Also Office Collaborate with Colony to Remodel a Bed-Stuy Townhouse
Once the house was nudged into the 21st century with sensitivity and in a holistic manner, interior design firm Colony was brought on to “play a part in unraveling it into the present moment,” says its founder Jean Lin.
Here’s what their collaboration yielded.
The three-story townhome in the historic district of Bed-Stuy was built in 1881. Its new owner hired Evan and his team to bring cohesion to the chaos. “(The project) required a different design approach to each floor depending on their respective states of disrepair and architectural quality. This entailed executing a contemporary gut renovation with a new single story addition and a new garden design on the ground level, while preserving and renovating the historic parlor level, and overseeing a modest cosmetic restoration of the second floor,” explains Evan.
And the award for Most Diplomatic Turn of Phrase goes to…Evan Erlebacher, founder of architecture firm Also Office, for this description of a project pre-intervention: “Like many townhouses in Brooklyn, this one had been maintained piecemeal over decades and not always in a professional way.” (Emphasis ours.) Translation: The building was a mess, a hodgepodge of DIY home improvement projects from the 1970s through the 1990s—all of it dated and bad.