Dan DiClerico has spent nearly twenty years covering home remodeling and design for outlets like Martha Stewart Living, This Old House, and Consumer Reports, where he worked for 10 years prior to his current post as Home Expert & Smart Home Strategist at HomeAdvisor.
Dan bought a one-hundred-year-old Brooklyn brownstone for his family with the plan to put his reno knowledge to the test. He waited several years to take on the gutting project, which even involved an update to the floorplan. Dan lives here with his wife Rebecca and their two children, Alexander and Emmy. The family let us inside for a peek at their fully updated home.
Photos by Kate Glicksberg
What drew you to this home?
We loved our old Brooklyn neighborhood of Clinton Hill, but it didn’t take long to outgrow the two-bedroom apartment we owned there after Alexander was born. Neighboring Bed-Stuy offered the possibility of more space, plus we admired the architecture of its historic district.
They weren’t exactly giving away brownstones, but we did well on the sale of our apartment, and with the promise of additional rental income, we felt like we could make the numbers work. Even still, we probably looked at close to fifty buildings. I never thought we’d get this one, an elegant twenty-wide on a tree-lined block. But the seller was motivated and I think she knew we’d love the place as much as she did. We lucked out, but only after lots of perseverance.