The Insider: Resourceful Couple Launches Design Studio From Their Bed Stuy Fixer-Upper

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A couple of summers ago, when Will Glaser and Aubrey Ament bought a three-story row house in urgent need of TLC, they figured that — like many young couples — they’d fix up and rent out the garden level and live on the top two floors with their soon-to-be-born first child. Between them, they had extensive design-build skills. They planned to do much of the work themselves, and it would become the pilot project for their newly minted interior design and renovation project management business, GLAM Studio.

“That was always the plan, in order to afford the house. It was a big push to renovate the garden floor for rental income, and get the rest livable on a four-month timeline,” said Ament, who was not only mid-pregnancy when they closed on the house, but simultaneously finishing up her MFA in interior design at Pratt and documenting their progress on Instagram as work got under way.

A legal two-family divided into three makeshift apartments, the house had been “used and abused,” said Glaser, whose background is in product design and who had extensive cabinetwork and set building experience. “We hadn’t wanted something overly renovated,” said Ament. “We wanted to harness our skills and design it the way we wanted to, even though there were major budget constraints.”

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