Brownstoner Keeps It Hot

Brownstoner has selected one of our Brooklyn Heights row houses as having one of “15 Fireplaces So Amazing They Could Inspire a Move to Brooklyn.” We’re happy our design is included; check out the others here.

“The Insider” features our feng shui

CWB Interiors’ work, Joralemon Upgrade, was featured in Brownstoner’s recent issue of “The Insider.” The article focuses on CWB’s effective application of Feng Shui principles to a home for a family with two children. Erin Fearins and Catherine Brophy provided a centering and relaxed environment, that both allows for the kids to play freely and the parents to entertain easily. To find out how read the full column here.


Remodelista Winner

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We are excited to announce that our Brooklyn Heights Tailored Modern project won Remodelista’s Considered Design Award for Best Professionally Designed Living/Dining Space. CWB’s architects and interior designers teamed up to create this functional, tailored space for their clients to relax and entertain in. The main rooms of the house interact with the garden by way of a two-story bay window. Judge Estee Stanley describes the effect as “homey and warm,” “while also managing to be elegant and beautiful.” Check out the full article here.

Feature in NYC&G


A recently completed project, Carroll Gardens Whimsy, is featured in the April edition of New York Cottages & Gardens. This rowhouse was transformed from a multi-unit apartment building back to its origins as a single family house, getting an entirely new rear facade in the process. While the article focused on the interior furnishings of the home by Tamara Eaton Design, it highlights CWB as a “go-to firm for high-end townhouse renovations.” You can view the online article here.

The lovely garden was also recently featured in Elle Decor, designed and maintained by Foras Studio, a landscape design and horticulture firm with whom we frequently collaborate.


Feature in the Financial Times


This recently completed residential project in Williamsburg was featured in the Financial Times over the Valentine’s Weekend. Home to OKCupid co-founder and president, Christian Rudder and his family, we’d say its perfect timing!  You can view the article here if you have a subscription.


As the new row houses on Strong Place near the end of construction, CWB’s interiors department was brought on board to stage the corner unit, helping potential buyers get a feel for the space.



Scaffolding down at Strong Place row houses


If you are in the Cobble Hill neighborhood, take a stroll down Kane Street and note that the scaffolding is down at the row house project on the corner at Strong Place.  The exterior of row houses and the carriage house are almost complete and are already having a big impact on the street scape that was once an empty parking lot.

Kane and Strong circa 1990City Tax Photo: Kane and Strong circa 1990

New Brooklyn Townhouses article NYTimes



Recently featured in the real estate section of the NYTimes, CWB’s new townhouse project on Strong Place is an outstanding example of new next to old in the historic Cobble Hill neighborhood.  Check out the article here. Rendering by Abdou Ndoye, one of the design team members who is currently seeing this project through construction.

CWB-designed rental apartments

carroll-apartment A new apartment is available for rent in Carroll Gardens. Designed by CWB, this brownstone is set to finish this fall. The building needed a complete gut renovation from the cellar to the roof and now accommodates a lower duplex with three 2-bedroom, 2-bath units above. One of the owner’s main priorities for the renovation was to include a solar energy system. We hope that this will become a standard on more and more of our projects. Stay tuned for more images of the final product.

North Woods Residence

North Wood Residence

A new model is taking up space in our office! This design has been taking shape over the last few months for a new single-family weekend residence in a wooded area of East Hampton. A knuckle-like connection at the center of the design will unite the two sections of the home with a glass entry while a screened porch at the rear will bring the outside in for year-round enjoyment. Construction is projected for Fall 2014.

Catherine Brophy featured in Real Simple


Real Simple recently interviewed Catherine Brophy for an article on Feng Shui that took place at our Joralemon Upgrade project. This interiors project is a collaboration between Ward Welch, Erin Fearins, and Catherine. The collaborative nature of our Interiors Department gives each project a unique signature. Check out the article here, there are some amazing tips on how to execute a little Feng Shui in your space.


photography by William Abranowicz for Real Simple


BBP elects Brendan Coburn

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy elected Brendan Coburn to its board of directors on Tuesday, December 17th. As a native Brooklynite and DUMBO business owner, Brendan has seen the park evolve from its earliest stages and has a vested interest in its success. Congratulations, Brendan! You can read the announcement here.


Update: Connecticut Waterfront Reno


Construction has wrapped on CWB’s renovation to an existing Connecticut home. The new addition and garage relate seamlessly to the existing structure, framing new waterfront views. The new brick work and timber-framed porches enhance the materiality of the house while describing its volumetric relationships as they extend from the rear facade to the front entry.

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CWB: a Cat House

CWB recently received a unique client request: design a cat house for a feral cat colony by the Williamsburg waterfront.  The client was in the midst of renovating a house that they would soon be moving to.  The move would require leaving behind the cat colony they had been caring for and they wanted to ensure that the cats would still be able to receive food, clean water, and shelter in their absence.  CWB took on the challenge as a fun inner-office design competition.  Check out the entries below:

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The winning entry, by Jesse Fearins, was modified slightly and brought to life by Pilaster Inc.  The client’s residence, also constructed by Pilaster, will be ready for move in before Christmas this year.


New Demo to Decor Episode: Kitchen

The latest episode of Demo to Decor on streeteasy focuses on the design of the kitchen. The kitchen is a highlight of this particular project and Brendan and guest interior designer, Tamara Eaton, review the design strategy behind some of the elements and walk us through the space.

Breaking Ground: Strong Place Update


The site at Strong Place has been moving along quickly and has been a rare opportunity for CWBer’s to see how a Brooklyn row house grows from the ground-up.  A recent site visit explored the sheeting and shoring process and monitoring of neighboring buildings as well as the process of setting up a foundation.  The images show the extensive rebar and formwork for the 3 new buildings.



The group, listening as the project manager describes how far they’ve come and how far there is still to go.


New & Updated

Its getting to be a busy summer at CWB.  New projects seem to pop up daily as we branch out into some unique architectural situations. A new project shot by our own Rachael Stollar is up under Apartments & Lofts. Check it out here. This apartment may become part of an upcoming NYC homes tour so check back! Also some new photos shot by Francis Dzikowski have been added to the Atlantic Theater profile, showing the stage set up during the current show, 3 Kinds of Exile by John Guare.  Check them out here.

3 Kinds of Exile stage set at the Linda Gross theater on 20th street in Manhattan.

On Tour

One of our recent interiors projects, Joralemon Upgrade, will be open for viewing in conjunction with the Brooklyn Heights Association’s Landmark House & Garden tour. Click here to get your tickets!

“On a street that was once a crooked path which, in the first years of the 19th century, ran from the banks of the East River to the large Philip Livingston Estate, we’ll be visiting a house built in 1847. Inside, you’ll be treated to an interesting art collection and inventive interior design.”


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Stephen Sullivan, a project designer here at CWB, was highlighted in a recent edition of nytimes.com’s “The Hunt.” The interview track’s his hunt for a place to call home in Brooklyn. Congratulations, Stephen! Check out the article here. This is our second time being featured in this section. In 2008, Catherine Brophy, part of our interior design team, was featured when she also relocated from Manhattan’s West Village. Her article can be seen here.

Under Construction: Connecticut Waterfront

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PARTNER IN CHARGE   |   Ward Welch
DESIGN TEAM   |   Gaither Pratt, Jesse Fearins, Stephen Sullivan, Jean-Luc Torchon, Yuliya Ilizarov

CWB was asked to design a complete renovation and new addition to an existing Connecticut home overlooking the water.  The 3,500 sf addition is to include a kitchen, family room, master suite, family bedrooms, as well as various work, utility and outdoor spaces.  This addition replaces a smaller 1960’s addition, and the remaining 4,500 sf of the original house will be completely renovated.  Additionally, CWB designed a new 2,600 sf 2-story garage with work studio, gym and music room to replace the existing garage.  Landscaping and site work will unify the buildings and designate various outdoor living and play spaces.

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Breaking Ground


Initial ground breaking has begun at the site of the new townhouses on the corner of Kane St and Strong Pl.  Brownstoner has been following the progress of this project with the developer, Donald Brennan.  Check out the string of articles here and here. We will post photos of the work as it progresses so check back!

Update: Brennan Realty has begun a video series about this project that you can follow here: The Strong Place Project

Welcome to the Model Shop

As an integral part of the architectural practice, scale models can help not only convey a design but also the personality of the design firm.  Each model we create begins with a specific purpose that continues to expand over the lifespan of a project.

This large scale study model of a proposed stair was built to highlight the details and connections between the treads, risers, and railing which will be a combination of wood and steel.  It ultimately allowed the client to make a quick decision about the design.


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Trip to Bug Acres

Our in-house photographer, Rachael Stollar, recently took a trip to Woodstock, NY to photograph this recently completed project.  Captured just before the end of the fall season, these images give an indication of how the house is already starting to blend with its natural surrounds.  Check out the full set of project photos here: Bug Acres.

Newly constructed single family home in Woodstock, New York

Street Easy: The Brownstone Rundown

Looking to advance their “Own Your Home” blog, Street Easy asked Brendan Coburn to contribute a series of articles highlighting Brooklyn’s brownstone row houses. Brownstone renovations are an essential part of what we do here at CWB, each new project presenting its own unique blend of issues. Check out the first installment here!


Finishing Touches

Some finishing touches happening in Woodstock, NY.  This sculptural fixture is a Lindsay Adelman glass globe chandelier that will hang over a custom white oak dining table with a blackened steel base.

After the Storm

Restoring the facade of this Brooklyn Heights row house was not originally part of this renovation.  Nature, however, had other plans.  During Hurricane Irene in 2011, a large (and notably historic) American elm tree fell onto the facade, creating significant damage to the existing asbestos clapboard siding.  The Owner was forced to explore options for new siding and finally decided upon historically appropriate wood clapboard through the direction of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  The final result has given the house an enhanced presence on the street, re-establishing its historical origins.


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Out of the Darkness

The main challenge facing this brownstone stair hall was its lack of natural light and clumsy circulation. With a few key design moves, we were able to open up the space, and provide ample natural daylight to an otherwise somber area typical of century old row houses.

The existing stair hall suffered from a lack of natural light and tunnel-like layout.

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“Building” in Boerum Hill

The stairs at this 4-story row house in Boerum Hill had to be refurbished and the original railing had been replaced during a previous renovation. To replicate the original detailing with a winding wooden handrail would have forced the Owner to sacrifice in other areas. They needed an option that would showcase the stair while being relatively inexpensive. CWB came up with a sculptural steel and walnut railing extending from the top of the stairs to the entry hall at the parlor level. These snapshots show the early stages of installation.

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Under Construction

Here is a sneak peak at some projects currently under construction:

Atlantic Theater on 20th Street in Manhattan

Cumberland Packing Offices [makers of Sweet’N Low]

photographs by Rachael Stollar of CWB Architects

Welcoming a New Year!

Every year our holiday card generates a frenzy of brainstorming and allows us to design something that shares our fun side with our friends and family outside the office. This year’s card grew from a passing suggestion at the end of the work day: “What about a box of chocolates?” One of our fellow office occupants, artist/writer Rebecca Bazell, helped bring this idea to life and we were psyched with the results!

The “box” design was based on the classic Whitman’s Sampler chocolate box.

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