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Recently, I was asked to remodel a four-story, two-family brownstone in Hoboken, N.J. The owners used to share half the building with tenants but needed more space to raise their growing family. They hired an architect and settled on a plan to occupy most of the home except for a small basement apartment, which would give them some rental income and maintain the home's two-family zoning status.
The scope of this project included a complete gut-rehab of two of the four floors. In this article, however, I'll focus on the structural work related to the basement apartment and the first-floor entry.