Carroll Gardens Brownstone

Given a brownstone filled with asbestos, the Brooklyn architects took heart that this client had green ambitions. Beyond the abatement, however, they used a wide range of sustainable design strategies.  Radiant heat flooring, solar water heating, a whole house fan, spray foam insulation, and reclaimed materials, to name a few.  Moreover, they maximized daylight by opening a third of the rear wall to glass and cutting big skylights into the playroom and kids’ bathroom. Even the little rear balconies are the result of adaptive reuse.  They’re made from the old fire escape, minus the ladders.  Lastly, the little circle in the etched-glass front door is a peephole of clear glass.

photos: Seong Kwon