The Insider: Steel and Glass Doors Brighten Cobble Hill House

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The new owners of this classic brick row house love the original 19th century details, especially on the parlor floor and the one above. They kept the arched opening, moldings, and mantels exactly as they were. But the rooms on the top floor of the four-story house needed rejiggering for their blended family’s needs, and the garden level, where the kitchen was located, was dark and uninviting. They also wanted a powder room on the parlor floor and bathroom upgrades throughout.

So they called on Manhattan-based Platt Dana Architects, with whom they had worked before. Much of Platt Dana’s work is what you don’t immediately see. Except on the parlor floor, said architect Kate Platt, who partners with Hope Dana in the full-service architecture firm, “Every wall is new, mostly plaster, as well as ceilings, millwork, lighting, molding, doors, casings, hardware. ”

The downstairs kitchen was a major order of business. “The original kitchen had very low ceilings,” said Kylie Kaiser, project architect. “The natural light struggled to make its way back to the informal dining area in the center of the garden floor. We opened up the ceiling to expose the original wood joists, which added height and rustic charm to the space.”

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