Old Clothing Factory Transformed Into Stylish Brooklyn Home

Old Clothing Factory Transformed Into Stylish Brooklyn Home

The owners of this three-bedroom townhouse in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn transformed the property into a light-filled oasis, complete with a roof deck and vast studio space.

After looking at decommissioned fire stations and school buildings, they purchased a former clothing factory in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn for around $845,000 in 2009. ’We were looking for something convertible like a garage, anything that had a lot of space, says Ms. Homstvedt.

Over several years, they transformed the upstairs office level into a three-bedroom apartment with a vast living area. Ms. Homstvedt, an interior architect, designed every aspect of the home’s transformation.

The couple extended the second level of the property, which sits on a 4,000-square-foot lot, to create space for an open common area that has 14-foot ceilings and includes the kitchen, living room and dining room.

The townhouse features accents that honor the building’s past, such as exposed brick from the original building’s exterior and reclaimed factory oak flooring. ‘There’s a lot of industrial takes on the design,’ says Ms. Homstvedt.

The 6,000-square-foot home has three bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms.

The couple reinforced the roof to create a 2,000-square-foot roof deck. ‘There’s really getting away from the city when you walk into the house,’ Ms. Homstvedt says. <strong>Corrections &amp; Amplifications:</strong> An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the roof deck was 3,000-square-feet.

The vegetable garden, trees, bushes and other plants on the roof deck give it the feel of a ‘lush garden,’ Ms. Homstvedt says.

Skylights let natural light into the 2,000-square-foot painting studio on the first floor, which had been the factory level. Some of the couple’s neighbors worked at the factory, Ms. Homstvedt, 39, says.

The couple are selling because they plan to return to their native Norway with their two children.

The townhouse is listed for $3.5 million with Kyle Sennish, Paul Rosen and Eve Levine of The Corcoran Group.
via Wall Street Journal

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