The Insider: Steel and glass doors brighten Cobble Hill House

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The new owners of this classic brick townhouse loved the original 19th century details, especially on the ground floor and above. They kept the arched opening, moldings and mantels exactly as they were. But the rooms on the top floor of the four-story house needed to be changed for the needs of their blended family, and the garden level where the kitchen was located was dark and uninviting. They also wanted a powder room on the living room floor and bathroom upgrades throughout.

So they called Manhattan-based Platt Dana Architects, with whom they had worked before. Much of Platt Dana’s work is what you don’t immediately see. Except for the living room floor, said architect Kate Platt, who partners with Hope Dana in the full-service architecture firm, “Every wall is new, mostly plaster, as well as ceilings, millwork, lighting, molding, doors, frames, hardware.”

The kitchen downstairs was a big order of business. “The original kitchen had very low ceilings,” said Kylie Kaiser, project architect. “The natural light struggled to get back into the informal dining area in the middle of the garden floor. We opened up the ceiling to reveal the original wooden beams, which added height and rustic charm to the space.”

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