The challenge of buying a brand-new developer-built house is that while such homes may be chock-full of shiny amenities, they’re often lacking in the personality department. That’s usually the case for both the interior and exterior—which is why, when the owners of a generic new build in Brooklyn decided to fill it in with more soulful finishes and touches, they tapped an interior decorator and a landscape designer.
Brook Klausing, of Brook Landscape, was more than up for the challenge. One of our favorite landscape designers and a former judge for Gardenista’s Considered Design Awards, he has made a career of transforming claustrophobic, view-challenged New York City outdoor spaces into sanctuary gardens.
“A developer had just finished the six-story building in Williamsburg, and it didn’t have nice details or surfaces throughout the building and property,” says Brook. “The garden and all the terraces had porcelain tiles with stucco walls and a very blank canvas.” By employing natural textures—cleft bluestone tiles, ipe wood salvaged from a boardwalk in the Rockaways—and a mix of soft plantings, he managed to turn a rigid and blah stucco box into a lush urban escape.
Let’s take a tour.