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Before + After – Brooklyn Townhouse

Last week we took a house tour of the Brooklyn Townhouse, designed by Lauren Rubin Architecture. Today I thought I’d be fun to take a look at what this now modern townhouse looked like before its remodel took place. Here’s a look at the before and after of the Brooklyn Townhouse: 

Before

Brooklyn Townhouse Living Room Before
Brooklyn Townhouse Living Room Before

Here’s a look at the before of the front living room. It’s so dark and cramped! And what is up with that weird alcove when the orange couch is set? I can see where Lauren got her inspiration for the color palette of orange and blue in the remodel. There’s so much furniture in here, everything feels cramped. Not to mention the clashing of colors and patterns.

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Contemporary Living Room by Lauren Rubin Architecture

How can this possibly be the same room? It’s so much more vibrant and full of light. I do love how the orange and blue color palette pay homage to what was oncer here.

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Contemporary Living Room by Lauren Rubin Architecture

No more over the wall bookcase! And the wall has been filled in where that awkward alcove once was, which certainly helps with the lighting. It’s hard to believe that this modern living room was once the dark and cramped one before.

Before

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Brooklyn Townhouse Kitchen Before

It looks like a standard kitchen in here, which isn’t saying much. There doesn’t seem to be much counter space at all. I can’t image making a meal for my family in here.

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Brooklyn Townhouse Kitchen Before

Not to mention that the lighting isn’t really great, and the layout of all the appliances doesn’t feel well thought out at all. It looks like there used to be another entrance into the kitchen there on the left.

After

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Contemporary Kitchen by Lauren Rubin Architecture

What a HUGE improvement! Everything flows so much nicer, and is full of bright light. The modern cabinetry is such an upgrade, and moving all of the appliances helps with the layout as well. I’m sure the family greatly appreciates the addition of the island!

Before

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Brooklyn Townhouse Dining Room Before

It’s crazy to see the furniture in the before photos. Everything is so traditional and heavy, which leaves the space feeling dark and overbearing.

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Brooklyn Townhouse Dining Room Before

Since this room is at the back of the house and cut off from the front, light only pours in at one time of the day, leaving it mostly in the dark. And the color on the walls doesn’t do this poor room any help either.

After

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Contemporary Dining Room by Lauren Rubin Architecture

How can this even be the same room? I am floored by how beautiful this modern remodel is. Bringing in natural light alone completely transforms a space. It’s light, airy, and fresh, not to mention full of beautiful modern furniture.

Want to see more after pictures from this remodel? Check out the house tour, just click here!

Kelly Tirman

Kelly Tirman

After spending 10+ years living in a modern San Francisco loft, Kelly moved her family to a bungalow in the burbs. She now enjoys dreaming up home renovation and design projects in order turn her family's post-war cottage into the modern home of their dreams.

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