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Office With A View

The perks of working from home are clear with this rooftop addition, designed as a dual office space with plenty of natural light. Glass corners and carefully angled walls frame the sweeping Manhattan skyline and create two distinct work areas that are separate from the living spaces below and just steps away from a green…

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Before & After: Brick Reincarnation

From an original painted brick facade, to stone veneer in the early 2000s, this townhouse had seen many iterations of its facade before implementing a full restoration back to the exposed brick with brownstone lintels and door enframement, a new cornice to match the original, new windows and front door, and new ironwork around the…

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ERVs – What Are They and How Do They Work?

We utilize ERVs, or Energy Recovery Ventilators, in not only our Passive Houses, but in most of our residential projects. ERVs draw outdoor air into the unit and foster an exchange of heat and moisture. Then, incoming air is filtered, cleaned, and introduced into the rooms of a home. At the same time the unit…

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Before + After: Small Changes Activate a Facade

This project presented a unique opportunity to design horizontally in Brooklyn Heights. The two-story carriage house already had a unique front façade. We enhanced it with new windows, transoms, glazed doors, window boxes, and lighting to create a “jewel box” effect when the sun sets. Landscaping that surrounds the sprawling, lush roof deck softens the…

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Join BIA and NESEA for a Virtual Tour

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is featuring one of our projects for their Virtual Pro Tour happening live on Friday, April 16. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of a historic Manhattan firehouse into four units of PHI-certified passive housing. Construction is currently underway and you’ll be able to see it all through a…

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Reviving Old Brick

Even without an addition, this rear facade looks very different from its starting point. Not only are the large openings to the parlor kitchen and garden family room new, we also added a steel deck with stairs to connect the kitchen to rear yard. The easily overlooked detail is the transformation of the brick. Like…

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Before + After: Sweeping Stoop

More daylight and higher temperatures mean more evenings spent people-watching on the front stoop. The tight parameters of this front yard required precision when re-designing the stoop. By eliminating the second entry door and reclaiming the original arch-top window, we were able to create a more gracious, sweeping stair on the opposite side of the…

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From Paper to Practice: Natural Light Reimagined

One of the compromises in adding an elevator to this Brooklyn Heights home was that it would block the natural light streaming through an existing etched glass window into this stairwell. To make room for the elevator shaft located just on the other side of the etched window, we were able to condense the stairs…

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Enjoy the Sunshine!

Here’s a midweek reminder to enjoy the outdoors today! After a year spent mostly indoors, warmer temperatures have us looking forward to spending more time in the open air, whether it’s going for a walk around the neighborhood or sitting in your backyard. We love this Park Slope example that has a direct connection to…

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Playful Tile Geometries

A playful geometric pattern can add lots of interest to small scale bathrooms. Pattern always works well on a traditional bathroom floor, and can also be applied to bathroom walls for a modern twist. Tiles can be pieced together like a puzzle to create a one-of-a-kind wall mural that is full of movement or uniquely…