When you see an old building in dire need of an update, it can be difficult to imagine just how far that transformation can go. Sure a little bit of paint, opening up a space, or replacing light fixtures can make a difference, but to have a highly skilled architectural firm approach it can mean drastic changes. It’s hard to have that kind of vision right off the bat, yet this 30-something couple (she owns a marketing strategy firm, he’s a real estate broker) managed to see through their Brooklyn brownstone’s wonky flooring and low ceilings. The building was originally built in the 1800s and was a bread factory, over time it was converted into a multi-family home and was stripped of its architectural charm. That’s where James Veal, Christine Stucker, and Stephan Weimer of Stewart-Schafer came in to bring it back to life, and beyond.
Everything about this home was custom, even a new structural beam had to be put in to properly support its three stories. As avid entertainers, the homeowners wanted the focus to be around the kitchen. Custom cabinetry, a kitchen island that transforms into a dining table, along with Calacatta Borghini marble countertops, backsplash and sink all drive the point home that this is the heart of the space. For further entertaining purposes, Christine and James designed a large pivoting door to allow for easy access to the back porch.
But it’s not just the kitchen that got custom treatment, they designed a three-story picture window running up along the staircase that allows for a tremendous amount of natural light to flood in as well as showcase spectacular views of the house’s surroundings. Even the decor was specially made for them: the gray mohair sectional was made by George Smith to give the living room plenty of seating. They paired the sofa with a vintage Henning Norgaard coffee table for an updated spin and their own designed Vik Chair to offer alternative seating.
With three different outdoor spaces and 3,100 square feet of well-designed interior to call home, this couple has the type of space that New York City dreams are made of.