Additions & Alterations

Smith Gray Building

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: April 2004

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Our design approach was focused in several areas, including a long process of selecting the most appropriate color for the restored facades, which has made the building extremely pleasing to the public.The apartment layouts take full advantage of light and air, and all mechanical and plumbing shafts were consolidated to create an environmentally conscious design.The addition of the penthouse floor brings this building to a total area of 60,000 square feet, with a construction budget was $4.5 million, at approximately $75/sf.The renovation of this distinctive building constituted the preservation of a Brooklyn landmark, and spurred the conversion and development of over 15 projects within a one block range. It has, in addition, managed to attract many young professional buyers to this rapidly gentrifying community by providing a luxurious lifestyle with state of the art interiors in a classical setting.

Henry Street

Project Manager/Designer: Mary Butterworth, LEED AP

Completion Date: March 2004

Location: Cobble Hill

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The Reconstruction of this Italianate Row House dating back to 1852 presented an exercise in rehabilitation which had to satisfy the demands of the owner, the department of buildings and the landmarks preservation commission.Located in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn (one of the highest hills on Long Island) this multi-family building was in desperate need of a renovation. Most of the useful life of the major components had expired and in fact, the building was being warehoused for a future hospital site expansion.The owner, a prominent businessman and lover of antiquities helped spear head the creation of not only his families' duplex but six other rental apartments within the structure. Restoring its original appearance, maintaing many of the historic details and modernizing the building systems proved to be a successful combination that can be a model for renovation of similar sites.

East 51st Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: April 2004

Location: Upper East Side - Manhattan

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This project is a gut renovation and 1-1/2 story addition to an existing 4-story brownstone on Upper East Side NY.Our goal was to achieve the maximum amount of apartments without compromising about the space quality of the existing envelope. In order to take advantage of limited fenestration in the front and rear, the apartments are designed to have narrow entrance ways with a tight core of kitchens and bathrooms, which gradually opens up to capture as much light and air as possible.The double height ceiling in the third and fourth floors is made to create flexible loft spaces. The large mezzanines in these apartments can be used as bedrooms, which have their own private bathroom.Brick exposed walls and a special attention to interior details give the finishing touch to these unique Upper East Side living experiences.