Category: Details

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Greenpoint Brick Infill Reimagined

We were surprised to find masonry walls when we opened up the sheetrock of this free-standing wood frame house in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. We soon found that this type of exterior wall construction was very common for this typology, built around 1850. Part of the Owners’ vision for the renovation was to incorporate…

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Modern Millwork Details

We are loving this cabinet profile from a recent Park Slope townhouse renovation. The narrow shaker panel, accented with brass hardware, a dark island, and Carrara white marble create a modern update to a classic theme. We also love that the flushmount light fixtures above the island allow unobstructed views through the new, enlarged openings…

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Air Sealing Around Original Details

Implementing Passive techniques in historic rowhouses can be challenging, and this townhouse is no exception. When the original, ornate plaster crown could not be removed, it had to be incorporated into the continuous air barrier. The angled shelf below the crown creates a transition for the liquid applied air barrier to bridge from masonry to…

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Exacting The Level 5 Finish

Industry standards define wall finishes on a scale of 0 (no finish) to 5 (the most uniform finish). Typically, level 5 finish is reserved for areas that have very specific requirements, i.e. where highly reflective surface treatments will be used or where lighting is especially unforgiving.It is a painstaking process that requires several finish layers…

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It’s In the Details

The holidays are upon us which means lots of entertaining and cooking. The kitchen is often the workhorse of the home and requires special attention when planning for each cook’s needs. Storage space and accessibility are key, and elements like the ‘magic corner’, kick drawers, and appliance garages are thoughtful additions that make each kitchen…

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Painting as Artistry

It will take a very observant eye to see that this arched opening is not real wood. Once we saw this in the field, it was clear that a stained wood finish would make this pass through look much more distinguished. We were able to work with a skilled, decorative painter to mimic wood grain…

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Iconic Staircase

We love stairs! Vertical circulation is a very important part of our designs and we are proud of this unique example. Walnut treads and custom bent steel stringers are emphasized with artfully curved plaster on the underside of the stair.                              …

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The Greenhouse Effect

We love putting a little extra thought into typical features of townhouses to make them unique to each project. We re-purposed this existing lightwell off the kids’ bathroom into a terrarium space. When the sun goes down, the planter can be backlit for a nightlight effect. No more spooky goblins to creep into your child’s…

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Seamless Steam Shower

Steam showers need a slightly pitched, tiled ceiling to avoid ‘raining’ condensation droplets. In this Brooklyn Heights townhouse, we recessed the tile above the ceiling plane to allow the shower glass to extend full height. The shower ceiling then pitches downward to seamlessly connect with the ceiling plane. Often, good design is design that goes…

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Closet Envy

While we are fans of the functionality of semi-custom modular storage systems, some projects call for something more resplendent from the norm. This Manhattan townhouse has separate ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ master walk-in closets, proving that storage space can be celebrated when it is as eye-catching as this. Can you tell His from Hers? 😉  …