East Harlem Brownstone
The narrow brownstone had been divided into several shabby apartments when this family of five found it. The new modestly budgeted design turns the top floor into a sunlit play space with small sleeping rooms for each child and a segmented bathroom for multiple users. The parlor floor was opened to create one large living/dining/kitchen space. Green materials were used throughout, with dark-stained fiberboard floors at the garden level and recycled blue jeans for insulation.