COBBLE HILL BROWNSTONE
I was approached to look at a feasibility study on renovating a brownstone to increase rental value of two-apartments, and create a unique experience for the owner’s apartment. The existing brownstone was built around 1900 and has not undergone renovation in the past 40+ years. The brownstone is currently divided into three apartments, one of which is being used by the owner, with the remaining two being rented.
Major upgrades to the building include replacing all windows (including custom window boxes), kitchen and bathroom fixtures, floor finishes, and a new balustrade running throughout the building. The balustrade has been developed through grasshopper representing the pattern for a prostate cancer pharmaceutical drug that the owner helped market and will be created out of water jet cut steel panels.
The owner’s apartment has been gutted at the top level creating one large space to reflect his large gatherings and parties. An internal balcony has been carved into the space, bringing light deeper inside and allowing for an inside/outside experience when the folding doors are fully opened. The entrance to the apartment leads directly to the library, a wall of books shielding the private rooms to the guest realm, sky lit from above.
The feasibility was performed through schematic design and was stopped when the owner decided to take advantage of current real estate value and sell the non-renovated brownstone.