Carroll Gardens Row House

Delson or Sherman Architects magnified the small footprint of this row house by merging it with the outdoors.  To blur the boundary to the garden, the architect swapped a glass storefront for the rear masonry wall.  Then he amplified the effect by continuing the same bluestone flooring and stucco walls inside and out.  As a result, the little garden becomes an outdoor room, while the interior living area stretches into the green space.  Inside, a stair spreads to palatial width as it lands in the living room.  The skylight above diffuses its light through a wall of colored glass rondels.  A flush teak shower floor recalls a beach house.  And daylight ripples down a stone wall, and so raises a tiny meditation room to the sublime.

photos: Catherine Tighe