Park Slope Duplex

There were actually three odd levels in this quirky apartment, but no closets.  You entered at the top floor into a tiny galley kitchen.  Then a spiral stair drops through a low sleep loft on its way to a garden-level studio at bottom.  The awkward rooms were cluttered and squeezed.  We reconfigured the kitchen to widen counter tops, add storage, and clear the entry.  Soapstone counters, hearthstone, and mantel unify the floor.  At the sleep loft, a bold red headboard hides storage.  Downstairs, we added still more storage–a new walk-in closet and, even over the piano, a rolling ladder reaches high cabinets.  All the rooms overlook the owner’s garden.  The newly composed space remains a curious sectional puzzle.  But with belongings now hidden, the space serves as a backdrop for the patterns and colors of the owner’s collection.

photos: Brett Beyer