Within the strategy of retrofitting an area 1899 townhouse to accommodate three residential models, Brooklyn-based Overlay Workplace found proof of previous renovations. Such tales are widespread within the borough’s South Slope neighborhood, the place century-old rowhouses typically include layered histories of inhabitation and alteration. However whereas developer-led efforts so as to add high-end models to a fast-changing market usually see present constructions demolished or full of a single repeating plan, Overlay Workplace opted for a extra idiosyncratic method.
Because the designer and developer of the so-called Offset Home, Abigail Coover’s younger agency elected to design every of the three rental residences with a definite plan. Within the first-floor unit, which additionally occupies the constructing’s completed basement, two bedrooms have been nestled in direction of the again of the constructing, the place a deck extends over the backyard.
The cellar accommodates extra storage, a powder room, and a big dwelling house with direct entry to the yard. The second-floor unit positions the bedrooms on the entrance of the rowhouse, pushing the widespread areas in direction of one other deck on the rear. The third ground presents a extra open model of the second unit, with one other again patio and a stair main as much as an accessible roof deck.