If you’re one for Brooklyn’s more hidden gems, travel with us to Gowanus, where a fixer-upper at 162 10th Street was rescued by an architect who redesigned it for her family. The end result is a sophisticated interior with treasures at every turn. We’re talking tons of reclaimed materials and details that give this $1.195 million townhouse a built-in story hour.
The townhome makes an immediate first impression with a front façade covered with charred hemlock, an ancient Japanese treatment called “shou sugi ban.” On the back of the house, walls are clad with reclaimed corrugated steel from an old barn, while the backyard boasts apple trees and a 100-year-old muscat grape vine.
Inside, the 1,100-square-foot home has a living room with a classic Danish wood-burning stove, a new kitchen with marble counters and custom cabinets, and a dining room with garden access, a wood-burning fireplace and a skylight. Built-in Baltic birch shelves can be found throughout the house.
The second floor has two bedrooms with an open skylit space that can either be an office or a nursery. The bathroom boasts radiant heated slate floors. Meanwhile, down in the basement, there’s a rec room, laundry facilities, and space for a studio or workshop.
162 10th Street is one of a block of two-story rowhouses between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in Gowanus. Before the viaduct (which carries the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) was built in the 1930s, the block was lined with wood houses likely built for the working class. The townhouse is near Gowanus restaurants like Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ, Runner & Stone, and pie haven Twenty Blackbirds. There’s a Whole Foods close by along with train access. Additional updates to the home include new Pella windows, Nest thermostats, zoned air conditioning and heat, and completely updated electrical and plumbing.
Photos courtesy of Corcoran Group
THE HOME BEFORE THE RENOVATION:
Neighborhoods : Gowanus