Field Trip Friday: Red Hook Carriage House

A few weeks ago OHNY staff went to visit Thomas Warnke’s renovated carriage house in Red Hook, also the home of his architecture studio space4a.

carriage house from the outside

Thomas showed us around the space, which took him three years to renovate. The exterior retains its original brick facade.

dining area

The interior has been re-done, with many furniture items found on Craigslist. Thomas utilized some original features, such as the ceiling beams, and re-purposed them as shelves.

showing us before photos

Thomas showed us before photos and images that documented the process.

living area

The fireplace is original, and he also put in floor to ceiling glass doors in the living area, the kind often used by restaurants to allow for open air dining, to create openness and a way to integrate the outdoors and indoors.


The stairs also use original wood as well, and lead up the the second floor office space and bedroom areas. He has recently created a roof garden for various fruits and vegetables, which he is experimenting with.

wood from trees on the property

The firewood in the entryway is from trees that were removed from the backyard when he put in the patio.

garden area

The back of the building has some original graffiti left. Thanks for letting us visit, Thomas!


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