Narrow Brooklyn Brownstone

The clients, a young family of four, purchased a 12.5’ wide brownstone in Park Slope that had not been renovated in years but still retained many original details. Sarah Jacoby Architectworked closely with the owners to create more efficient and expansive interior spaces, despite the narrow width of the residence.

Significantly more space was created by enlarging the garden level, adding a guest suite with a new bathroom and laundry room. A new kitchen on the parlor level above opens on to a terrace, which covers the roof of the new addition. SJA also added a new powder room to the parlor level, and opened up the living room wall to expose more of the stair and make the room feel larger.

On the second level, SJA designed a new master suite with a new en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. The design also updated the bathroom on the third level, where the children’s bedrooms are located.

While the renovation added many new features and opened up several spaces to create a better flow, the design was simultaneously careful not to overwhelm or compromise the spirit of the historic features. Throughout the house, SJA restored as much of the original moldings and woodworking details of the brownstone as possible, to retain its traditional character.

Images by Ty Cole Photography