I am very excited - we are about 70% finished with the renovation.
That´s why I want to give the chance to walk through the construction site with me, show you the details and share what I learned throughout the process.
This near gut reno is a SRO to 3 family conversion of a 5 story italianate Brownstone.
The goal of the renovation was to archieve a low energy house that is ready for the next 100 years while preserving original features.
- insulation, lots of it
- extensive floor/ceiling... More»
11:58 PM 05/14/2013
My husband and I are getting stone slabs for our backyard dropped off in front of our house on Saturday morning. It all has to go up the stairs, through the house and out to the backyard. I think it's going to be too much to do ourselves. I've asked around but can't seem to find someone who I can hire for an hour or so to help. I've heard that there are men who hang out at Lowes or Home Depot that are looking for extra work; has anyone hired someone from either place? Are they there on Saturdays? What would you pay for an hour or two of work? Thanks for ... More»
8:23 PM 05/14/2013
This is only my 2nd time seeking consultation/work from a general contractor, the first time was quick and easy. However now, I've tried contacting about 6 to do a walkthrough and get estimates for some work, and they either dont respond to emails, or say they'll get back, but don't actually followup or set dates. Wondering if they are inherently less into emailing, and I should be phoning, or its the job that maybe is not big enough?
Basically our apartment got flooded from work being done above. Water mitigation is done, now need to do the actual r... More»
3:45 PM 05/14/2013
Can anyone recommend a ductless ac installer they have been happy with?
Thanks a bunch=) More»
12:34 PM 05/14/2013
We have a three story frame house. Presently used as a two family (duplex on top two + apartment on bottom floor). We are looking to turn the building back into a one-family. Looking for someone who can cut an internal staricase between the first and second floors. Any recommendations appreciated. More»
10:49 AM 05/14/2013
I have a 3 story brick exterior that I'll like to have pointed. Can anyone offer me a recommendation? Going through The Brownstoner Archives has been a very time consuming task. More»
8:37 AM 05/14/2013
My neighbor is currently finishing a gut job on his duplex. He intends on renting it to a family who will run a day care out center. The people on the block told me they're not happy with that for various reasons. I truly dont know how I should feel. What are some things I should consider/be prepared for if the in fact decide to run a day care center. More»
9:42 PM 05/13/2013
Our home insurance requires that we get an alarm system. I am wondering whether to just get the bare bones system or go with the motion detectors, sensors on lots of windows, etc. Has anyone researched what features of alarm systems (if any) actually deter thieves from entering or scare them away once they are there? Or do alarm systems just give a false sense of security? Are there statistics or well-researched articles out there, or other sources of reliable information? We're in a row house in Windsor Terrace, FWIW. More»
9:37 PM 05/13/2013
Can anyone give some good recommendations of where I can buy high-quality paints for my kitchen. My husband attempting to do it himself (:-/). Anyone have anys recs on color schemes that have used, where can I good quality brand cabinets? tiles? countertops? Looking for a reasonable price but decent quality. Thanks. More»
4:44 PM 05/13/2013
Hi, this relates to a 7 unit building about 90 years old. The house drain got blocked over the weekend. Happily I was able to unblock it using 25' snake inserted near the house trap. When checking to see that all was OK this morning I saw a rat peering up at me. This rat is on the house side of the house trap. Is this normal or does it indicate an unusual level of access?
It means that there is only a toilet trap keeping the rat from popping his head into my basement toilet. I am doubly concerned as in January a pregnant rat gained access to the basemen... More»
3:49 PM 05/13/2013
Hi All - Happy Monday! We are FHA buyer's looking in Brooklyn and are curious if anyone has had any recent success with an FHA purchase of a home and some recommendations for who to work with in regards to realty companies. I have been told a LOT of stuff from a LOT of different sources but no one that has just been through the process. I heard that Corcoran won't work with FHA buyer's - anyone know of companies that will based on your experience?
Thank you! More»
11:55 AM 05/13/2013
We're being asked by the broker to sign the contract to purchase a frame house in Brooklyn in the next day or two. The initial inspection is done, but we haven't had time to bring a reliable contractor in to estimate renovations. Although the kitchen's and baths that need to be replaced, the house looks in decent condition. However, the building inspector said that the repair work in the basement looked shoddy and that he'd probably open up all the walls to change the plumbing, electric, etc. and that total renovations could run $50k/floor. How is it pos... More»
6:55 AM 05/13/2013