"Greenstone" arises from old garage

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 09:29

Space is a premium in New York City, which is why it isn't uncommon to hear stories of miniscule apartments with less square footage than the average Texan foyer or about homes being developed out of unusual spaces. Curbed New York reported that the development firm Brooklyn Greenstone is in the middle of turning a 100-year-old garage into a five-story, two-family "greenstone" home. 
The name for the structures come from the facade's appearance, which resembles a modern brownstone. According to the news source, the development company specializes in building and designing modern, eco-conscious homes. So far, the project is only in the planning stages with drawings and renderings completed. The garage, which is located at 709 Sackett Street, will be transformed into a 3,200-square-foot four-bedroom triplex with a 1,700-square-foot four bedroom duplex on top. Both homes will shared an inner courtyard and the ground level will have a parking space. 
The property is expected to be outfitted with a number of high-quality, sustainable technologies. A radiant floor heating system will be used on every level of the home because it promotes a reduction in energy use. The piping system reduces the chance of heat loss because warmth is directly applied to a living space, instead of being allowed to flow outside the structure through the walls, ceilings or windows. 
In addition, the building will have a zoned Energy Star HVAC system, low-emissions tankless water heater, Energy Star-rated windows and local materials will be used. The combination of these technologies and materials in the construction of the home, and the radiant floor heating system, will promote greater operational efficiency in the property.