Clinton Hill Brownstone

This project was featured in the New York Times. Check out our Media page for a link to the full article.

This Clinton Hill brownstone had been rental units for many decades and suffered much neglect on top of some original inferior engineering.


Gutted Stripped
The entire brownstone needed to be gutted (click to enlarge)

This house was largely stripped back to its bones before it could go forward.


New mechanical system Supported stairs
A new mechanical system was installed (left). Falling stairs were temporarily supported (right) (click to enlarge)

The falling staircases were jacked up and pulled back into position, and totally restored. The roof system was failing and had to have considerable strengthening work. The mechanical systems were designed to be as efficient as possible, and zoned for maximum future energy savings. All baths and kitchens were removed as part of turning it back into a one family home.

Plaster detail in the bedroom
Bedroom walls feature decorative plaster work (click to enlarge)

Plaster detail Plaster detail
Plaster detailing could be found throughout the house (click to enlarge)

Important to the homeowner, and to us, was saving all the plaster detail, and all the original floors, hardware, doors, etc. A century of paint was stripped and all plaster restored.


Lime washed wall
Exterior walls were given a lime wash finish (click to enlarge)

Soy-based foam insulation and Vermont made restoration windows added to the new, tighter envelope. Final finishes included organic lime-washed walls with natural tints and zero VOC's.


New mechanical system Living room
Many of the classic elements of the home were kept, but updated with a modern twist, such as the large mirror over the fireplace (click to enlarge)

The project came in under $200 per sq. ft., in keeping with a tight budget for the extent of work required.

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