Editor’s note: We are very excited to present a new series about a renovation taking place in Bed Stuy that is being financed with a 203K loan. We know a lot of our readers are looking in Bed Stuy or similar neighborhoods and wondering if they should buy a fixer upper and finance the repairs with a 203K loan. We hope this series will answer some questions about the process, such how to find a good contractor willing to work with the program and when the added costs are worth it.
In August, I closed on a house in Bed Stuy that needed work with a 203K loan to pay for the renovation. I plan to blog here about the renovation, including how the 203K process goes.
But first, a little bit about my story: If money were not an issue then I would have loved to search for a large brownstone in Fort Greene, which is where I’m currently renting. But without unlimited funds I widened my search to Bed Stuy. I was looking for a two- or three-family Brownstone that specifically needed work. Most of the renovated houses I viewed were pretty awful and I didn’t want to pay for someone else’s bad renovation job.
I moved to New York about three years ago planning to rent for a year and then buy. I had previously owned a few places in other cities and in those experiences, buying was cheaper than renting. I started looking at houses in Brooklyn after my one year mark but didn’t pull the trigger because I felt the market still needed a price correction. Boy was I wrong. I passed on some really good deals because I thought they were overpriced at the time. But you know what they say about hindsight. (more…)
We had some grand plans to paint the bedroom and other rooms, put moldings back into place, strip the kitchen woodwork, and plaster throughout the house. We did strip the bedroom in June, and so it was completely empty and ready to paint. But then we got bedbugs from a hotel. All renovation came to a standstill. We had to put all our possessions in black garbage bags, which completely filled the empty room. The bedbugs are gone, but we are still sorting through the black bags. And now we’re $3,000 poorer.
Over at the Astoria Reno, sheetrock is done on the main floor and moldings are going in. The old-school style bathroom tile is in and looks stunning. But they have only two weeks left before their move-in date. Will they make it? Read all about it over on Brownstoner Queens.
After so many delays, the Astoria Reno has to move in about a month. The pressure is on — and they are off to the races. All of a sudden, it’s starting to look like a house. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.
You won’t believe what they’ve been dealing with over at the Astoria renovation. Click here to read about unexpected setbacks caused by the DOB’s new sprinkler regulations. And they’re moving in a few weeks — but the floors and walls are still open, waiting for inspection. If you’re planning a major renovation, you’ve got to read this first.
The Astoria Reno faces down more significant challenges — but the windows are in! And very cute windows they are! Check them out — perfect for a little 1930s Tudor. They add so much character to the building. Meanwhile, the house doesn’t yet have any mechanicals, and the owners hope to move in in only three months. Think they’ll make it? Read all about it here.
The cabinet to the left will be a large pantry, and the cabinet to the right will house the washer and dryer. The fridge, stove and cabinets will go along the wall and an island will be in the center.
We are pushing right along with our 5th Ave reno. Adding an addition and renovating the entire existing floor has proven to be just as stressful and just as over-budget as all renovators say, but we continue to push forward knowing that the end result will be wonderful.
Now that the demo is done and sheetrock and plastering are complete, we must put my home back together again! This is by far my favorite part of the reno. This is where I am able to have a clear idea of how it will all look. So where shall we start? Let’s start at the heart of the home, the kitchen! (more…)
The Astoria Renovation Blog tangled with the DOB and lived to tell the tale. Now that the Stop Work Order has finally been rescinded, work can proceed. But first, a few thoughts about cost overruns and under-stoop renovation.
We are very close to finishing. Moving fast and furious, our contractors at DAF Contracting are getting us through the sheetrocking process upstairs, where we will have a living room, bedroom and bathroom. Also planned are double twin sliding glass doors on either side of the addition. Rooftop pavers will cover the old roof, making way for two delightful rooftop terraces facing north and south. (more…)
We are moving full speed ahead with our renovation. Framing is going up quickly on the addition. We are adding a second bathroom and a fourth bedroom. It feels great to see what you have been planning for years come into fruition. (more…)