A generic Brooklyn brownstone is transformed into a bright and spacious home—idyllic for entertaining kids and adults alike.

When Mike and Laura Farah found out they were expecting their second child, they knew it was time to purchase a larger home. Having lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens for about a decade, they weren’t ready to say goodbye to the familiar, so after viewing multiple properties, they ended up buying a 4,167-square-foot brownstone right across the road from their old home.

The couple liked the condition of the relatively new property, which was built in 2010, but felt it lacked the soulfulness of the other homes they had previously lived in. There were also certain aspects of the house that did not suit their current lifestyle, so they contacted Brooklyn architect Frederick Tang to help them alter their new space to better fit their needs and tastes. Scroll ahead to see the stunning transformation. 

Before:

Before: the entry foyer.

Before: the entry foyer.

Courtesy of Frederick Tang Architecture

In 2016, Tang and his team began work on the townhouse, which he refers to as “a developer special,” due to its generic finishes. Here, he saw the house as an opportunity to create something special from a blank slate, so he reorganized the floor plan to better suit the needs of the couple and their two sons, and added character to the property’s basic shell. 

Before: the living room and front door.

Before: the living room and front door.

Courtesy of Frederick Tang Architecture

Before: the original kitchen.

See the full story on Dwell.com: Before & After: A Humdrum Home in Brooklyn Receives a Stylish Revamp

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