Architectural designer Tiffany Schrader-Brown has designed many renovations throughout her career, but Brooklyn townhouses are her favorite. Three years ago, she and her family moved into this 1899 townhouse in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, after the completion of not only a gut renovation but also a modern addition above the original structure that she designed and built. The result is a light-filled, family-friendly space that maintains many of its original details. She was able to preserve the old charm of the bedroom floor by repurposing marble fireplace mantles as windowsill seats, as well as keeping the exposed brick and the original doorknobs (minus the lead paint). Tiffany has successfully created a flexible living space for entertaining, spending time with family and letting her son and his best friend (whose apartment is below theirs) run free. Thank you, Tiffany, and thank you to the photographer, Rachel Been, for sending us these lovely photos! You can also check out Rachel’s Sneak Peek here. — Shannon
Image above: Books are important to us, so I built a wall of books that climbs into the double-height space around the kitchen table. Our son and his best friend use the aisle around the kitchen island like a racetrack, taking lap after lap to race, run and laugh.
See more of this renovated Brooklyn townhouse after the jump . . .
Image above: My husband’s late father’s expired passport.
Image above: The Eames rocker is the only piece of nursery furniture that lasts and lasts. Ours made its way to the living room after we stopped rocking our son to sleep.
Image above: My sister is a singer/songwriter, and she started my son early on in lessons.
Image above: The original brick walls are exposed in the bedrooms — you can even see the lintel that supported the short doorway when these rowhouses were constructed. Workers built the entire block at the same time and had a passageway through the middle of our house to easily access the neighboring houses.
Image above: You can see the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Clock Tower from our roof deck. The backyards of the row houses on our block adjoin the yards of those on the next street down, so it feels like you’re overlooking a huge park divided into long, narrow family gardens. There is tons of light in the winter when the trees are bare, but during the summer you have more privacy, and the backyard view is pure green.