Upper West Side, New York City
Our clients, an accomplished attorney and artist, discovered our work when, looking for a new home, they saw a historic townhouse we had renovated in 2010. Inspired by that, they called on us to renovate what they subsequently bought: a Queen Anne-style, red brick townhouse, with a stepped gable roof line that been designed by Frederick B. White in 1886.
It was a landmarked building, and of course its 4,000-square-foot interior, never modernized, had the boxy, gloomy layout typical of Victorian homes. Our brief was to transform it into the light filled home they wanted to live in. So, we completely gutted it and remade the interior according to an open floor plan. In particular we allowed for the kitchen, dining and living areas to flow into one another. Central to our design, however, was a dramatic stairwell made of wood and glass that lay under a new and large skylight in the roof. Both allowed light to filter down to the lower levels, adding the brightness we were all looking for.
We created a floor-through master suite on the second floor that has its own terrace. We also renovated guest and nursery floors above. An office was designed for the basement floor that now opens onto a re-landscaped rear yard. We added a roof garden to give our clients even more outdoor space.