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Roofers August 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

must-use painter & floor guys

I am no shill–I’ve been searching for painters and floor guys for ages. and now that they are finished w our place, I’m paying it forward bc I am soooooo happy w the results in both cases.

Jose Zambrano I found thru searching Brownstoner forums and he is AMAZING–stripped our super-basic boring red oak floors down from a grotesquely cheap stain and finish in just a couple days. excellent price–was not rock bottom but was close to it, and still half what 2 other guys quoted me. he also happens to be seriously sweet and friendly. 917-355-7977

And we used Anthony Tedeschi for the paintings. I think I found him on yelp but he’s a popular Brooklyn guy. all the same stuff applied–super reasonable price, very friendly.

and both guys came to give in person estimates (none of that “oh it’ll be 5 gabillion, sight unseen”) then started the work as soon as I needed them to.

I may have painted last in hindsight to avoid sawdust cleanup, but on the other hand maybe the floors would have gotten scuffed if id done in reverse. anyway, that’s my 2 cents, I really can’t speak more highly of either.

About Brooklyn August 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Brooklyn Kittens for adoption

3 adorable, 9 month-old tabbies for adoption (2 girls and 1 boy). Fully vetted, shots, Feline HIV negative. Born June 15, weaned and litter-box trained. Very sweet and playful, comfortable with young children. We have a Brownstone and can vouch that cats are your best pest-control asset! Available now. Call Cecile at 917-386-5186 or email paloma11238@gmail.com for more info.

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For Sale August 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

FS: Room and Board Custom Wall Unit

From the Room and Board Woodwind line, these are 3 separate pieces – each 72″ tall. Center piece (39″ wide) can hold a flat screen tv, side pieces (35″) are great for bookshelves.

Unit is 5 years old and in great condition. Must be picked up from Ditmas Park (1st floor)

$200 obo

email annwald at gmail.com

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Facade and Brownstone Repair August 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Cornice: Wood or fiberglass?

We’re looking at estimates to renovate our brownstone facade (in Cobble Hill). One of the line items is for a new cornice. (Ours was gone before we bought the home, so restoration is not an option.) Seems like fiberglass is much less expensive than wood — can anyone really tell the difference between the two once they’re painted? Also, how do they hold up over time relative to one another? Any thoughts greatly appreciated!

Brownstone Renovation August 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

203K Contractor

Hi Folks,
Can anyone recommend a 203K Contractor for a small renovation? It will likely be between $30,000 and $50,000. Most of the good contractors I’ve found are only interested in the larger projects. Eventually we’ll have a larger project, so hopefully we’ll have a good relationship with the contractor and can complete additional work in the future.

I appreciate your recommendations!

For Sale August 21, 2014 at 1:04 am

Mid Century Dining table – $299

Mid century dining table with matching chairs. Great condition. Located in Ridgewood. Call to schedule an appointment for a viewing.

Jason
917-881-9980

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For Sale August 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

Gorgeous Mid Century Vintage Couches – $275

Gorgeous mid century vintage couches, one is straight and the other is curved, both with beautiful tufted backs. Fabric is in amazing condition.

299 obo for straight piece
275 obo for curved piece

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Brownstone Renovation August 21, 2014 at 12:07 am

Stainless Steel, vs. Traditional Colored Appliances and possible microwaves

We are planning a renovation of our brownstone.

We are thinking about the refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and microwaves. Can we use traditional colored appliances instead of stainless steel? Will it really make a difference to tenants? Should we always provide a microwave in addition to the stove and refrigerator? Should we always provide a dishwasher?

Thanks for your input.

About Brooklyn August 20, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Tiger Mosquitoes – any tips?

Less people are out in the backyard than last winter when it was 5 degrees.
The reason are probably Tiger Mosquitoes which are super aggressive all day.
I didn´t spot any standing water around. I´d zap all night long but there is too much collateral damage. $400 vacuum traps, fans …. what´s your trick?

About Brooklyn August 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Parking for the Week

We live in South Slope and will be going away for a week that has no days on which alternate side parking is suspended. We have exhausted our usual options for dealing with the car. We know we can always drive to the airport and use long-term parking. However, is anyone aware of a relatively inexpensive garage or lot in the area, perhaps Sunset Park or along 3rd Ave that will take a car for a week?

DOB August 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Certificate of Occupancy violation

We live in an apartment building and are considering opening a psychiatrist’s office in one of the units (would really cut our commute time!). The building’s CO is purely residential, however, and is on a residential street. We would use the unit only for the office, and live in a separate unit in the building.

I’ve heard of CO violations with illegal apartments, but not with businesses in otherwise residential buildings. Usually with an illegal apartment, if the DOB finds out and issues a violation, the remedy is to remove the kitchen/bath and convert the space back to a non-apartment use. We’re not planning on ripping out the kitchen/bath in this unit, so technically it would still be a legal apartment — we’d just be running a business out of it.

What are the potential consequences we could be facing if we get “caught”?

Brownstone Renovation August 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

serious Air Quality problems

Hi friends,

  • I am a tenant in a street-facing Brownstone apartment. I’ve lived here for two years, and have often had trouble sleeping — I often wake up feeling hungover or like I’ve had bad airplane coffee. Lately I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (first health problem I’ve ever had — very healthy 29 y/o male athlete), and my doctor actually thinks it could be being caused by my environment. Other people (like contractors, etc) also notice a weird smell and stuffiness in the apartment, but I seem to be the most sensitive to it.
  • Lucky for me, the landlord’s daughters are moving into the building, so they are very motivated to take care of the problem. I would SO SO SO appreciate any advice or referrals about really thorough air quality inspections. I’m really having trouble finding something trustworthy. I want to find someone who is truly thoughtful — who doesn’t think that a certain pesticide or product is ok just because the FDA hasn’t shut it down (yet). Like, if there was a “certified organic” version of a home inspector, that’s what I want. Money is not an issue.
  • Here are some of the things I would want inspected:
  1. Heating system: It smells bad and I feel especially terrible when the system is on during the winter.
  2. External pollution: Among other things, there are a couple big aparments outside releasing lots of exhaust. Plus an apartment to the side of us is doing complete renovation. Don’t know if this could be causing something.
  3. Plumbing: The super regularly pours draino and pesticides down our outdoor drain bc we have a bug problem near our stoop.
  4. Pipes: They are 100 years old.
  5. Internal Construction: The main apartment is being renovated and there’s all kinds of off-gassing going on — carpets, paints, glues, installations…
  6. Other issues(?): Mold? Radon? VOC’s? Based on how this place makes me feel, I wouldn’t rule anything out…

THANKS SO MUCH FOR ANY HELP AND ADVICE!

Roofers August 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

Solar Panels on Non-Landmarked Townhouse

Has anyone done a renovation and opted for or researched putting solar panels on the roof? Was considering it but was told that install can be very costly and adds additional time in getting permits.

Masonry August 19, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Honest, quality mason! ( Jack of all trades)

I want to give an enthusiastic review to Anthony of A & A Innovative.
I got his name here several years ago, and he did some work on my front and back patio. The work he did was excellent, on time and on budget.
Today he was scheduled to do a major and expensive foundation waterproofing, due to a persistently damp basement. He came over to indirect the basement – spent over an hour with me, and decided that we could try a much less expensive procedure first.

He is thoughtful, and honest. With real integrity.
Not so common.
His specialty is masonry of all kinds, but he can also do decks, doors, windows, iron work, and general carpentry.
Just no extensive plumbing or electric.
Anthony (347) 307-4725
anthoknee_ny@yahoo.com
His assistant’s name is Joanna.

Flooring August 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Restoring Floor Tiles

The red brick tiles in the hallway of my apartment building were once stained or sealed, and now look terrible where it has worn off in patches. Can any one advise how best to remove the sealant? I’m sure there are products available that will do this but I’m not sure which would be best
Thank you.

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Replied on August 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Parking for the Week

Assuming you find a spot where there is only 1 day of alternate side for the week, just be aware th…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Restoring Floor Tiles

It looks like it maybe old wax? Try a good wax remover.
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Certificate of Occupancy violation

It will depend on your Condo Board. As most do not have the funds for all the petty rules many owne…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Stainless Steel, vs. Traditional Colored Appliances and possible microwaves

It all depends on what the local competition has. Microwaves; I never include. Dishwashers yes, if …
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

must-use painter & floor guys

I am no shill–I’ve been searching for painters and floor guys for ages. and now that th…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

203K Contractor

Hi- Congrats on the house buying. I’m on the tail end of a 203K project with a limited budget…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Brooklyn Kittens for adoption

Please try and do this though a real rescue. I have seen many horror stories of pets given away. …
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Reviews of Armighini Architectural?

Never heard of them, but keep in mind “Architectural” does not equal “Architect&#…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Brooklyn Kittens for adoption

The kittens in the photo look more like 9 weeks, not 9 months. A 9 month-old cat pretty much looks …
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

serious Air Quality problems

I had a friend who had years of awful gastrointestinal problems, which kept medically escalating be…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Restoring Floor Tiles

Don’t discount the power of water and an abrasive. Start with a bucket of hot water and try o…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Brooklyn Kittens for adoption

3 adorable, 9 month-old tabbies for adoption (2 girls and 1 boy). Fully vetted, shots, Feline HIV n…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

FS: Room and Board Custom Wall Unit

From the Room and Board Woodwind line, these are 3 separate pieces – each 72″ tall. Cen…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Cornice: Wood or fiberglass?

We’re looking at estimates to renovate our brownstone facade (in Cobble Hill). One of the lin…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

Solar Panels on Non-Landmarked Townhouse

Hi I am an architect I did a house in Riverdale with solar panels recently. It is costly but you ha…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 10:51 am

Any drawbacks from putting Washer and Dryer on top floor?

our tenants who live above us have a washer dryer in their third floor unit. It’s one of thos…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

Master plasterer reco

Also, we are happy to walk you through the work he’s done. I’m showing someone else ton…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

Master plasterer reco

Hi Cate, His painting is wonderful since he’s an absolute perfectionist and he works with his…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

Tiger Mosquitoes – any tips?

We use OFF lanterns and they work very well for about 3-4 hours– we use them every 20 feet or…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

Stainless Steel, vs. Traditional Colored Appliances and possible microwaves

I don’t have an opinion about stainless vs. colors but I know I get more enthusiasm about ren…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

203K Contractor

Hi Folks, Can anyone recommend a 203K Contractor for a small renovation? It will likely be between…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

Tiger Mosquitoes – any tips?

Have you read my most excellent list of tips already? http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2014/07/the-d…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

serious Air Quality problems

Another potential thing to check is toxic drywall. Between 2005 and 2008, some houses were remodel…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 8:16 am

Seeking Attorney recommendation for Homeowners vs. Contractor

Lenm, Quality Contracting was recommended to us by a contractor/owner referral website. I googled t…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 2:36 am

Cleaners?

I think you should post this job in job posting sites where many people register themselves and if …
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 1:04 am

Mid Century Dining table – $299

Mid century dining table with matching chairs. Great condition. Located in Ridgewood. Call to sched…
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

Gorgeous Mid Century Vintage Couches – $275

Gorgeous mid century vintage couches, one is straight and the other is curved, both with beautiful …
Replied on August 21, 2014 at 12:07 am

Stainless Steel, vs. Traditional Colored Appliances and possible microwaves

We are planning a renovation of our brownstone. We are thinking about the refrigerators, stoves, di…

 

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