Behind the classic facade of an early 20th century townhouse, this two-family Cypress Hills home has a touch of contemporary design courtesy of the owner. The DIY transformation of the lower duplex at 18 Kiely Place was documented by owner and interior designer Megan Pflug on it website and Instagram after buying the house in 2013.
Pflug, whose design for a loft in Williamsburg was featured in Brownstoner’s The Insider, and her husband moved from Brooklyn to Greene County after purchasing a 1960s lodge. need renovation.
The Brooklyn home is now on the market and is on the Kiely Place block, which was originally known as Crescent Place when it was cut in 1909. The Kerr & Cook Construction Company filled the street and surrounding blocks with rows of two-family homes. The two-story and front brick houses were in a “modern style” and in 1910 the company advertised them as available at $ 5,700 with steam heating and hardwood trim added to attractions. In 1937, in an effort to eliminate duplicate street names, Crescent Place has been changed to Kiely Place.
Pflug’s research at the Ministry of Buildings actually came to light Kerr & Cook’s plans for a representative house in development, albeit showing a bit more exuberance in detail than what was ultimately used. At the time of purchase, the upper three bedroom unit was already renovated, but the lower unit was in rough shape, with layers of linoleum covering the floor. A few original details, including the vestibule tiles, a stained glass window and the staircase with post (now painted black), have survived.
The rejuvenated lower ground floor unit features a bedroom with an adjoining office to the front, a dining room and kitchen to the rear, and a full bathroom. Floors has been painted white, with a checkerboard pattern in the dining area, hand-dyed fabric has been inserted into the bedroom wall moldings, and the narrow, windowless living room has a bold wallpaper wall. Other than a few touches of wallpaper, the finishes are largely white.
The photos in the listing show the windowless office as well configured as a second bedroom, but using it as a home office or office could expand the living space. The bedroom has two wardrobes while there are none in the large bedroom.
In the glazed kitchen, a tin ceiling was discovered under a false ceiling but the rest of the space has been redesigned with the addition of antique cabinets along one wall and on the other a terracotta sink, open shelves and gray cabinets.
The basement has been renovated as part of a One Piece Challenge and transformed into a guest suite. Wooden beams were exposed, a faux fireplace was built, and a full bathroom was added with subway tiles on the walls and a period sink. The space has its own main entrance under the porch.
At the rear, a horizontal fence encloses the renovated backyard with a gravel patio and flower beds.
The home sold for $ 495,000 in 2013. The now remodeled property is listed at $ 899,000 with Carson Alexander of Triplemint. Do you think it will go quickly?