Construction Update, Bed-Stuy

Bed-Stuy Update
We stopped by our construction site in Bed-Stuy to check in on the gut renovation of a Brooklyn Townhouse, and observed the fruits of several months of accelerated work on site. The work on this turn-of-the-century home has set out to restore it to its glory days, while creating a contemporary residence for a young family, with all the modern-day comforts.

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A significant amount of the original woodwork has survived the many iterations of this Bedford-Stuyvesant home, while new herringbone oak flooring was introduced in the parlour floor to replace the a worn-out predecessor and create a unique feel for the new residents.

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The existing trims and casings were then stripped of several layers of paint, and a new clean coat was added to accentuate the delicate detailing created by the original crafts person, and that is quintessential to Bed-Stuy town homes of that era.

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The bathrooms were all upgraded to meet modern day standards and aesthetics, with special care taken to add unique and durable layer to assure another generation of use in the house. Above, handcrafted cement tiles are ebing sealed in advance of installation…

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…then installed in the children’s bathroom, serving as the monochrome base for the colorful subway tiles that surround the bathtub.

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Existing floors were preserved and refinished in all the bedrooms, window trims refurbished and refinished, while base trims were replaced with trims custom made for this renovation.

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Last, a steel stair was added to connect the parlour level and the private garden, with a platform atop to create an exterior extension to the new kitchen that will serve as a serving station during fair-weather outings.

Pliskin Architecture Team: James Quick, Amy Shell, Thomas Heltzel, Barak Pliskin

General Contractor: Amr Sinada / HiTech Construction & Aluminum Systems Inc

Finishing Touches in Midtown


Work on the Pliskin Architecture designed apartment combination in Midtown, Manhattan has completed, with finishing touches going in during the last few weeks of 2016. Above is time lapse footage of the last 3 weeks of the year and of the apartment renovation, with lighting, millwork, audio/video equipment, and furniture coming together in the living room to complete the work.

Construction, Accelerated


We’ve been closely chronicling the progress for the midtown apartment construction, and observing the faithful crew of TR Fox Contracting as they navigate the sequencing and construction of a gut-renovation and combination of two apartments. We have left a tiny GoPro behind and here are a few scenes from 6 months of construction, accelerated a bit to meet current day attention spans and degrees of impatience.

PROJECT CREDITS

Design – Pliskin Architecture / Lead Designer: James Quick
HVAC – E4P Consulting Engineering
General Contractor – TR Fox Contracting

Bed-Stuy Gut Renovation

gut renovation
Construction has started on a gut renovation of a Brooklyn Townhouse in Bedford-Stuyvesant. We’re restoring this turn-of-the-century classic to its glory days, or at least that’s the goal. A lot of the original woodwork has remained in tact, which allows us to create a parlour floor that is true in form to its roots, while still accommodating a state-of-the-art kitchen, new fixtures, and energy-conscious lighting and ventilation.

ladder wall
First comes the uncovering – layers of history immortalized in wall-coverings, paint, and relocated partitions, revealing rich, diverse narratives that occured within the same walls over the course of a century.

plaster on lath
Different construction techniques are visible sides by side, with older plaster work on wood slats accompanying light gauge framing, wood framing next to side wall, exposing years of additions and subtractions within the spaces.

light ladder
Old retaining walls are still visible in certain locations – adding texture, grit, and contrast to the manicured spaces above.

broken screen
And, of course, a site visit is not complete with out viewing through the cracked screen of James‘ phone.