The historic, three-story Harlem townhouse was a rugged brick-walled structure originally built in 1909. From the very beginning, Alysia and David were in love with the space and hands-on with a green vision for the construction. They aimed to employ ecologically-conscious methods throughout the process, retaining as much of the original structure as possible, including the brick walls. Working within a strict budget and collaborating with MontesBuild Green Street Construction, they were able to design their dream home utilizing bamboo and natural slate flooring, natural light, reclaimed wood from the Hudson Company, and contemporary furnishings.
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Architect Nicholas Moons of MontesBuild noted that the design was completely inspired by Alysia and David themselves. “All of what you see here is from Alysia and David,” he says. “One of their requests and their mission was to have an earth-friendly, healthy solution.”
Alysia and David’s style comes with all the essentials of a loving, yet playful home. The master bedroom features a romantic built-in eco fireplace, while fully functioning playful chalkboard paint lines the backs of the staircase for fun family notes. Spiritual details are peppered throughout the space, including serene Buddhist artifacts and statues. The design’s innate peaceful message is uplifting and inspiring at every angle.
Images by Jill Fehrenbacher and Laura Mordas-Schenkein
David Alan Basche. David's last name is Basche, not (Mrs.) Reiner, as you've named him in five photos.