A Plan & Budget for Mini Renovations by OA
Architect: Aniket Shahane of OA: Office of Architecture
Location: Brooklyn, New York
For budget-conscious first-time home owners in Brooklyn, Aniket Shahane of Office of Architecture put together a long-term design plan that could be executed over time in a series of “mini-renovations” — Aniket explains the idea below…
Not having the time nor the finances to take on a major renovation project, a Brooklyn couple wanted to renovate their newly purchased 110-year-old rowhouse in a manner that would be quick and affordable. Office of Architecture (OA) proposed an overarching vision for the project to be executed over time through a series of smart, small, minimalist renovations.
This process has allowed the couple — who are also first time homeowners — the flexibility to renovate the house as their needs and finances evolve without compromising design. The various “mini-renovations” have involved everything from demolition of existing walls, reorganizing circulation, painting all walls white, redesign of backyard and renovation of the kitchen. All the mini-renovations had to work within strict time constraints. For example, the first mini-renovation (demolition and painting) was executed in the week between the couple’s house closing and move-in date. The third mini-renovation — the backyard — was executed over a Memorial Day weekend. OA’s goal on the interior and exterior with all the renovations was to provide a clean, minimal architectural backdrop for the couple’s already fascinating collection of vintage curios, books, and picture frames. More renovations are planned for the future including the second floor redesign.
Images: Raymond Adams Photography for Office of Architecture
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