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This Brooklyn Couple Frankensteined Their Brownstone—And Left the Seams Visible

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Courtesy of Tortuga Living Most people look to increase their home’s square footage by any means possible in a renovation; Andrea Hill did the opposite. In 2017 the founder of Tortuga Living and her husband, artist Carlos Irijalba, bought a four-story 1890s brownstone in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood with a rental garden unit. “We knew from living in a four-floor walk-up that stairs are not our friend, so we reconfigured the home as two duplexes,” she says.  This meant losing the top two floors to renters and reconfiguring the basement rental to make space for three bedrooms, two full bathrooms,...

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Why I Paid $2K to Rip Out All of My Kitchen Cabinet

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s In Renovator’s Notebook, homeowners open up about the nitty-gritty of their remodels: How long it really took; how much it actually cost; what went horribly wrong; and what went wonderfully, serendipitously, it’s-all-worth-it-in-the-end right. For more tips to nail your next project, follow @reno_notebook. Size: 600 square feet Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn Year built: 2007 Top priority: An apartment with lots of light—and outdoor space. New York City native Tara Gonzalez first fell in love with Greenpoint when she was working in the art department of a film production company just after college—the area is not only home to many studios,...

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A Key Storage Tweak for Under $300 Took This Rental Bathroom From ’90s to New

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Photography by Mallory Fletchall of Reserve Home Reserve Home founder Mallory Fletchall’s Brooklyn apartment is the epitome of modern. Her once laminate-clad kitchen boasts breezy blue-green cabinetry and hand-painted floor tiles, while in the living room plush velvet furniture and a chandelier with smart bulbs fill every corner with color. But for the longest time, the bathroom was from a much different era. “It was very ’90s,” recalls Fletchall. The sliding-glass shower door had floral etchings, and the bulky medicine cabinet and vanity light made the small room feel claustrophobic. “It was far from the sanctuary where I could enjoy...

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8 Freestanding Cabinets for When You Need Instant Kitchen Storage

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Courtesy of Chris Loves Julia Brand-new kitchen cabinets will take up a good chunk of your renovation budget (replacing old ones costs an average of $5,000, and that’s if you’re sticking with a basic wood veneer or laminate). But unlike other updates that are unavoidable, like fixing faulty plumbing, there’s plenty of wiggle room when it comes to purchasing new cupboards. The secret to saving is buying ones that are freestanding. While they may not take advantage of every last square inch of your space, stand-alone cabinets offer flexibility. You can mix one or two in alongside built-ins, take them with...

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Hay’s Best-Selling Storage Unit Is Now Available in the U.S.

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Between Flintstone-esque nooks and neon-colored floating ledges, we know by now that storage doesn’t have to be boring. Sometimes it can even be a focal point. Case in point: Hay’s powder-coated steel shelving unit, which comes in dusty blue and forest green and is now officially available to buy in the U.S.  Due to popular demand (eagle-eyed fans of the Danish brand might remember when it was temporarily sold at the MoMA Design Store a couple years ago), the retailer is rolling out the best-seller Stateside. The frame is simple enough, with an industrial-inspired aesthetic that makes it perfect for...

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