NY House Tour: Josh and Adele's Brooklyn Aerie

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Name: Josh & Adele
Location: Park Slope
Favorite: The solid plexiglass sliding door to the office
Quote: "When we visited this place, we came up to the roof and it just felt like home."

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This place was a needle in a haystack. In perhaps the least attractive building on the block, the apartment was mis-listed by brokers as being in Manhattan, is a 5th floor walk-up and wasn't in great shape. For a couple with a newborn on the way, it doesn't seem like an auspicious start. But these two are not ordinary people and being an architect and an art consultant they were able not only to find this apartment, but to see what a gem it was...

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We got invited over for a delicious rooftop barbeque on Sunday and couldn't stop taking pictures. Here's the lowdown (And note that they are not done yet. This project has a few things still to take care of on the punch list).

The building isn't the prettiest because it sticks out further than any other, but that gives each apartment about 10 more feet of length than any other building on the block - and you get to LOOK at the other pretty ones. J & A have a beautiful living room/dining area that gets tons of light because of this. They even have side windows (which none of the other buildings have), which capture the sunset over Manhattan!

The walk-up provides a remarkable feature: they have a roofdeck all to themselves. In addition, since the building is the tallest around, they have unobstructed views in all directions!

On the roof you will see a few finds: a stainless steel grill that looks like the $800 models, but was a find for only $350 at Home Depot (Charmglow). The seating is all woven vinyl on aluminum frames and totally weatherproof and comfortable (from Janus et Cie).

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The bedrooms were created by Josh and share one bathroom. We loved the simplicity of the baby's room and the luxury of their room with a large reach in closet (doors are coming!).

In the hallway you will find the office separated off by the plexi door (polished and frosted on one side - $400 from AIN Plastics), which creates privacy while allowing the light to fill the hall. Since they are also sliding, there are no doors to take up any space. The shelves in the hallway are Rakks.

In the kitchen you will find remarkable bedmates: Ikea cabinets and custom marble tops. We were blown away by the cabinets and had never seen them before. Looking exactly like high end Boffi, the laquered red doors are so fine you can see yourself in them and the red warms the whole room. Warning, these are so popular they are often on backorder (J & A are still waiting for a few pieces).

The living area hasn't had too much done to it yet (it doesn't need much), and besides comfortable playing house to the "most expensive couch ever" and the sunny dining room, it serves as a staging area for heading upstairs and outdoors...

It was a total treat to discover Josh and Adele's home, lap up all their innovations and realize how much better life could be out in Brooklyn (if ONLY the trains ran regularly!). (Thanks, J & A!) MGR

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(Re-Edited from 2005-05-10 - MGR)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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