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When Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis purchased a townhouse for $7.6 million in 2018, they didn't quite anticipate the work that it would take to transform the Boerum Hill, Brooklyn property into their dream home. "When we bought this place, it was fine. But we didn't want fine," Ryan explained on the first episode of Million Dollar Listing: Ryan's Renovation. "What started as a light reno turned into a full gut."
That "full gut" meant transforming even the smallest of details from the inside out. Of course, that came at a hefty price. While the couple's original renovation budget was $1.5 million, they ended up spending more than $2.6 million to create their ideal home.
The "never-ending renovation," as Ryan referred to it, included adding a $150,000 elevator, new floors and ceilings for $700,000, $180,000 insulation, and $40,000 tiles, among many other features. While they initially expected to be moved in by June 2020, due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the renovation process, the family didn't officially move in until April 2021.
Clearly, it was worth the wait. "This is completely insane," Ryan said. "We designed this whole thing on paper and on screens and now it's here in real life!" Emilia added: "The house is completely transformed from what it looked like. Amazing."
Scroll down to see the before & after photos of the stunning renovation!
"These ceiling heights were really, really important to me," Ryan said. "They're 12 feet!" Ryan is also "obsessed with" the Apparatus light fixtures in the room.
The "beautiful and amazing" marble mantel, which is "definitely the most expensive piece" in the room, "took forever to create," Ryan explained. The broker is also a fan of the micro-beveled oak floors in the room and custom chairs made in Portugal.
Chic Kitchen & Dining Area
Ryan is thrilled with the new kitchen. "That's a pretty kitchen," he said on an episode of Ryan's Renovation, before Emilia added, "I've always dreamt of having this massive island in the kitchen where everybody would sit around." While the kitchen, which features a marble oven hood and custom cabinetry, is almost entirely new, the couple did keep the former owner's "massive" Lacanche range.
"Some might say we built this entire house around this closet," Ryan said. "Some might be right." The 26-foot-long wrap-around closet by California Closets features chevron flooring that is "perfectly symmetrical with the lighting and speakers and the sprinklers and the vents for the air," Ryan explained. "Symmetry's really, really, really important."
"This is awesome," Ryan said upon seeing his and Emilia's furnished room, which boasts a custom chandelier and vintage credenza. In addition to Zena's nursery, the little one also has her pink "princess room," as Emilia described it, set up for when she's a bit older. The home also has beautifully furnished guest rooms for visitors.
Spacious Basement/Garden Level
Anchored by a Restoration Hardware Cloud Sofa, the garden level features a dining area, kitchenette, and Ryan's office. Additionally, Emilia's mother's suite "looks pretty great," Ryan said.
Ryan's "favorite" room in the house, the primary bathroom, is "the same exact size as the kitchen." The couple "gutted the whole thing and completely changed it all," and transformed the room to include a "massive shower" and a luxe bathtub, Ryan explained. "One of the design things that I knew that I wanted in this house...[was] this gray and white checkered floor." The room, Ryan said, is "probably the sickest bathroom ever."
As Emilia put it during the show's final episode, the home boasts a "pretty big roof" with gorgeous views.
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