A closer look at The Half townhouse
Why we were hired
The Half is a townhouse in the historic South Street Seaport neighborhood of Manhattan. Its name is literal—the property is only 12 feet wide, half the size of a standard Manhattan townhouse lot. The client saw potential in the 12-foot-by-75-foot parcel and built a four-story home. He approached us to maximize and enhance every inch of space.
We gave special attention to programming spaces efficiently and to understanding how each room would function. Conceptualizing the house like a hotel suite, we refined living to the essentials. Decorative components wouldn’t just be stylish—they’d have to be smart.
The narrowness of the house lent itself to a consistent quarter-inch reveal. This fine detail throughout the space forms baseboards, trims, stair profiles, handrails, door jambs, and window casings. Ash-wood floors and white walls contrast with silhouetted windows while concrete counters mingle with custom encaustic tiles and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures. Rather than adding carpeting, rotations in wood flooring suggest new thresholds and pocket doors serve as dividers when desired.
We wanted the half house to feel like a full house, so we employed targeted design by selecting and customizing pieces with particular proportions, hanging oversized art to draw the eye upwards, and keeping the material palette pale with deliberate dark notes for depth and balance. Rooms feel open and airy, but also intimate and inviting. The outcome isn’t a “tiny house.” It’s a home.