L O C A L brooklyn Meret Lenzlinger Architect
Is this a trend in Park Slope South? I have noticed that in recent years quite a few two-family residential buildings in my neighborhood are being turned over by old timers and then converted into single families by their new owners. There are four houses on my block alone that have made the transformation. Back in the day, when the neighborhood was not so nice as they say, two family homes not occupied by their owners were often illegally sliced up into three units or more.
Is this just part of the gentrification process? Do new homeowners no longer need the additional income from a rental apartment to help pay their mortgage? Maybe they don't want the headache of being a landlord.
Or, maybe it's because a growing family needs the entire 2,300 (plus or minus) square feet these two story, basement, and cellar row houses can provide. The South Slope did vote to limit it's building boom recently by down zoning from R6 to R6B. The Floor Area Ratio (FAR) dropped from 2.43 to 2.00 with height and setback restrictions reducing the allowed buildable floor space and making it harder to add on stories to an existing home. With all the new multifamily residential development built in Brooklyn in the last decade, I wonder how many housing units have been lost to three and two-family down sizing?
Reducing Family Units to Increase Family Space
This house on 14th Street purchased back in November 2012 for $1,050,00 is doing just that. Architect Meret Lenzlinger of the firm LOCALbrooklyn has filed plans to change the certificate of occupancy from a two family to a one family. Plans also call for a small single story addition off the rear of the building. I think it is common for new home owners to move the kitchen to the basement garden level and then opening up the rear facade with glass to allow more light into what is usually a dark floor. There are a good number of residential renovations that can be seen on LOCALbrooklyn's website. Their portfolio shows many such kitchen spaces.
Looking forward to the restoration of the wood frame house. No doubt it will be a great addition to the street scape.