area; the first floor is a continuous public space with living, dining, kitchen, and library opening to gardens in the front and back; the second contains two kids' bedrooms along with a 2-sink bathroom; while the topmost level holds the master suite with a sleeping area, bathroom, balcony, and terrace. A slender steel stair repositioned on the south side party wall connects the house vertically and draws more light, air, and views into the building. Materials throughout the home are modest, natural, and unassuming: the rawness of black painted brick, unfinished steel and character-grade walnut is juxtaposed with the simple refinement of honed Carrara marble and matte ceramic hex tiles. The result is a home that is not just larger, but livelier – filled with the possibility to do more and stay longer in a city that requires its residents to be resourceful and inventive.

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Rear Facade

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Front Facade

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Rear Roof Terrace

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Mudroom / Entry

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Front Facade

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Powder Room

Modern home with Kitchen, Marble Counter, White Cabinet, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Wall Lighting, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Ice Maker, Light Hardwood Floor, Undermount Sink, Wall Oven, and Range. The narrowness of the house required the design to make effective yet frugal uses of space. Precise positioning of walls, doors, and windows were crucial as each floor was planned to serve a purpose. The first floor is a continuous public space with a living room, dining area, kitchen, and library opening to gardens in the front and back.

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The narrowness of the house required the design to make effective yet frugal uses of space. Precise positioning of walls, doors, and windows were crucial as each floor was planned to serve a purpose. The first floor is a continuous public space with a living room, dining area, kitchen, and library opening to gardens in the front and back.

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Breakfast Counter

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Kitchen Details

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting, Wall Lighting, and Dark Hardwood Floor. Dining Room Photo 11 of Brooklyn Row 1View Photos

Dining Room

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Drawing Nook

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting, Wall Lighting, and Dark Hardwood Floor. Living Room Photo 13 of Brooklyn Row 1View Photos

Living Room

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Parents' Bedroom

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Parents' Balcony

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Rooftop Bedroom

Modern home with Bath Room, Wall Mount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and One Piece Toilet. Bathroom Shower Photo 17 of Brooklyn Row 1View Photos

Bathroom Shower

Modern home with Bath Room, Wall Mount Sink, and One Piece Toilet. Bathroom Photo 18 of Brooklyn Row 1View Photos

Bathroom

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Stairwell with skylight

Modern home with Bath Room, Wall Mount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, One Piece Toilet, and Wall Lighting. Kids' Bathroom Photo 20 of Brooklyn Row 1View Photos

Kids' Bathroom

Photographer
  • Rafael Gamo - Exteriors
  • Matthew Williams - Interiors

Overview

Location
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 1800