Category: Kitchen

Houston, we have a problem

Well, the corner cabinet doesn’t fit up the stairs. Guess we need to find a cabinetmaker who can take it apart and then put it back together upstairs. Or, as husband wants to do, remove the second floor window, build…

Drywallin’

We got a lot done this weekend. Most of the drywall is up and the space is starting to come together. There were tons of holes to fill from the electricians and general damage during demo. We are also very…

Destroying some marble

It’s almost impossible to buy carrara marble. Sure, it’s sold just about everywhere, but it’s one of the few products salespeople actually try to talk you out of. Every time I walk into a store, I have to preface it…

The wood floor

We have been going back and forth about hiring somebody to install the wood floor, or doing it ourselves. (And when I say doing it ourselves, I really mean husband doing most of the work, and me lying out pieces…

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…

Opening Up

The second floor is really starting to open up after we expanded the doorway from the hallway and removed the wall between the old bedrooms in the back. We hired professionals who within a single day (and a crew of…

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…

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.