#3 - Elise & Bryan’s Prewar Family Nest

(Catching up from not posting yesterday, we're slipping in one more today and one more tomorrow as well.)

Name: Elise, Bryan, Ry & Frankie
Location: Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY
Size & Type: 650 sf one-bedroom that’s been transformed into a two-bedroom by nixing the dining room.

Favorite resource:

Dykes Lumber combined with Elise’s space-planning, our carpenter neighbor Slawomir Zlawadzki (347-276-2266), and Bryan’s handy carpentry skills.


Sunset Park is the tallest neighborhood in Brooklyn, so our second floor window boasts views of Manhattan as if we lived in a treetop, thus the “nest” in our entry’s title. We thought we were busting at the seams before the kids but between sky-high apartment prices and creative space-planning, we’ve made our home roomy enough for four...

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Pitch Cont'd:

How? Built-in cabinetry hides everything from carefully edited clothes, books, files and toys to our media center. The serene color scheme relaxes while our hidden TV and pared down belongings make room for more important things, like dancing or playing hide-and-seek.

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Your favorite element:

Those “great bones”—well-executed original floorplan; pre-war details—parquet floors, substantial moldings (including chair- and picture-rails), glass doorknobs, solid wood paneled and windowed doors, marble windowsills, American Standard tub and bathroom sink, white subway tiles in bathroom, curved ceilings in living room and master bedroom.

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