East Harlem Brownstone

This narrow East Harlem house was a stack of shabby flats before we renovated.  Though the new owners had a modest budget, we gave them a brownstone of elegant simplicity. We turned the narrow hall at the top floor into a sunny playroom. Around this skylit space, we arrayed small sleeping rooms for each child, as well as a segmented bathroom for multiple users.  We opened the parlor floor into one large living/dining/kitchen space.  And throughout the house, we used green materials, from dark-stained fiberboard floors to recycled blue jeans for insulation.

photos: Catherine Tighe