I live in a 2 story condo (new development) that is below grade. Both levels are livable space. I have a garden that is 20 feet below the backyard ground level. I would like to do some landscaping to make the space more interesting. I am trying to find if there is any restrictions on what can I build, can I plant trees? I would really like to build a water wall on a portion of the walls that surround the garden but can't find any info, can anyone help? More»
10:06 PM 05/22/2013
Does anyone know who repairs the old wooden blinds commonly found in brownstones? The wood is all in tact but the cord broke so we can't pull the blind up. I used to have a guy who did this but he retired. I live in Park Slope and really want to keep these old blinds in. I Googled it but I just keep coming up with window repair and not blind repair companies. More»
6:47 PM 05/22/2013
My friend has her family's 1910 house that has no c of o on the DOB site. What are the obstacles about getting one. She is desperate to do work this summer but cannot get permits now. Any advise would be appreciated. More»
4:10 PM 05/22/2013
I'm having the guys who renovated my kitchen come back to add backsplash. I need help picking a tile type and color. A picture of my kitchen is attached. what would you do? More»
12:57 PM 05/22/2013
I hope that someone with some basic handyman knowledge can help me figure this out:
I currently have both a glass door and a screen door to my yard. I would like to replace the screen door with a security screen door (ie, metal, with a lock).
1. Can I assume that I can hang the new door on the existing frame, even though it’s a frame that fits two doors?
2. Aside from Home Depot, are there other suggestions on where I can get a security screen door that isn’t too expensive?
9:10 AM 05/22/2013
I'm interested in suggestions for door combinations off our parlor floor kitchen in the rear of our old brownstone, that allow sufficient light to the kitchen but also protection against weather, and bugs, and provide decent security. (although our yard is fenced in, so security issues aren't tops on the list) We're converting a window to a door and adding a small/medium sized steel deck off the kitchen/dining room, and the door will be the only source of natural light to the kitchen (with 2 picture windows off the adjoining dining room providing less ... More»
8:52 AM 05/22/2013
We are replacing the doors under our brick stoop. The current outer leaks water terribly. The new door will be some combination of wood/glass/metal and be "airtight" according to the door guy. Do I now need to install some kind of vent in the brick so that there is some ventilation under the stoop? Ventilation is not a problem now beause the door is so leaky.
And, if I do need a vent, can I do that myself without compromising the brick or do I need to hire someone to install the vent.
Finally, is there some kind of door that keeps out water that is no... More»
5:11 AM 05/22/2013
We are excavating some top soil, some sub soil, and some fill from our back garden this week.
The soil is a mix of high quality mushroom soil (black gold). We had pavers installed over.. and thus has some sand integrated in the mix. All is completely pesticide free and organic.
There might be some small rocks in the sub soil, too. We also have some rather pretty large rounded stones, likely old river stones if anyone needs these for their gardens as decoration. The soil is al... More»
4:33 PM 05/21/2013
Does anybody know if this property is still having problems with leaking and water damage, as detailed in Brownstoner posts from around March 2008? A friend is considering one of the units in the building.
Thoughts on the property in general? Suggestions on how to check up on its status? More»
3:38 PM 05/21/2013
Last call before these bricks end up in a landfill. Take all you can, they are out now in front of my house, Willoughby Ave, between Washington Ave. and Hall St. in Clinton Hill.
2:17 PM 05/21/2013
Last summer one of the zones of our LG A/C system stopped working. We had a well known local company come out to assess the issue but after a 3rd visit they stopped the project. They also won't return my phone calls this year. I'm guessing that they don't want to continue the project. Can anyone recommend a reliable service that could help us? I'm told that LG systems are hard to find those willing to service them but this may or may not be true. More»
1:44 PM 05/21/2013