Category: Design

The kitchen design

This is the kitchen design that we’re likely going with, created by Husband on Google SketchUp. Now that we’ve taken down all the walls, the kitchen will live in an 18×12 space where two bedrooms used to be. [Floorplan; how…

Updating our rental

     The prior owners of the house lived on the first floor, which is a very generous (over 1,000 square feet), yet somewhat flexible space, as seen in this floorplan. But it was decorated kind of crazy – a…

Fixing the couch

Our cat Sylvester has done a number on the arms of our couch. We’re not ready to buy a new fancy couch yet because we’re spending all our money at Lowe’s buying drywall screws and reciprocating saws (and carrying both…

Remembering our last renovation

             This won’t be our first renovation, but it will certainly be our BIGGEST. Just a few years ago, husband and I re-did the kitchen (and bathroom, and flooring and installed crown molding…). Sure, we…

It’s almost time

Husband and I are itching to get into the new place and begin our renovation, but we don’t close until tomorrow (!). So in the meantime, with little else on our minds, we decided to check out the Prospect Lefferts…

Thinking about the kitchen

Now that we’re exactly three weeks from closing, I’m beginning to think about the important things: the kitchen and my closet! When we renovated the kitchen in our co-op, everyone lambasted me when I said I wanted carrera marble. You’ll…

The floor plan

Here is the floor plan as it stands today. There are a lot of options, but we have pretty much settled on converting the top two floors to our place, renting out the first floor and sharing the backyard. The…

A Gowanus Renovation

We are already joking that this will be a 10-year renovation, so at least we are keeping our expectations in check. Like with any housing search there are three trade-offs for size, location and price. But our search for a new home and a renovation project during the spring of 2012 added a new variable to the mix…condition.

There was the house on 11th street in Park Slope with temporary bracing to keep the floor from caving in, the decaying house on 15th which appeared to come with the original owner, the house on 2nd with family in-fighting preventing its sale, and our personal favorite, the house on 12th which the Realtor spun as having a “gravity problem”.

We kept our search within Brooklyn and quickly realized we would need to sacrifice one of the four trade-offs. Location seemed like a good one, especially if we positioned ourselves in an up-and-coming area. As soon as we saw the house in Gowanus, our search was officially over.

The home is a legal 3-family, which gives us many different options for configuration today but also down the road should we decide to expand or contract. It sits on a 20×100 lot, has a backyard and is in surprisingly good condition for its age (credit goes to the current owners). We plan to rent out the bottom floor and convert the top two floors to a single residence.

We hope this site will document the renovation of our home, but the surrounding area as well. We expect that over the coming years both will have big changes.