Scarano Architect PLLC. MEMBER AIA

Scarano Architect

East 10th Street

East 10th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: December 2008

Location: Lower East Side

Constructing a new four story addition to top an existing two story non-conforming structure is no small task with many complicated parts. This type of alteration requires the ability to weave old into new and create a final product that speaks to the neighborhoods vocabulary. Reducing the footprint of the addition to maintain the required rear yard and provide light and air for the units allowed for only two units per floor. Both front and back units are provided with exterior balconies, open kitchens and marble baths. Simple, open floor plans allow for the units to be divided by creating a partition in the living room that closes off the dining area.

Hardwood floors throughout with large windows and high ceiling created the luminous and spacious feeling within the spaces.

The existing first and second floors were preserved and the first floor was opened up to create one large space while the second floor was divided into three small units. A stair from the public sidewalk was constructed to the cellar floor to make this level more marketable to a commercial tenant.

This project further enhances the development of Manhattan's Lower East Side and creates a higher return for the building owner.