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Architects Cut Through Roof To Convert Carriage House Into Sunbathed Home

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Preserving the antique exterior of an historic building while carving out a contemporary living space is no easy task. Watch as architects Beth O’Neill and Chris McVoy of O’Neill McVoy Architects offer an intimate walkthrough of the methodology behind their transformative renovation of Clinton Hill Courtyard House. By overcoming a series of exacting design and construction challenges, the architects helped convert what was a run-down Brooklyn carriage house into light-filled, spacious home. Still haven’t subscribed to Architectural Digest on YouTube? ►► http://bit.ly/2zl7s34 ABOUT ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST The leading international design authority, Architectural Digest features articles and videos of the best in architecture, style, culture, travel, and shopping. Architects Cut Through Roof To Convert Carriage House Into Sunbathed Home
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Weihong Li (4 days ago)
Ladida386 (4 days ago)
How do you reach all 🕸🕸 🕸?
Ban Ana (8 days ago)
I've never heard holes said so many times to describe one thing 😂
andy pandy (15 days ago)
dream house frs 😢
TheRawBabe (20 days ago)
I really love it, the garden inside the building 😍
DangerDave (21 days ago)
My house
Frankie S (22 days ago)
Engineers: "Sky Lights" Architects: "Sky Volumes"
Ladida386 (4 days ago)
Me ☀ chimney 🤣
elias östby (15 days ago)
Truly amazing. I want a house like this that is small and cozy but has a large basement with light coming down from the main level and skylights. I want a large plot that could be adapted to bring natural light into the larger basement. Never heard of that way of warming a house up either. "Radiant heat". Works perfect with concrete too since (as you say) it's a thermal mass. I've seen ppl make large concrete pillars that release heat energy stored from the sun at night, but this is much more clever. Close of basement and only live in small upstairs with all necesities
HaCkEr RaM (1 month ago)
My home is the size of the garage which they coverted into garden. :P
Pedro Vieira da Silva (1 month ago)
Sorry for the dislike but I have some issues. I love what you did with the space adaptation itself, specially with the usage of light and vertical space, regardless... The upper light angles only work when light is at it's most (when it was filmed).  Creating different angles but using mirrored walls would be more challenging but would bring more light inside while creating a visual eye shattering effect. Using a oneway mirror on the stairs would also allow the person upstairs to see the room while reflecting more light.  Patterned or porous surfaces catch light or redirected it in a non controlled way. Sound insulation: Great! :: Visual Aspect: Not so much
suebabyblue168 (1 month ago)
The center garden is a very much Chinese design in many older homes
Derrick Anderson (1 month ago)
이준식 (1 month ago)
i kinda get minecraft ray tracing demo vibe from this video lol
MsFatpigs (1 month ago)
This is why I love architecture. Gorgeous.
Sarah Grace (1 month ago)
I live in GA- our AC bill in the summer is insane- wondering if u could also do radiant cooling?
Pig Black (1 month ago)
Sarah Grace I have seen it in China
Sarah Grace (1 month ago)
Really cool- thank you ❤️🌟
dasaini (1 month ago)
8:08 gold deadbolt and silver handle? All that attention to detail and that was overlooked?
KIX_LOVE (1 month ago)
This was incredible to watch. Seemed like a great space to begin the project with but I can only say this because the final outcome makes it look so brilliantly well done. Out of this world of a job and the architects look like masterminds in the industry. Thanks AD for always pumping out quality contents !!
Ekaterina EH (1 month ago)
I hope it will be enough light and sun for trees and plants to stay alive inside the house.
The Hammer And Tickle (1 month ago)
Rich people rarely have class/taste. smh
Ana Sandoval (1 month ago)
I'm glad they explained the idea and need behind the eye holes because if they hand't I would've just thought the design was ugly and unnecessary. If they ever do sell the house, best of luck to the new mom(s) and dad(s) who buy this property, hope you're the same height as original mom!
Francesca Pessarelli (1 month ago)
My dream home!!! <3 <3 <3
A (1 month ago)
It reminds of Weeds, when that nagging wife describes the garden as “this is the room where plants come to die”.
Russell (1 month ago)
I find it interesting that in their discussion of the indoor garden in this carriage house these architects made no mention of the original concept which they basically copied: Japanese courtyard gardens. In Japan, courtyard gardens within the walls of a residence or in a small, enclosed space beside them, are known as tsuboniwa (坪庭). This type of Japanese garden first appeared during the Heian era (794 – 1192). These small indoor gardens are often found in machiyas, traditional wooden townhouses still found throughout Japan and typified in the historical capital of Kyoto.
Pig Black (1 month ago)
Tsuboniwa is borrowed from Chinese Yuanyi style. No need to put a label on everything. And there are many other techniques and styles inspired by many other cultures and architects. These two designers put together designs with their twists to best fit the house and their clients.
tuber (1 month ago)
expensive house with only one small section of continuous counter space....hmmmm
Alicia Raetzell (1 month ago)
Very informative, please more of these videos
Augusto Kist (1 month ago)
Beautiful! The only thing I would change is the wall with the holes in the stair. I'd rather have an ''open'' staircase, without any walls whatsoever encapsulating it
Sherwin (1 month ago)
they might have closed it so the children dont fall off
Phenyo Melody Madiba (1 month ago)
Jesse Arias (1 month ago)
umama zakaria (1 month ago)
This house looks so much like the one from the movie When A Stranger Calls.
Yuzan (1 month ago)
I wish videos had an option to stop the background music. It's awful.
Jules Maneki Neko (1 month ago)
It seems a bit whimsical and cute actually. Someone who is looking to design a home like this enjoys the use of natural light (from a prominent source) and abstract concepts of design to incorporate it into all areas of the house.
Bob Boob (1 month ago)
This vid was confusing and annoying.
Shamsa (2 months ago)
Beautiful. Please make more of these
Puneet Singh (2 months ago)
These lovely home are created by only those people who really love there work
Puneet Singh (2 months ago)
The home have ideas which I dreamt as a child to incorporate in my house, like section where nature and light is put in centre of the whole house
Jan (2 months ago)
As an interior architect, this is so thought out. The skylight is complex and they went through the hassle of making custom perforated holes for that staircase. I mean. They couldve just installed railings so the owners could see whats below. But the kitchen is a mess :(
tuber (1 month ago)
they spent all the money on the courtyard and skybox
Little Boots (2 months ago)
if beautiful but what young families can afford this? Wall Street Banksters, BigPharma, *Real estate landlords?* https://www.thenation.com/article/how-to-dump-tenants-and-make-a-fortune-2/
Alookks (2 months ago)
laughing at all the zoom ins of dyson products
Alex Ashimine (2 months ago)
Absolutely love this house
Greg Calleja (2 months ago)
What's the income for that "young" family?🤔
COLBY A. GRAVES (2 months ago)
I think I’m gonna go buy a Dyson now!
Theone ! (2 months ago)
Kekkeyu (2 months ago)
0:51 If money and time isn't on your list of challenges, it isn't a challenge. Maybe next time challenge yourself to make affordable housing on a tight budget in a city that desperately needs it.
Aoudhubillahi (1 month ago)
They're an outstanding team. Their considerations were impressive.
John (2 months ago)
these are some of the most "new york" looking people ever...
Andrew J A Lee (2 months ago)
I love grease on my whine glasses, what an ingenious idea to put open shelves above the range. The shelving and "sky volume" door is at perfect hight as I'm 9 feet tall. Sadly tho the custom (really expensive) eye holes don't line up properly with my eye sight.
Andrew J A Lee (2 months ago)
get up on outta here with my eyeholes
AMK Aktiv (2 months ago)
We designt radiate heate... What a New idea
ARLENE HUTCHINSON (2 months ago)
Beautiful introduction of light, but the space in my opinion, cries out for some biophilic design. That courtyard garden could be a miracle of plant design.
Keffex (2 months ago)
The owners definitely don't have trypophobia.
PG 1҉8 (2 months ago)
Renee Janssen (2 months ago)
So the client needed a holed wall to be able to see her children not just when upstairs or after descending the stairs, but also whilst on the stairs... helicopter parent much?
Wonderment (1 month ago)
Austin Gamboa (1 month ago)
I absolutely see nothing wrong with having such a wall What is wrong with you.
Jules Maneki Neko (1 month ago)
No need to be so judgemental with so little knowledge of the homeowners.
Yakutty’s Channel (2 months ago)
Ooh beautiful
lichi1244eva (2 months ago)
Cute, in my neighborhood
Moorish Brooklyn (2 months ago)
This may not be everyone's dream home but it's this family's dream home and it all came together as perfectly as they could get it to work. With that said, this is actually a very good concept and well designed home.
Velicia Williams (2 months ago)
Gorgeous home. The outdoor space is 👌🏼👌🏼. The radiant heated floor such a plus. Having a home with light flooding in is so beautiful.
David Oaxaca (2 months ago)
Sexy thang 🥰
tejida815 (2 months ago)
I love this house. You had me at courtyard.
Joe Bradley (2 months ago)
What's the one thing that's worse than excessive, in your face advertising? Sneaky advertising...
ean dean (2 months ago)
The wall porferated at eye level is so extra
Tatdarat B (2 months ago)
Those holes in the walls aren't good for people with Trypophobia!
Endika Porter (2 months ago)
I love these incredible unique homes
avicohen2k (2 months ago)
Wow, a serious design video, with designers instead of celebraties and actual design drawings. Unbelievable!
miss i keeps it real (24 days ago)
True. AD has become mTV Cribs for celebs to showboat. Disgusting.
TheOnlyLand (2 months ago)
That perforated wall that angled at eye height for view and light might be the one if the smartest things I’ve EVER seen.
mistaT (1 month ago)
...ever seen, just like those through the wall from her point of view but fr, one of the most ingenious and yet simple solutions I've seen, just li-...
sparkrich (2 months ago)
When I looked at the pic I thought it was the house unsp gaming
MONIA SAMARA (2 months ago)
EMILIE GUILLON - Equitation (2 months ago)
Beautifull design very well thought out. You obviously thought of it as a work of art 😄
†Κδkiiyζ† (2 months ago)
Печка Газовая Это Ацтой..)
緑山太陽 (2 months ago)
The way the light enters is wonderful. divine.
Guy (2 months ago)
Biggest takeaway for me: Uh, TWO writers live here/have enough money to buy this place? They must be famous.
TED CARL (2 months ago)
Probably received a death benefit or trust fund. Lots of boomers burning through their parents and grandparents savings right now.
Solaris#666 (2 months ago)
New York garden....
Winged Things (2 months ago)
The inside of that house looks like the inside of my garage covered in pegboard. Open my garage door and I get just as much light too.
sammy (2 months ago)
one of the nicest smaller homes ive seen
nicole (2 months ago)
wow this is what I’ve always looked for in architectural goals
Jen Honey (2 months ago)
Kent Zoo (2 months ago)
Where is the Carriage house?
Aleks (2 months ago)
Nice work!
LaV C (2 months ago)
Great kitchen and then that’s it. Why are the rich spending money on clinical boring homes?
Ash (2 months ago)
beautiful home, looks million times better. Who can afford it though lol
GT Bracken (2 months ago)
This looks like the house from ex machina
Jdog1681 (2 months ago)
This Dyson marketing campaign is genius. Pat on the back to whoever put it together.
polo 92 (2 months ago)
What a great design ! Simple and detailed , natural light, good proportions and a nice palette of materials 👌
seasong (2 months ago)
Your house is so clean I thought it was rendered at first
JGElías (2 months ago)
This is how many times they said *_volume(s)_* 👇🏾
Amrit Pal Gill (2 months ago)
Not as brilliant as potential
hugglescake (2 months ago)
Reiterate: Why are people so afraid of color?
kristin (1 month ago)
I find modern homes in Europe much more imaginative and colorful. Drain in America is very bland colors.
Aleks (2 months ago)
hugglescake so you didnt understand what i was trying to say...i already said that trends are only the secondary issue to this. It is about the fact that you want to keep the palette clean because you dont want to enforce any emotions or „aura“ to the space such as this one. Please check out new architectural projects comparing their use in context with their colours. I can guarantee you that most recent buldings, mostly public, will want to use colours because you can create an atmosphere with that. Now again also the fact that there is a chance of you wanting to change colours in the future is already something you want to avoid as an architect. Apart from the costs there is also the issue of labour that you have to put into the process of mixing up the palette. You dont want your living space to be a construction site every 6 years or so.
CcchrissS (2 months ago)
​@hugglescake I think the architects/owners of this house achieved plenty depth... with the play of natural light on the walls, materiality, ie. the textural changes of the natural brick vs the lime washed brick, the use of natural woods (oak) for their cabinetry, oversized vistas to the outside, their collection of art on the walls, antique rugs on the floor, etc, etc. I would say it's just a more sophisticated kind of depth ; think more of an Audrey Hepburn kind of palette and less Circus Clown face-makeup kind of palette.
hugglescake (2 months ago)
@Aleks If it's your mantra to be trendy, so be it but I'm not talking of trends. There is no depth to what's going on in the house. People are afraid of taking chances and, basically, standing out. Considering the cost of the house, painting the walls is an insignificant endeavor and furniture wears out.
Tom Pasquali (2 months ago)
@Aleks thats the thing its a lot harder and more expensive to change the colour of a bunch of walls and furniture than it is to replace art and maybe some complementary cushions or something to match
Shankar Keshav (2 months ago)
This is it. This is what I want my home to be
paul sehstedt (2 months ago)
Lots of good solutions. Well done!
Sona Swamy (2 months ago)
Please do a video of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's new house, they just bought in echino. I saw some pictures and it's amazing.
Mariza Vögtli (2 months ago)
Jami Penttila (2 months ago)
Imagine having custom holes 🤔
hades (2 months ago)
Etienne Fritsch (2 months ago)
Making some actual real architecture content lately, great!
mrpmj00 (2 months ago)
I like the skylights. I love the garden BUT you just took away valuable square footage and I think it's worth it. The only thing I don't like is the stair openings between the steps, in which a very young child could fall through (which is also a big NO SALE for me if I had very young children). I like the openings but maybe close it off a little so that a young child cannot fit through, or insert clear acrylic sheets in the openings. I totally disagree with wood above the stove which could catch fire or be charred.
Steven Hill (2 months ago)
This was rather calming to watch.
Brandon Burrell (2 months ago)
puertousbmonkey (2 months ago)
SIXC (2 months ago)
Love the work on light volumes.
Kale Brecht (2 months ago)
Beth and Chris reminded me of a younger version of American Gothic.
Bruce Tran (2 months ago)
those white plywood walls looks so cheap up close
Stephen Judd (2 months ago)
Beautiful. The light and courtyard are wonderful.