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Crumbling Gowanus House Gets a Much Needed Makeover

A few years ago, the townhouse at 463 Carroll Street was a decrepit, termite-ridden mess. But previous owner Michel Cohen brought in architects from OPerA Studio to completely gut and renovate the place, and boy, does it look a lot better. Brownstoner shared the first photos of the final product, which looks a lot like the renderings that were shared when Cohen put the house on the market during construction. Thomas Barry, of OPerA, told Brownstoner that the house was in such bad shape that the "brick facades were literally hanging on nothing." With the makeover, their aim was to "create a modern dwelling that retained the warmth and texture of a traditional townhouse."

The now 2,400-square-foot home has a more open floorplan with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a finished basement, and gas fireplaces. The new facade is dominated by large windows that are lined with wood to, as Barry says, create "a play of shadows on the facades while providing a natural materiality."

The house sold for its asking price, $2.649 million, in December. Click through to Brownstoner for more photos.
· Look Inside a Gowanus Townhouse Renovation [Brownstoner]
· Gowanus Termite Townhouse Gets A Modern Redo, Asks $2.6M [Curbed]
· Extreme Makeovers archives [Curbed]