Name: Alysia and David
Size: 2400 sqft, 4 bdrm brownstone
Favorite: the space and that it is finished!
Years Lived In: less than a year
Alysia and David let go of their rent-controlled apartment and took the leap into home ownership, DIY renovation, and sustainable design all at once! They found a true fixer-upper in Harlem...
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And half-way through the process they ran into Dwell's president who got interested. Next thing you know, there is a 10-episode expose on the couple's migration uptown and the high-end elements of the home have been provided by company sponsors.
While it is a little strange to walk through someone's home and see the little 'sponsored by' signs all over the place, I am sure the signs came down as soon as Dwell's Design Weekend open house event ended.
I appreciated their effort to use sustainable elements as much as possible: radiant heating below the floors throughout the house, a cooling system with energy provided by solar panels, a green roof, non-toxic materials, and recycled glass counters, salvaged wood furniture. The result is a soothing, spacious, environmentally conscious design over three floors of a beautiful Harlem brownstone.
Architect: Hannah Purdy