ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of last Saturday’s Bedford-Stuyvesant House Tour (the 33rd annual!) was the impressive level of craft in the bay-windowed 1890s limestone where Christiaan Bunce and his wife Jules Gim recently completed a gut rehab. No surprise, as Christiaan is a principal of Khouri Guzman Bunce Limited (KGB), a multi-disciplinary firm whose work ranges from 20,000-square-foot from-the-ground-up Hamptons homes to urban interior renovations and modern furniture design.
Dig those stunning zig-zag patterned floors, above, made of alternating strips of white oak and walnut and requiring visitors to put on those silly historic-house booties. Christiaan and Jules bought the building 3-1/2 years ago and recently completed something between a renovation and restoration on all four floors, the lower duplex that is their home and two rental apartments above. “The house was really rough, with bad water damage, and lots of detail had been stripped,” Christian says. So he re-created it, even making silicone molds of existing cornices and other architectural details, and casting them in plaster.
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