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    The kitchen opens onto a deck that was prepared with VOC-free concrete and light colored stain.

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    The master bath combines bright white subway tile with a blue penny-tile border. The water-saving faucets, shower hardware and toilets are EPA WaterSense certified.

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    The master bedroom is like a treehouse, perched over the backyard tree canopy. Neighbors inlude birds, butterflies and squirrels.

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    The vestibule and stairs leading to the upper duplex were restored to the original. Local vendors and craftspeople supplied the newel post, treads, spindles, ballisters, and moldings.

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    The Parlor floor entrance was moved to its original position and fitted with a refurbished salvage door. The original wide plnk floor and a new hanging lamp complete the new old picture.

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    Inside the lower duplex, the new door has reclaimed space for a living room.

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The upper duplex apartment of this four story brownstone was renovated to create an open plan three bedroom apartment with plenty of light, energy-saving fixtures, a home office, dining area and kitchen.

While we were at it, we rebuilt the vestibule and main staircase, adding an under-stairs storage closet and salvaged entrance door.