The challenge: how to create a sense of light and space in a notably narrow late 19th-century townhouse? Located in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, the structure—with an interior width of 13.5 feet— was purchased by a young family of three who wanted to preserve the sequence of rooms. Equally importantly, they wanted a great-looking, central kitchen to replace the beat-up laminate design in the basement.
They found architects Anshu Bangia and Willam Agostinho on Remodelista. Members of the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory known for their thoughtful, clean-lined work, the couple were hired to perform a top-to-bottom update. Not surprisingly, it’s their artful kitchen solution, an extension on the parlor floor, that the owners say is their favorite room in the house. Come take a look.
Photography by Nicole Franzen, courtesy of Bangia Agostinho.
The architects also created functional “transitional spaces” between living areas: “utilities and storage are located in these interstitial spaces,” explains Bangia. The architects worked with contractor Ralph Attanasia of Showcase Construction, and Janik Furniture created all of the millwork.
The new glass windows and door by Marvin fill the back of the house with foliage. They open to a deck just big enough for a table and two chairs for morning coffee.
On the bottom of the cabinet, note the hidden toe-kick drawers with edge pulls—they’re sized for the couple’s biggest baking sheets.
The metal pantry handles are from Rocky Mountain Hardware; the wood knobs were sourced online unfinished from Nice Knobs! and painted. The floor of wide-plank reclaimed pine was installed to match the parlor floor’s existing subfloor that was exposed and salvaged.
Bangia Agostinho are based in Brooklyn and specialize in residential design. Here are three more of their projects:
- Rony Vardi’s Homey Townhouse with a Modern Garret
- Light and Shadow: Photographer Pia Ulin at Home
- Serenity Now: Creating Calm and Luxe in a Brooklyn Townhouse