A family enlisted Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a Brooklyn brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials. The island and cabinets, fashioned from remilled Douglas-fir beams salvaged from upstate New York, sport inexpensive drawers from Ikea.
Portland-based studio Jessica Helgerson Interior Design rehauled a Brooklyn brownstone with furnishings and finishes in bold colors and tactile materials. In the basement lounge area under the stairs, Lee had a giant sofa is upholstered in 18 Peruvian blankets that JHID collected over several months.
Architects Hayes and James Slade of Slade Architecture renovated a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn. To tie the three floors together, the architects devised a blackened steel wall that acts like a multi-story magnetic board, running from the parlor floor to the roof.
In Situ Design and Lilian B Interiors adapted a six-story brownstone in midtown Manhattan into 33-room boutique hotel The William. Each floor received what the designers call a “visceral” color treatment using Benjamin Moore paints.
30E Design transformed a hallway in a Boston brownstone from a “dumping ground for all the plumbing and utilities with an existing metal ductwork laundry chute” into a modern space that houses the laundry, furnace, and boiler. The focal point of the sleek, white space is a glowing laundry chute illuminated from within by fiber-optic cables.
New York City’s first certified Passive House is actually an updated brownstone—but, among many other green improvements, the original facade was replaced by a stucco shell with foam insulation that runs 20 inches thick.