Peter from the Bed Stuy Reno Blog brings us up to date with progress in the kitchen and shows us the almost-complete parlor floor bathroom that has become known far and wide for its creative floor tiling pattern. Also: Did a Baldwin brother bathe in their tub?
Video: Inside the Bed Stuy Reno Blog [Brownstoner]
Over on the Bed Stuy Renovation Blog, they’ve just about finished laying down the wood flooring in the new kitchen area. The do-it-yourselfers now need some advice from the audience about how to finish the wood. Matte or glossy? Oil or water-based? Tips on prepping the floor? Throw in your two cents on the link.
An Open Question: Finishing a Wood Floor [Bed Stuy Reno]
Back in February, the tile design that the Bed Stuy Reno’ers created for their bathroom floor elicited oohs and ahs from readers. This week, our faithful bloggers were back at it, attempting to seal the tile before grouting. Despite lamenting the fact that the “Goddamn tile won’t goddamn quit being more goddamn work,” Peter, in the end, proclaims the sealing process a success. More pics and play-by-play on the link.
Back to the Goddamn Tile [Bed Stuy Reno]
The creative juices are really flowing over at the Bed Stuy reno. They’ve laid a tile floor that is a play on a carpet that has been cut in half to fit in the room. This is the kind of thing that, if done wrong, would be a real bummer. But these guys really pulled it off. Very cool, in our opinion.
Tiling Updater – Money Shots [Bed Stuy Reno]
This’ll be one of your last chances to see the beautiful old brick wall in the ground floor of the Bed Stuy Reno house. This is where the cabinets, stove and fridge will ultimately go, even though our fearless renovators are feeling a little discouraged by the slow pace of progress in this particular area. What do you think that arch was for? Is it purely structural or was there an old brick oven or something in there?
The Lower Level Kitchen [Bed Stuy Reno]
Given our own experience with a collapsed sewer line (and flooded basement and cellar) last fall, our hearts went out to the Bed Stuy renovators when we read yesterday that they had been forced to start digging up the street to replace their own water main. As they point out, this ain’t a cheap procedure. About $10,000, as we recall.
Lead Water Mains and You (And Us) [Bed Stuy Reno]
After finishing all the large-scale demo, G and P were finally able to take real measurements and start drawing up plans! Meanwhile, small smaller demo projects have revealed some interesting archaeological discoveries.
Planning Phase [Bed Stuy Reno]
Over on the Bed Stuy Reno Blog, they’ve finished removing all the old plaster (including from the cellar, in photo) and are finally ready to bring on the dumpster to get rid of the trash-compactor bags full of the stuff that are now taking up 2/3 of the house’s space.
Finally Ready for the Dumpster [Bed Stuy Reno]
Why is it that one always comes back from vacation more exhausted than before one left? Anyway, we’re back, taking a transitional day to get caught up around here before facing the depressing prison cell that is our day job. While we were gone, the folks over at the Bed Stuy Reno were getting their hands (and just about every other body part) dirty removing the plaster from their parlor floor. Their big tip? Use trash compactor bags instead of the larger and less wieldy contractor bags. Meanwhile, over at the Gates Reno, having made peace with the compromises and postponements that became financially necessary, they’ve been busy picking bathroom tile and fixtures with lots of input from the peanut gallery. On another note, we’re interested to know if there are any important stories or developments that fell through the cracks while we were in the wifi-less mountains of Europe.
Plaster, Our Worthy Adversary [Bed Stuy Reno]
The Road to Hell is Paved with Tile [Gates Reno]
Our Bed Stuy Reno bloggers were busy, busy, busy over the weekend, tackling the demolition of the old ground-floor kitchen and unearthing some surprises in the process. They’ve got some questions for you about vapor barriers and palimpsests. Check it.
State of the Lower Level [Bed Stuy Reno]
If you were at your computer over the weekend, you might have noticed the disappearance of the Cambridge Reno Blog and the appearance of the Bed Stuy Reno Blog. Given all the difficulties Shahn’s been having getting everything wrapped up with Landmarks, he decided it would be better to hold off on any more public displays for the time being. Into the breach step an intrepid man named Peter and his wife, G, who recently closed on a wonderful old house in Bedford Stuyvesant. The “before” pictures remind us eerily of our own house back when we bought it in 2004. So we’re particularly excited to follow along over the next year as they take us along on their renovation journey. Welcome!
Bed Stuy Reno [Brownstoner]