Brownstones as beautiful as those on President Street in Carroll Gardens rarely enter the market. When our client was able to purchase the landmarked beauty they grew up in, they not only jumped on the opportunity, they doubled down with a full gut brownstone renovation that reconfigured the space into a modern, more breathable home for raising their next generation.
In the original layout of the three-story home the common area was on the second floor while the garden floor was an array of smaller rooms. For a more practical layout conducive to their four person home, the clients decided to open up the space in full, moving the focal point of the home downstairs. Since they welcome kid-friendly entertaining, their goal with the updated layout was free-flowing walkability from the front door through the living room and into the back kitchen and sunken dining room with exterior entry.
While Gallery generally designs the majority of our brownstone renovations, this project required us to work with an architect who was off-shore. The client enlisted them for design and drawings which we implemented on their behalf.
With such a gorgeous canvas, our approach was to ensure superior craftsmanship in every inch of the home. From the restored original fireplaces and hand-carved banisters to the mosaic tile patterns and kaleidoscope of colors uniquely customized for each respective room throughout the home, the technical and observational details are what make this full gut renovation special.
To ensure a pristine final product, the Gallery team took every precaution from start to finish. For instance, with so many deliveries coming into the space, we framed the front stoop to prevent any damage. We also added plywood protection on all fireplaces to prevent any scuffs from all the moving materials and appliances.
The focal point of this stunning BK brownstone renovation is undoubtedly the kitchen. To create a functional but welcoming space that serves as a natural transition between the main sitting rooms in the great area and the exterior dining space, we built a large centerpiece island with an easy-to-clean quartz countertop plus plenty of seating and space to serve a smorgasbord of snacks. All of the bells and whistles are featured in the kitchen space, with custom-built organizers in every crevice of the custom cabbage cabinets and all outlets hidden to prevent any blemishes on the Calacatta Borghini marble backsplash.
Amidst the communal kitchen is a stand-alone wet bar, which has a separate countertop and sink for added convenience during a packed house. The hanging floating shelf was sourced and custom-made by a local metal shop and required specialty cuts to the custom brass (which is sneaky heavy). The kitchen hardware and lighting fixtures offer matching brass touches, along with the specialty brass-plated Buster + Punch light switches.
Beyond the main kitchen space is the dining area, facing the backyard with an additional rear entrance to the home. To better leverage the space and funnel more exterior sunlight into what had traditionally been much more of a dimly-lit space due to the narrow nature of brownstones and their lack of windows, we extended the back of the home to create a step-down dining area with massive floor-to-ceiling bi-fold glass doors and two large skylights. With access to the backyard and a seasonal uptick in outdoor activities, we installed a custom-made retractable screen to come down in the summer and prevent any buggy situations.
Considering a brownstone renovation in NYC? View our brownstone and townhouse renovation before and after portfolio, learn more about Gallery, or simply contact us today. We are an award-winning design-build firm in New York City with a full-service approach to residential renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn including everything from interior design and architectural services to building management and board approvals, to construction and construction management. We’re experts in renovating pre-war homes, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, sourcing custom pieces, building entirely new rooms (or even balconies), millwork, and all that falls in between. Let us bring your dream home to life.
Forget about any horror story you have heard about contractors. Stop right here. This is the design-build contractor you want to HIRE. It was a breeze working with Gallery on our apartment combination project. We looked at quiet a few design-build companies and chose Gallery because of the great communication and the fact that they were able to manage material purchasing and product selection for us. They were honest, took responsibility and pride in their work.”
Gallery did a gut renovation of the two extremely dated bathrooms in our 1940 Bayside home. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results! The process from beginning to end was facilitated by their team, who came up with great design ideas and suggestions. They were always on top of the project and responded to our questions/problems quickly, with 100% resolution. I would not hesitate to recommend them!
Worked with the Gallery Team to do a full gut renovation of our home. As a young family we wanted a more modern and open layout but needed a practical and functional layout which the Gallery Team worked with us to design. They were very helpful through the entire process and worked with us each step of the way with great responsiveness and care for our project. They were helpful but not pushy through the design process and efficient through the construction process. They maintained open lines of dialogue and we are very happy with the way our home turned out. Thank you Gallery!
From the start, we wanted a crew that could do full service (design and build). After looking at some other designs, we really liked what Gallery offered in way of aesthetics. Then, during the entire process, the team was all over it! Issues always come up, but it’s how these guys handled them that make me here writing a positive review. Can’t recommend them highly enough
I enthusiastically recommend Gallery, who did a superb job renovating our once decrepit 2-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights. The project involved a full kitchen and bathroom renovation, as well as new electrical, refinished floors, new doors, new baseboards, and some rearranged bedroom closets. What is more, when I have them the wrong paint color for my daughter’s bedroom, and the team started to paint that color, they got the paint I wanted and corrected the “mistake” (which has actually been my mistake) and didn’t charge me for that either. I’d choose them again 100 times over and definitely recommend them to anyone considering a similar project.
We interviewed about 8 different companies before hiring a contractor for our apartment renovations. Although Gallery was not the cheapest option, we chose them based on their upfront billing format, high client reviews, and depth of knowledge. We loved how it was a “one stop shop” and were paying one bill, up front. Everything was very transparent and we could not be happier with the results! Our apartment looks exactly how we imagined. Thank you!!