We are replacing street-facing windows this year. The rear was a breeze (used Lucky Window Products (LWP) / Robert Basile) and the windows look beautiful and weathered the winter well. We went with Trimline's Eclipse model, wooden interior, aluminum exterior. Since we're landmarked, we have to go with all wood windows this time for the street-facing windows. Two questions:
1) Wewant the least obtrusive method possible. Our home is finished and we don't want to live through the mess of a brick-to-brick installation and don't see the need for it eith... More»
9:38 PM 05/17/2013
We are installing anaglypta wallpaper in our home (taking out the original anaglypta which was gouged in many places) as part of a gut reno. My contractor will be painting the whole interior of the house, but I've been advised to get someone separate to do the wallpapering (while we're at it - any recommendations for that?). I am wondering - does one need to take special care in painting over anaglypta or does one use the the usual methods of painting on regular walls? Just trying to figure out if I am going to need to hire someone separate to do that to... More»
4:05 PM 05/17/2013
R4 District Queens / Same Friends trying to legalize basement along with their renovation. 1) Should ceiling heights be 7'-0" ? 2) Can they use bilco doors for egress to street? 3) Can same alt 1 renovation application be used to legalize basement.
Thanks in advance for any help on this matter as I am very appreciative of all the help I have received in the past..... More»
2:55 PM 05/17/2013
We live in a 1850s brownstone in Fort Greene and recently cleaned up the garden. I was very surprised to find two 3 foot wide channels of concrete about 10 inches under the soil on both sides of the garden (from the house to the back). There is nothing in the middle of the garden. When I started to dig up the concrete I found it had been poured on top of beautiful thick bluestone / slate! Thankfully the concrete was easy to break and peel off from the slate so we could recycle the stone to create the patio.
Does anyone have any idea what use the concret... More»
1:41 PM 05/17/2013
Rather foolishly, we had custom shelves installed into a rental apartment. Much to our chagrin, the owner decided to sell our place 5 months into our lease. The owner is not interested in paying for the shelves and we spent a decent amount of money on them. They will fit in our new place, though we've yet to broach the possibility with the landlord, which we would obviously do first, having learned our lesson. They are 83" wide and about 1.5 inches thick. Has anyone had experience with this? Does it do a great deal of harm to the walls? Will the cost of ... More»
11:52 AM 05/17/2013
There was a post about a month ago on these recycled deck tiles made by Renew Resources. At least one person stated that they used them for a roof deck. I'd really like to speak with anyone that has actual experience with these tiles and possibly even look at their deck. I can be reached at neverafeeatgmail. Our coop is thinking of using them. Thanks!. More»
10:49 PM 05/16/2013
Has anyone else noticed a new noise emanating from The Williamsburgh Bank Tower? It is a dull humming vacuum cleaner noise that runs all day and night. Guests noticed it when we were outside on the garden this weekend. Can hear it even inside my house on Saint Felix Street. It can not only be me... More»
9:58 PM 05/16/2013
We are working with an architect, submitted plans to our board and the DOB. We are 99.9% ready to start June 17th. The job is in Manhattan: 322 Central Park West, apt. 15A.
To read or talk more about our renovation, contact
http://www.wilkinsonarchitects... 212 254 5210
9:16 PM 05/16/2013
Hello, I was wondering if anyone in the community has installed a drywell in their brownstone backyard to handle the roof runoff to prevent it from entering the house drain and flooding. All of our issues with basement water seem to come from heavy days that overload the street sewer, which nearly most of our neighbors experience.
I would really be interested in hearing anecdotal stories from anyone who has done this. More»
7:07 PM 05/16/2013
Our roof was recently redone and in great shape, I think it's Firestone that Leakmaster's uses.... Was Considering coating with aluminum sulfate as a means to reflect UV light and cool down some. Is there much advantage to this? Is there another material that's even more effective and still as economical as the alum asphalt? I read that white glossy ceramic will reple heat better than the alum asphalt though i'm not sure if that can be so easily applied. Feedback, suggestions appreciated. Thanks More»
7:03 PM 05/16/2013