Brooklyn Rowhouse with A Modern Update

Dynamic Architectural Publications

The ubiquitous rowhouse started popping up around the city in the late-18th and early-19th centuries as popular single-family dwellings. As the name implies, they were built with matching brick, then later brownstone, limestone, and terra-cotta façades, bringing architectural uniformity to city living.

Today, as popular as ever, they still might look cohesive from the street, but once inside, owners have customized to their heart’s and wallet’s content in order to make city living that much more palatable.

Entrepreneur Tim Cotton, and his wife, Anne-Laure Py, moved to Brooklyn in 2014 in search of a house that would accommodate their growing family. They found their diamond in the rough, an 1890 four-story rowhouse in a landmarked district of Park Slope.

steel doors, bathroom, upper deck

The house hadn’t been renovated or updated in decades. So with their architect, Brendan Coburn of CWB Architects, they gutted the whole thing and opened up the back, including the living room, seen above, to bring in air and light with steel windows and doors by Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors. “The steel windows at the rear of the home,” project manager Leah Solk of CWB says, “are thermally broken to reduce heat loss in winter”.

“We totally redid the garden and worked with a dear friend, Shanti Nagel, and her landscaping company, Design Wild

Cotton says. Nagel brought in nature from the penthouse to the basement level and the parlor-level garden, which is accessed from stairs off the living room.

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