Name: Kelly and Stuart (with help from PorterFanna Architecture)
Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Lived in: 4 years
The design and construction phase lasted only five months, but what took place was nothing less then wholly transformative. Stuart knew what he wanted. In fact, he learned the drafting software 'sketch-up' to illustrate his visions. Then he hired architects to help him realize them. The apartment went from typical to fantastic...
Stuart wanted to take a typical pre-war Brooklyn apartment and transform it into a glamourous den of minimalism--a place where tons of stuff could be stored and out of sight, and where that which remained in view was sleek, comfortable and inviting.
Some of the high points that make the apartment unique include:
• Modernizing the space by staining the existing hardwood floor a dark grey
• Creating a bank of couches along the whitewashed brick wall, some of the seating customized with storage below the cushions.
• Building a one-piece chest of drawers that separates the entryway from the bedroom, and in which both sides have alternating operable drawers.
The entryway's ceiling was lowered and lined with blackened oxidizing steel (brushed with steel wool to look rougher) to create a small welcome space that would contrast and thus emphasize the height of the rest of the apartment.
Though much of the main living space is white, the bricks and the artwork act as softeners to create an awe inspiring experience for anyone seeing it for the first time or coming home after a long day away.
Style: Clean Modern
Inspiration: Materials and colors: slate, steel and glass
Favorite Element: Blackened magnetic steel wall and ceiling in the entryway. It embraces you in a rich, soothing aesthetic upon entering the apartment, and then offers up a playful display of favorite photos and memorabilia, held in place by silver painted picture frames with magnetic backs.
Biggest Challenge: Making the space feel larger and open, while adding storage so the apartment would be less cluttered and more comfortable and functional for two people.
What Friends Say: Nice. Modern. Feels like a Manhattan apartment in Brooklyn. // "It feels so much bigger than before!" // A lot are also surprised by the grey floors, as an option for wood floors.
Biggest Embarrassment: The intercom that falls off its cradle every time it's buzzed. The contractor didn't want to mess with the wiring for the intercom, so we kept the old one.
Proudest DIY: The interior design. I did a lot of the design work myself, and in collaboration with the architects. Staining the wooden knife holder with leftover floor stain was a fun discreet DIY project. ☺
Biggest Indulgence: Custom cabinetry. Custom curtain room divider for the bedroom.
Best Advice: Hire an architect (granted, that advice came from an architect ☺, but it was really good advice).
Dream Source: Boffi
Refrigerator: GE GTS18HBS 18.2 Cu. Ft. Top Freezer Refrigerator
Cooktop: Fisher & Paykel 36 in. Gas Cooktop
Oven: GE Profile SCB2000F Advantium Wall Oven
Microwave: GE Profile Above‐the‐Cooktop Advantium Oven #SCA2000F
Washing Machine: GE PDW9900 Series Built‐in Dishwasher with Smart Dispense
Kitchen Sink Basin: Kohler Stainless Steel Undertone Undercounter Sink K‐3332
Kitchen Sink Strainer: Kohler Duostrainer Sink Strainer D‐8801
Kitchen Faucet: Hansgrohe Axor Citterio Kitchen Faucet 39835XX1
Toilet: Duravit Starck 3, 12" roughin elongated toilet
Lavitory: Duravit Foster Series #086397 with siphon cover
Lav. Faucet: Hansgrohe Axor Steel Single‐Control Lav mixer / faucet 35002801
Tub Filler: Hansgrohe Axor Steel Tub Spout 3/4" 35412801
Shower Head and Controls: Hansgrohe Axor Steel Trio Diverter and volume control kit 35885801
Hansgrohe Axor Steel Universal Ecostat mixing valve Kit 35375801
Hansgrohe Axor Showerhead 7" 28484801
Hansgrohe Axor Raindance 15" Showerarm 27413001
Lighting: Vanity Lights Cubetto One Light D28G01 with silver tip bulbs ‐ Fabbian
Accent Lights: Entry Lightolier Calculite 4 1/2" Adjustable Accent, PAR20 Black
Living Room Downlights Lightolier Calculite 4 1/2" Recessed Downlight, PAR30 White
Bath Downlights Juno 4" Miniature TC Remodel Housing Incandescent Lamps TC1R
Bedroom Closet Zaneen Duo Brushed Aluminum Halogen #D9‐2011
Kitchen Zaneen Polifemo Stainless steel Halogen #D9‐2023
Bedroom sconce David Weeks Two Arm Sconce #203
Dimmer Switches Lutron Maestro Multi‐Location Dimmer with Claro faceplates (white)
Hanging living room cabinets: Wonk Furniture, Brooklyn
Hanging bedroom beauty bar: Wonk Furniture, Brooklyn
Entry Cabinet and shelving: Euromax Construction Custom, Abbot Paint Ilva White Gloss #PM‐10
Built in Media Cabinet: Euromax Construction Custom, Abbot Paint Ilva White Gloss #PM‐10
Kitchen Cabinets: Ikea base cabinets with Abstrakt White finish doors
Floor: Finish and Stain Existing oak floor finished with Mohawk wiping wood stain (white) and
Ronan Dropblack permanent blue with clear semigloss polyurethane
Walls: Benjamin Moore Regal White Eggshell Aquavelvet
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Regal White Matt
Trim: Benjamin Moore Regal White Semi Gloss
Bedroom: Wallcovering Wolf Gordon Vinyl Wallcovering, Linework "Wave" Tinsel, WAV 6‐2351
Kitchen Counter Top: Fireslate Grey 3/4" thick with pure tung oil finish
Bath Floor Tiles: Mont Blanc 12x12x 1/2 Polished ‐ Coverings Etc.
Bath Wall Tiles: Glacier Glass Tiles ‐ White 2x2 ‐ Stone Source
Window Treatments: Horizon Window Treatments roller shades
Sliding doors: Bath 1/2" LUMAsite Frost‐SOS, American Acrylic Corporation
Steel "wrapper" at entry Custom made 1/8" blackened steel plate hand finished by architect
Bedroom Curtain: Koplavitch & Zimmer Como Silk‐Silver + blockout liner ‐ H & A Upholstry
Bath: Boffi Blade Brushed Stainless steel Clothes Hooks,
Shelf, Soap Dish (Teak), Toilet Roll Holder, Towel Rails
Bedroom: beauty mirror Boffi white Lid with rotating mirror
TV Brackets: Sanus System Tilt and Swivel Wall Mounts
Custom radiator covers: Custom designed brushed aluminum angles ‐ Hadco Aluminum
Custom kitchen shelves Steel Frame: Soapstone Studios,
Plastic shelves: 1/2" white plexiglass, Canal Plastics
Miscellaneous Hardware: Hafele
Dining Table: Alberto Meda Die‐cast aluminum Frametable with tempered glass top
Chairs: Jacobsen Series 7
Sofas: The Door Store, New York
Couch with storage: Wonk Furniture, Brooklyn with Hafele #634.47.401 steel furniture feet
Bar Stools: Emeco Barstool ‐ Brushed Aluminum