BEFORE AND AFTER

Upper West Side Brownstone

Kara's project was about correcting a 1970s renovation that left mismatched door heights, an overbuilt mantel and cramped kitchen. The height difference between the two doorways was corrected by simply adding a decorative transom to visually level them out. Replacing the old mantel, a smooth slate surround is a calm foil for the visually busy brick wall.

The kitchen had been relegated to a tiny, low ceilinged alcove. By moving the kitchen into the main space, it opened the opportunity for a laundry room, a luxury not previously imagined. Raising that ceiling to full height made space for added storage and an old-fashioned pulley clothes drying rack.

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