I want to recommend Gennaro Brooks-Church of EcoBrooklyn.com as a green roof builder. We bought a house with a roof done by him and have been very satisfied with the results. More homeowners should consider putting in a green roof, especially in light of the catch basin overflows in Park Slope. Green rooves cool houses down in summer, decrease the amount of water run-off that drains into the sewage system, and provide habitat for beneficial insects. They are also lovely to look at. More»
10:13 AM 06/19/2013
My contractor did not go to the ECB court hearing or pay the ECB fine. The violation issues were fixed. But the fine has gone up. Who is responsible for paying this fine? Will this impact my ability to get a certificate of occupancy later? Can anyone recommend a lawyer or company they have worked with to lower the fine? More»
11:11 PM 06/18/2013
We need a second opinion for a flooding issue in the (recently dug out and finished) basement of a 3-story rowhouse in Carroll Gardens near the Gowanus. Can anyone offer someone who can identify and solve water issues? More»
10:53 PM 06/18/2013
I have an accepted offer on apartment in Sunset Park, but before closing I would like to get some estimates on the ability/cost of replacing a drop ceiling with a standard dry wall (or plaster) one as well installing some pocket doors, in addition to possibly re-doing a kitchen and perhaps some electrical upgrades. Any suggestions?
6:06 PM 06/18/2013
Does anyone out there know of someone that has the aluminum bending machine that can bend some new aluminum sill pieces for me? After years of dealing with leaks and drafts off of new Pella windows, I tore apart the capping to dicover that the original installer never foam selaed any gaps and just capped over them. Ughh... Anyway, I just need a few broze aluminum peices bent and installed. Easy job. Please reaply with any experienced contacts. I'm in Gowanus. Thanks in advance More»
4:01 PM 06/18/2013
Our 5 unit brownstone coop is looking to spruce up our common hallways and are struggling with the sconces so I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions. Brownstone (~1830) was converted in the early '90s and minimal detail remains. We'd like to be economical with the light fixtures, have them give off good light and look nice. Any thoughts?
3:45 PM 06/18/2013
I need to instal a salvaged marble mantel in my new home. The fireplace is not functional and the mantel is just for show. I got one quote (1,400) that seemed incredibly high considering I have all of the pieces and only need it attached to the brick. Does anyone have a contractor/handyman they can recommend for the job? More»
1:34 PM 06/18/2013
I'd like to recommend my electrician Waldek (Wally). He just finished a full rewire of my detail laden brownstone with minimal damage. He installed a new breaker panel, changed about 10 light fixtures and a ton of outlets / switches. His prices are very reasonable and his work is clean and neat. He does all the work himself. I met him when he was changing fixtures for a neighbor of mine in Bed stuy so he does smaller jobs too. . His cell number is 631-606-6159 he lives in Brooklyn and work in NYC only. More»
11:51 AM 06/18/2013