This Townhouse Is Filled With Brilliant and Inexpensive Design Hacks
The budget was a major consideration for the project, so the architects found clever ways to use inexpensive materials.
By Elizabeth Stamp
Many clients are wary of taking too many design risks. But a young Brooklyn couple with a baby on the way knew that they wanted to take chances with the design of their Fort Greene townhouse. The narrow home, which is less than 12 feet wide, had been previously renovated, but lacked personality. With the help of Rustam-Marc Mehta and Tal Schori of GRT Architects, they set out to make a space that was original, colorful, and felt like home. “We all were eager not to design by picking ideas from Pinterest,” says Mehta, “so we let the process run its course and ended up with some unique moments.”
The budget was a major consideration for the project, so the architects found clever ways to use inexpensive materials. Penny tile creates a fun effect on the walls of the master and kid’s bathrooms, while simply painted wainscoting makes a big impact on the master bedroom. No space was left bland, from the ombre foyer to the inventive stairwell, which uses several types of textured prismatic glass. The end result is totally unique and unlike anything you’d find on Pinterest — well, until now, that is, because we are totally pinning every single idea here.
All Photos by Nicole Franzen
Mehta and Schori kept the living room bright, so the narrow space wouldn’t feel like a hallway. They installed a seating nook to hide the radiator and chose a sculptural ceiling light by Areti to illuminate the BDDW sofa, Hans Wegnerlounge chairs, and Hagit Pincovici table.
A coat of white paint keeps the dining room, which doesn’t receive direct light, from feeling cave-like. A Paper Mills botanical-print wallpaper covers one of the walls and the pendant lights are by Roll & Hill.
The staircase is located in the center of the house and is visible from almost every room. The architects completely redesigned it using different densities of fluted glass to let light pass through and provide privacy.