In 2004, the City of New York purchased large swaths of property covered with factories and warehouses no longer in operation close to the industrial district of East New York in an effort to bring more affordable housing to the Bed-Stuy area. To open the door to homeownership for Brooklyn residents, the city razed the majority of the buildings, burying what was left, and on top built what is now rows of charming, three-story townhomes.
Nk Udogwu, an attorney in law firm management, bought her city-built Ocean Hill townhouse in 2015. She undertook a five-month complete gut renovation, reworking the kitchen from top to bottom, adding a master bathroom and a walk-in closet, and redesigning the backyard to make it entertainment-ready.
Nk added a fireplace, replaced old vanities in the bathrooms, knocked out walls to allow for a double-railing staircase, added a laundry room, sanded and restained the existing hardwood flooring, and even relocated the heating system. She’s flipped a cookie-cutter home into a beautiful space, taking into consideration quality, layout, functionality, and beauty.
Nk’s home is a hub on warm Brooklyn evenings, the junction for friends mingling between dinner and drinks, conversations and cocktails around the high-top kitchen island, patio parties on summer nights. Speckled with injections color, forward expressions of Nk’s own stylistic sensibilities, and details of the life lived within, this is a home mirroring taste, lifestyle, and imagination.