May 25, 2022

The Insider: Stair-Centric Renovation Takes Prospect Heights Duplex From Dreary to Dramatic

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“Uninspired” was one of the kinder things that could be said of this 1,250-square-foot duplex when Gowanus-based architect Lynn Gaffney and her clients first laid eyes on it (for proof, see the “before” photos at the bottom of this post).

The duplex, in a vintage multi-unit walkup building, had been created in the 1980s by combining a 550-square-foot ground-floor apartment with a 700-square-foot unit above. “It was very dark and didn’t take advantage of the sectional quality — the movement up and down and the spaces on either side of the staircase,” said Gaffney, whose 25-year-old firm has a broad portfolio of residential, hospitality and institutional projects in the tristate area. “But all of us could see the value in the size of it and the location right off the park.”

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