Category: Demo

A window becomes a door

This weekend I converted a window into a door so that we have access to the backyard from our second floor. One of the first things we did when we moved in was remove the shed in our backyard and install…

Phase II begins…

Today we officially started work on the third floor. Wife and I have been very busy these past few weeks moving all our stuff to the second floor so that we may begin work on the third floor. Rather then…

Happy one-year anniversary, house!

Last Tuesday, June 4, was the one-year anniversary since husband and I closed on the Gowanus manor. It’s been quite a ride. We’ve been working on it regularly for probably about 10 months, and after this summer, we hope it…

Advice from the real experts

Husband and I have been going back and forth about whether to install a master bathroom or not. We’d have to do it from scratch – all the plumbing, fixtures, tiling, shower, etc. – as it would be located where…

It’s all about the budget

This week has been an eye opener for the budget. Husband and I were planning on fixing up the facade and hiring a crew to help us finish the third floor this spring so we can finally, finally, finally finish…

All our tools, all in a row

One day this will be a nice foyer, but today it is where all our stuff hangs out, constantly reminding us every time we walk down the stairs, “Your house is under construction!” Oh, and it’s also very organized.

The five dreaded words

“There’s water in the basement” is the phrase that gives us a feeling of palpable dread and anxiety. Dealing with it was certainly not something we wanted to dedicate a weekend to. Especially when husband informed me that it would…

The saga of the refrigerator

Over Christmas in Chicago, we were lucky enough to get to play with everyone’s new refrigerators. There must have been some renovation fever, or big sale, because everyone we knew had new appliances. (And nobody apparently minded me digging through…