The Insider: Prospect Heights Reno Saves Woodwork, Adds AC

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The issues that brought the owners of a vintage row house to Sarah Jacoby, a Long Island City-based architect who has renovated many a Brooklyn townhouse since establishing her firm in 2014, were “not that sexy,” as she put it. Instead, they were extremely practical.

Jacoby’s clients had been living in the under-18-foot-wide house for several years, long enough to fully consider their needs and wants. They asked her to open up the narrow parlor floor, update the kitchen, add a powder room, convert the garden floor to a standalone rental unit, and redo the cellar to create clean storage space, along with such unseen but significant things like adding central AC and getting non-working fireplaces to work.

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