Could anyone give me a cocktail-napkin idea of the costs of built-in bookshelves in Brooklyn? This would be for a wall 8.5 feet long, 7 feet high, 12" deep. I'm not looking for anything architecturally funky or unusual or any high end finish -- just straightforward, solid, bookshelves. I actually don't know anybody who has done this (a few friends have done much higher end jobs than me), so have no idea if I am thinking of a $1200 project or a $5,000. Any ideas? And what are my big swing factors (e.g., "$1K if all you want is X; $8K if you want Y.... More»
5:07 PM 08/13/2012
I'm pretty distraught over my first major home renovation since we bought our clapboard house a year ago. I hired a stair specialist to replace the stairs going from the entry level to our first living level. The old stairs were slanted and looked terrible, but it was mostly for cosmetic reasons.
When I asked if he would paint and finish everything, he told me that he doesn't paint, but I said I would prefer to work with someone that does the whole job and asked if he could hire someone to finish it and just make it part of his estimate. He agreed, b... More»
1:50 PM 08/13/2012
We are aware that DOB requires an iron deck and that existing wood decks are not grandfathered but we think we still want to proceed with rebuilding our existing deck that needs to be replaced out of wood and are looking for carpenter or contractor recommendations. Thanks, More»
9:46 AM 08/13/2012
Hi! We have been trying to find the right pair of front doors for our brownstone for a long, long.... long time. A couple of years ago (or longer), we bought a pair that matches in size but needs a lot, lot... lot of work. We are now fully committed to see this project through and are looking to speak with someone who thinks they may be able to restore and give some dignity to these doors (see pic attached - can provide more upon request) as well as install them. Our brownstone has been waiting for some decent doors for a long time.
Size of doors is 84 ... More»
2:10 AM 08/06/2012
Our interior bannister is in need of major repair: super wobbly, 15 missing spindles, last painted in the early 60's. It goes up 3 flights and runs approximately 70 feet. I'm looking to stregthen it, strip and varnish the handrail, replace the missing or broken spindles, and re-paint all the spindles.
I've gotten two bids - one high, one low (a $2500 difference between the two). I'm wondering how much this should cost and if anyone can recommend someone for this work. I'd like to get a third bid and also know what the norm should be.
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9:58 AM 06/30/2012
So grateful to Gregg Resnick of Alllied Arborcraft Corp, (RenovateNY.com) for completing an entire gut reno of my Brownstone on 6th Avenue.
I scanned Brownstoner.com last summer to find the right contractor l and found several well recommended ones. Out of 5, 3 gave competitive paper bids and it was difficult, I l could have worked with any of them but Gregg had been also referred by our architect, Len Herczig, so we went with him.
So glad we did. He was just superb. The company was founded by his father, hence the funny nameand Gregg grew up in the bu... More»
11:50 AM 06/11/2012
a while back I asked this question & ended trying to do all custom at Scherrs, in N. Dak., where other brownstoners had had great experience. They are great -- but custom w/installation & shipping is costing out at more than custom. Might still use them for doors only, but going back & forth on the species/stain color is a huge hassle -- and costly. I'd love to find someone right here in Bklyn to work with.
Does anyone know an excellent, reasonable cabinetmaker who can build simple, slab doors for ikea cabs, plus a small amount of custom st... More»
7:32 AM 05/27/2012
Can anyone recommend someone to make a wood garbage can shed like the one in this picture for the front of our brownstone? Opens at front and on top. Wood should be relatively weather resistant (I know it's wood so it's not going to last forever). Dimensions approx 56L x 30W x 36H. Want someone who will take measurements, build and finish in off-site shop, then deliver.
Sorry, not interested in the metal ones recommended on other posts.
What should I expect to pay for something like this?
11:50 AM 04/28/2012
We are considering a condo combination with the unit upstairs.
Looking for reccomendations on a staircase builder. There is also a bathroom gut as part of the project and a bit of millwork. Open to someone who can do all of this or just the staircase portion. In terms of the staircase, our tastes are on the modern side, likely open tread (but kid safe), wood.
Also curious to hear people's thoughts on whether it's best to have two specialists for this project, or one overall GC. More»
11:07 AM 04/23/2012
I am looking for a carpenter to make wooden planter boxes for my terrace. Nothing fancy, just decent looking wooden planter boxes to replace the awful plastic junk I have now. If anyone has ideas, I'd appreciate it - thanks. More»
11:50 AM 02/27/2012
I need someone to clear a number of violations (plastering and painting, radiator cover, replace a kitchen cabinet, tile work, hang a door, replace a striker on a lock) in a rent controlled apt in Brooklyn Heights. Tenant is difficult and I need someone who will go in, do the work, and not engage with the tenant who wants extra work done. Does not include plumbing or electric violations (those have been cleared). Work needs to be done in the next few weeks. More»
10:08 AM 02/27/2012