Before & After: Bergen Street

With no shortage of hard work and imagination, Dixon Projects transformed a woefully neglected Italianate brownstone into a strikingly modern home with bright, expanded interiors and relaxing outdoor spaces.

Boerum Hill Townhouse Renovation Facade Before

Acquired as a two-family building, Bergen Street's former interiors featured uninspired updates alongside a few unkempt architectural details. The original staircase was worn, poorly added ductwork was exposed, and ceilings were cracked or carelessly patched throughout. Noting its exceptional position within the newly created Boerum Hill Historic District Extension, the Dixon Projects team planned an expanded and reimagined five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom showplace encompassing effortless indoor-outdoor living and a contemporary industrial design scheme.

Boerum Hill Townhouse Renovation Entryway BeforeBoerum Hill Townhouse Renovation Living Room BeforeBoerum Hill Townhouse Renovation Backyard During Construction Boerum Hill Townhouse Renovation TerracesBoerum Hill Townhouse Renovation Backyard After

Built in 1856 among a relatively modest row of Italianate three-story homes, since its earliest days the Bergen Street property likely housed families on the upper floors with lodgers or servants in the English basement below. At the turn of the 19th century, the home was occupied by the Lamb family who threw a notable birthday party described in detail in the newspapers of the day. Today, the home invites equal revelry with several floors of entertaining spaces indoors and out.