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Meticulously Designing a New Kitchen for an Old Brownstone

After a decade working for New York City firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Brent Allen Buck was ready for a change of pace. In 2015, Buck struck out on his own to launch Buck Projects, headquartered in the Brooklyn brownstone he renovated on nights and weekends over the course of two years. That home, whose renovation process Buck will outline in the first ever Renovation Diary series for Curbed, serves as his home base and design laboratory, as well as a backdrop to a complete set of teak pepper mills by Danish modernist Jens Quistgaard. Follow along this summer as Buck details the highs, lows, joys, and travails of home renovation.

I knew my wife and I were on the same page when a smile slowly spread across her face as we entered the rear parlor the first time we toured the house. With southern light streaming through the windows, we imagined that back room as the renovated kitchen and dining space. We had always wanted a large dining table to spend time with friends and family over meals and board games. Envisioning this room's potential was one of the main things that convinced us to embark on this renovation project. The goal was to create a simple kitchen, both warm and functional, that retains its traditional Italianate detailing and connects to the garden. For us, the kitchen itself had to feel modern.

The careful, detailed installation process >>