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Show Time: The Completed Natural Home Show House

Once a neighborhood blight, this healthy, solar-powered duplex in Boreum Hill, Brooklyn, is now an inspiration.

The airy mezzanine level includes Room and Board's Noguchi sculptural table and Forest Stewardship Council-certified maple flooring.
Photo By Stephen Ang
The original 1920s red brick facade contrasts with the sleek solar panels peeking out from the rooftop garden.
Photo By Stephen Ang
The spacious Nevins kitchen leads to a private terrace. Natural linoleum flooring and an Eco-Terr terrazzo countertop lend a comfortable, rustic feel.
Photo By Stephen Ang
The Pacific townhouse, on the corner of Pacific and Nevins, has a more upscale, modern feel. A custom Room and Board dining table with a grey quartz top and Enzo dining chairs complete the look.
Photo By Stephen Ang
The Nevins master bedroom has its own private terrace. The bedroom door is inset with a pattern of translucent leaves. The Room and Board furnishings are made in the United States by family companies (
Photo By Stephen Ang
Baby supplies and toys from Green Depot are safe and nontoxic.
Photo By Stephen Ang
An inner courtyard brings light deep into the interiors.
Photo By Stephen Ang
Bronze accents and a recycled glass slab dress up the Pacific master bathroom.
Photo By Stephen Ang
The third-floor Pacific bathroom countertop is made from post-consumer plastic jugs.
Photo By Stephen Ang
Photovoltaic panels on the roof power the solar electric system.
Photo By Stephen Ang
The project's original developers—husband-and-wife team Rolf Grimsted and Emily Fisher—take a break on the building's roof.
Photo By Stephen Ang
Herbs and native plants in the rooftop garden help create biodiversity in the urban landscape.
Photo By Stephen Ang
Third floor plans
Illustratin by Andrej Galins
First floor plans
Illustration by Andrej Galins
Cellar floor plans
Illustration by Andrej Galins
Second floor plans
Illustration by Andrej Galins
Fourth floor plans
Illustration by Andrej Galins
Roof plans
Illustration by Andrej Galins

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