The Townhouse

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If you work in the design trade, have hired a design professional for a project, or have taken on a project yourself, you know that good design takes time and that it is all about the details. In a time when TV shows on a particular network are designed for entertainment rather than for actual good design and perpetuate a falsehood that design of quality can be fast and inexpensive, it is refreshing to see a film expressing the truth, which is the exact opposite. It is not possible to renovate an entire house in three weeks for $20,000. It just isn’t. As we are in the midst of our move to our new home, I keep having to remind myself to be patient about the renovations we will be doing over time. Of course, I would love for it to have all been done yesterday, but as a designer, I know that designing my home and getting it just the way I envision it will take time. Rushing things will only attract problems.

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Have you heard about the wonderful short film, The Townhouse? It showcases the renovation of an exquisite turn of the century townhouse in Manhattan. The renovation took several years, but the final result is stunning and I am sure the owners must have felt it was worth the wait. The design team consisted of interior designer Sarah Magness of Magness Design, architect Brian E. Boyle, and Silver Lining Interiors for the construction.

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“On a beautiful tree-lined Upper East Side block, rests the stunning row of beaux-arts brownstones built in the early 1900s, in an area originally designed for the well-established and cultured New Yorkers (Andrew Carnegie and Vanderbilts lived nearby). The current owners purchased the property with plans for a complete renovation and restoration of the facade, including the addition of the original designed stoop that was sadly demolished in the 50’s. In 2011, schematic design started with all areas surveyed and designed with the utmost care and detail. The conversion back to a single family home gave way for new ideas and modern amenities while maintaining the historical character. The most prominent interior feature is the central elliptical stair with dome skylight. Schematic design to post-construction was four years.”

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The film is only 10 minutes long and is definitely worth watching. It’s funny– clients always want things to happen so quickly and I find myself guilty of the same. The Townhouse has reminded me that some things are definitely worth the wait.

Townhouse from Build Pictures on Vimeo.

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{Photography Courtesy of Magness Design}

11 thoughts on “The Townhouse

  1. I just loved the short film! That house turned out stunning. Those must have been a great teams working together.
    Like you I know how much work is involved in doing a serious reno or restyle. The TV programms are certainly not helping the consumer understand this.
    Also….why do these programms set these idiotic deadlines for a huge project? Would viewers be turned off if it would have taken a few months instead of 7 days? The programm will still show them the reno in the 40 minute show.

    Do you have more of this kind of films, like TOWN HOUSE?

    Your biggest fan from the Netherlans: Ron van Empel.

  2. This townhouse takes my breath away. Pride of workmanship shows in every detail. If I didn’t follow ladolcevitablog.com I would never have been inspired in such a way. Good things do come to those who wait.

  3. Loved this film! I restored a three-story, art deco home, so I have an appreciation of the time and thought involved. There’s an abandoned, 1920’s, red brick gas station in the Texas Hill Country town where I live. Even though there would be some Environmental Protection Agency issues/cleanup to deal with, ‘d love to restore it, add on and make it my home. So far, the owner won’t sell, but I haven’t given up. Brenda

  4. Great film, thanks for sharing! It is refreshing to hear that good design takes a lot of planning and time, we live in an era of speed and so often we forget that there is joy in the process.

  5. I JUST LOVED THE SHORT FILM! THAT HOUSE TURNED OUT STUNNING. THOSE MUST HAVE BEEN GREAT TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER.
    LIKE YOU I KNOW HOW MUCH WORK IS INVOLVED IN DOING A SERIOUS RENO OR RESTYLE. THE TV PROGRAMMS ARE CERTAINLY NOT HELPING THE CONSUMER UNDERSTAND THIS.
    ALSO….WHY DO THESE PROGRAMMS SET THESE IDIOTIC DEADLINES FOR A HUGE PROJECT? WOULD VIEWERS BE TURNED OFF IF IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN A FEW MONTHS INSTEAD OF 7 DAYS? THE PROGRAMM WILL STILL SHOW THEM THE RENO IN THE 40 MINUTE SHOW.
    DO YOU HAVE MORE OF THIS KIND OF FILMS, LIKE TOWN HOUSE?
    YOUR BIGGEST FAN FROM THE NETHERLANS: RON VAN EMPEL.

  6. Fantastic film, so wonderful to hear they used a stone mason for the front. Just beautiful, time and money well spent.

  7. What an absolutely stunning labor of love. A truly artistic blend of old and new. Beautiful.:) Thank you for the post.

  8. Paloma, I’m the producer of the film. Thank you for posting it. It’s nice to read such positive feed-back. I love how people are responding to the fact that the project took 2.5 years and not a minute less. You have a very beautiful blog, by the way. Ciao.

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