The Insider: Brooklyn Heights Gut Reno Recasts Apartment


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When architects Andrea Fisk and Jess Hinshaw of Boerum Hill-based Shapeless Studio first met their new client, a woman who had just purchased a one-bedroom apartment with a lovely view of treetops and church steeples in a Brooklyn Heights World War II-era co-op building, she used the phrase “jewel box” to describe the feeling she was after.

As Fisk unpacked the term, “She wanted a space that was well considered, where each corner of the apartment had something unique, with furnishings and design objects chosen very thoughtfully.” And plenty of storage, especially for books.

First came a complete gut renovation. “We replaced absolutely everything and changed the layout considerably,” said Fisk. “Before, the kitchen was in a tiny windowless alcove next to the front door. We opened it up in every direction.” A new bath and extensive custom millwork were part of the project, as were all-new furnishings.

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