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General Contractors April 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

General Contractor – JC Martin Renovations & Carlos Flooring

We closed on a Co-op in Sunset Park and needed to have some light work done in the apartment, but also needed to move in relatively quickly. Martin quickly returned our calls, sent estimates and revised estimates quickly and scheduled our work. The time crunch made the plan for the work that needed to be done quickly. But Martin was able to get some surprising detail work done – removing years of paint and exposing beautiful wood in our bedroom and office. As well as exposing the original nickel on our front door. He was flexible when we chose to change our minds on various projects. His partner Carlos finished our wood floors. They look phenomenal. We get many compliments on the floors and painting.

I will note that we were first time home buyers – and not really prepared for how the process would work. Sometimes the workmen left a sizable mess and a few times the work men seemed to not really know what they were doing. But if you have used contractors before perhaps you would have more patience than we did our first time around.

We bought most (if not all) of our supplies – which helped with cost. When we needed to move in a few of the items that we wanted completed had not been done. We had to terminate service at that point, but we worked with Martin and itemized the work that had been completed and negotiated the final cost.

http://www.jcmartinrenovations.com

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Interior Decorators and Designers April 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

looking for an interior designer

Hi, We are looking for an interior designer/decorator who has
experience working with salvaged materials and has an eclectic style
– someone who can mix modern, vintage and bohemian — nothing formal
or too sleek! We are about to embark on a major renovation of our
wood frame south slope house.

Thanks so much.

Pest Control April 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Our neighbor throws food waste in their backyard

I’ve seen my neighbor open up their window and throw bread and other food waste into their backyard. Today my eye caught a large quantity of pepperoni pizza ( looked more than 1 large pizza worth) just heaped up in their flower garden. This is not an attempt to compost either. We have a bad rat problem in our neighborhood and my neighbor is only creating more food for rodents.

The sanitation dept. says that they are doing nothing wrong according to the law, as it is not visible from the street. Still doesn’t seem right or sanitary.

I plan on discussing this with them, but wanted to post here to see if I can get any advice on this issue or tips on how to proceed. Weird part is their backyard is not in total disarray , they just throw food waste back their.

About Brooklyn April 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

Please HELP get me in touch with Stanley Lewis Plumbing ASAP!!

Based on recs in Brownstoner, yday I had Stanley Lewis Plumbing do some small plumbing repair. I thought they did a good job and I was going to write positive feedback.

But last night a major water leak sprung at the site of the repair. I am trying to get in touch with them asap. I left voice messages and sent emails and not heard back. Their website says they schedule Saturday appointments, so I assume they should check for messages.

Since quite a few people in this forum have had experience with them, so I’m taking this long shot to see if anyone can help me get in touch with them asap. If you can help, please reply to this post and I will contact you or ask you to contact me. Thank you very much in advance.

Flooring April 19, 2014 at 8:37 am

Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

Hi y’all,

Our quandry: Gotta cover a kitchen floor which currently has pine subflooring (of not the highest grade). The solution should last 3 years, be reasonably attractive, and removable so when we get a full concept together for this entire area of the house, we can realize it. In the meantime, we need to put something down for renters on May 1.

Options:
- linoleum – will it ruin the pine subfloors for later finishing? marmoleum is out of scope due to cost and installation challenge; also having difficulties find cool linoleum (vintage style would be fab!)
- paint – not good bc later super hard to refinish it
- poly – prefer light wood or light brown, but the red/orange really comes out with clear poly and I don’t like the look.

I’m stumped at every turn. Even considering a rug at this point!!

Any brilliant ideas out there?

Thanks a million!!!!

About Brooklyn April 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

American Restoration Tile

Lately, I examined a few ceramic, encaustic tiles from different manufacturers. (Like from England, not cement tile from Morocco.) I have had some new inquiries about vestibule reproductions and it would be nice if porosity were closer to 0. I especially want to avoid stains and dirt rubbing in to lighter colors. I applied penetrant thoroughly. Red wine (among other things) still stains if allowed to remain overnight. Some stains can be lifted out with a paint stripper poultice, and encaustic tile can be re polished with diamond abrasives, but it may not reflect light exactly as the original surface. I have observed the same stains in historic tile, but without modern penetrates, and accumulated over a century. Yet, American Encaustic Tile, long gone, still looks great on many NYC floors.

Exceptionally stain resistant tile is available from American Restoration Tile. I have been waiting, for quotes from Mr. Byrd for over a week – not as long as some people wait for quotes from me, sorry – but has anybody else had long delays from those folks? How about delivery of product?

I really admire what they do.

Green Mountain’s “Barrier Free Shower” photo on houzz.com was added to 10,000 idea books as of last Tuesday.

About Brooklyn April 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

Is the Forum Working?

NO activity at all yesterday; is something wrong?

Garden April 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Electric lawnmower for sale

Brand new, still in box. (I ordered it last year and then got given one by a neighbor.) Cost $149. Asking $100.
A friend has the same model and it works great.
Please email sosorted at gmail dot com
Thanks

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Garden April 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

What's the best plants for an indoor garden?

I have been thinking about starting a garden inside for a bit now. I was wondering though, what would be the best plants, as in vegetables or herbs, that a first timer like myself would start with? Any tips would be helpful.

About Brooklyn April 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm

need replacement pickets for a fence… anywhere deliver?

A bunch (perhaps 2-3 doz?) of 72″H gothic-top pickets are missing or broken on our back yard fence… Home Despot sells them, but only in NJ and only in-store (no delivery).

I’m in the bronx and don’t have a car, so I was wondering if anyone knew of any other options. Thanks!

About Brooklyn April 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Ants!

Is anyone else having massive influxes of ants? A neighbor of mine has gazillions coming in the backdoor. We’ve put out bait traps but there are still so many ants you can barely see the floor in places. First time in 20 years this has happened.

About Brooklyn April 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

Gold Leaf Lettering.

Hello,

I found one reference for an artist for real gold leaf lettering I’m looking to get done on some brownstone front doors on the glass transom. I was wondering if anyone else has any leads?

Thanks

Brownstone Renovation April 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

Steam Heat vs. hot water heating

We will soon start renovating a 2 family and will also have to update the heating system. The boiler is now running on steam but I noticed that it can be converted to hot water (it’s a pretty new boiler). Is it worth changing the system to hot water? Which of the two systems is more efficient and any idea how much it would cost to convert to hot water?

Heating and Air Conditioning April 14, 2014 at 12:02 am

HVAC Recommendation

We are renovating a two-unit row home with forced air. The ducts need major work and we desperately want to increase the efficiency of the system. We are looking for an HVAC installer that can work sizing the system appropriately along with increased insulation to create a more comfortable and energy efficient living environment. We need to renovate the whole property and have been told a gut renovation is the way to go since all the systems need updating.

I love the idea of a Passive House but the time and money is out of our reach. I would like to tighten things up as much as possible. Any recommendations for HVAC companies in the Ridgewood area would be very much appreciated.

Interior Decorators and Designers April 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Staging

I have an empty condo that I am planning to sell and need someone to stage it. Does anyone have a recommendation for a staging company? I would need modern furniture to match the style of the apartment

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General Contractor – JC Martin Renovations & Carlos Flooring

We closed on a Co-op in Sunset Park and needed to have some light work done in the apartment, but a…
Replied on April 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

looking for an interior designer

Hi, We are looking for an interior designer/decorator who has experience working with salvaged mate…
Replied on April 20, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Our neighbor throws food waste in their backyard

Talk to your neighbor! Say something like ” Yo dude, you can’t be throwing trash out yo…
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Our neighbor throws food waste in their backyard

sounds like squirrel or bird food, although the pizza is quite a generous offering. You could sugg…
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Our neighbor throws food waste in their backyard

Never seen chicken carcasses. I’ve seen bread and now pepperoni pizza.
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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

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Our neighbor throws food waste in their backyard

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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

Yeah, my hundred year old pine subfloor was more damaged in my galley kitchen already when I moved …
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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

Have been reading house blogs about people who use a sheet of rubber flooring, often one called coi…
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Please HELP get me in touch with Stanley Lewis Plumbing ASAP!!

Calling off the dogs. They got in touch with me at 10:57. I’ll write a post about this episod…
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Please HELP get me in touch with Stanley Lewis Plumbing ASAP!!

Based on recs in Brownstoner, yday I had Stanley Lewis Plumbing do some small plumbing repair. I t…
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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

Consider an Ikea laminate floor with floor liner. We have it in a rental kitchen after parquet dama…
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American Restoration Tile

ART does not make cement tile, which is also porous, and I haven’t tested the CDJ product, ye…
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Seeking simple, reversible, temporary kitchen floor covering

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