This article is part of our latest Design special section, about spaces inspired by nature.
Sometimes, when life changes, your home needs to change too. Or at least that’s what Jun Aizaki, the founder of the architecture and design firm Crème, determined after he started a family.
In 2010, before he was a parent, Mr. Aizaki bought a two-family townhouse in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn that was so poorly maintained it had begun to fall apart. “Things were literally patched together with duct tape,” Mr. Aizaki, 49, said. “The canopy was supported by two-by-fours and the roof had holes everywhere. It wasn’t in real livable condition, even though a person lived there.”
Mr. Aizaki, who designs restaurants like RedFarm and L’Amico in Manhattan and hotels like Hyatt Centric in Philadelphia, paid a little more than $500,000 and undertook a down-to-studs renovation. He put on a new roof. He bought