The Insider: Carroll Gardens Townhouse Gets Burgundy Kitchen


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The starting point: a three-story row house with a dreary, dated interior, but lots of potential — exactly what Bernheimer Architecture’s clients had been looking for. “They wanted a townhouse in poor shape cosmetically,” said Meredith Kole, an architect and principal at the Industry City-based firm. This one fit the bill.

Owned by the same family for six decades and with a rental unit on the top floor, it featured acoustical tile ceilings, ersatz wood paneling and linoleum in some of the rooms, and way too many walls. Fortunately, Kole said, “The bones were totally fine. They jumped on it and commissioned us to make it a one-family.”

“It was just shy of a full gut,” said Andrew Bernheimer, founder and principal of Bernheimer Architecture, whose portfolio includes affordable housing and retail space. “There were things we wanted to respect and were able to keep,” including the arched entry doors and the location of the stair, as well some original moldings. “But all the partitions were reconfigured,” he said, creating open, flowing space in place of formerly cramped rooms.

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