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I have some small jobs that need done:
1) Install range hood, 2) install kitchen sink drain, 3) repair small leak in roof.
Does anyone know a decent person who can do these things?
i never thought i would be This Person, but we are in the process— the long, slow, frustrating, exciting, nail-biting process — of buying an old Brooklyn limestone. It needs a fair amount of work, though it’s pretty mechanically and structurally sound. Our main issues are:
1. window replacement
2. building a deck and stairs on top of the garden (rental apt) extension, so we can access the yard from the duplex
3. fixing a patch of subflooring in the rental then putting down plain oak floor boards in two small rooms.
4. getting some sort of security system installed, doesnt need to be fancy or hardwired
5. converting from oil to gas (my understanding from obsessively poring over brownstoner forums is that it’s better to use an outside person rather than national grid’s direct services, though i’m hoping there’s an opportunity for rebate)
eventually, we will update the 2 duplex baths and a kitchen, but we want to focus on the above, esp 1 -3, first.
we plan to refinish the floors and paint ourselves, as well as doing some of our own demolitions.
can anyone recommend a great general contractor who can do all of this (except 4, which I assume we will do through a security company)? the deck has to have an engineer’s plans filed through DOB, and we want to roll all the work, including future kitchen/bath, into one permit, **IF** that is the logical inexpensive move. thoughts? recommendations? WARNINGS?! i am bracing myself for the cost… (we already have one estimate and it’s not as bad as i’d feared)
I noticed a crane doing some digging this morning on the empty lot on Prospect and 4th. Anyone know what they’re doing?
We bought a frame house in the South Slope. It’s renovated but we’d like to do an extension and would love recommendations for architects who have done extensions specifically on frame houses. Does anyone know if it is true that the DOB has more stringent rules for adding on to a frame house than to a brick house?
I live in a pre-war coop. We have three mature maples behind the building that survived Sandy and Irene and are in great shape. The board wants to redo the cement work around the back of the building so that water drains away from the walls. The first contractor consulted wants to chop down the trees, which are about 15 feet away from the nearest wall. The building wants to keep the trees if possible. I also think that the contractor should provide us with drawings prior to our agreeing to the work so that we can see exactly what we are paying for and how it will look when finished. Does anyone have experience with this type of situation? We would really like to save the trees if possible.
We recently purchased a condo in a pre war building (in brooklyn) and are looking to renovate. I know there are already quite a few threads on here asking for recommendations for general contractors, but apart from a gut renovation of the kitchen and bath, we are also looking to raise the ceiling height in our living room. We have sprinklers installed so it will entail raising the sprinklers and potentially some pipes as well. Does anyone have recommendations for contractors who have experience with a similar project? The apartment is roughly 1350sqft and we will also be replacing windows, moving some walls, buffing and staining the floors and redoing electrical. The AC ducts will also need to be adjusted as the ceiling height is being increased.
Thank you all in advance!
Our building is considering using these folks for some facade work and we can’t seem to find any reviews online for them. Does anyone have anything to say for them, good or bad?
We wrapping up our renovation of a 3-story home in Crown Heights. At the end of the job , we made a few changes to the plans and got a post approval amendment approved through our architect.
Our general contractor for the project has pretty much disappeared and closed his company. So we need a new contractor who can renew the permit so that we can close out the job. There is not really any work to do, since the plan changes were all completed before. Thanks!
I would like to install a range hood that vents outside. The building is a four-floor walk-up, without an air shaft in the middle. The stove is against the party wall, roughly fifteen feet from the back of the building. I would like to run a duct vertically into the drop ceiling, turn 90 degrees, and then run straight out the back. Does anybody have advice on the ins and outs of ventilation or have a recommendation of someone with this type of expertise? Thanks.
We are at the last 10% of our contract for a very stressful renovation. We have been mostly unhappy with their work throughout the process and midway through made them fire the subcontractor they hired. We believe we had the basis to fire them but were afraid of the delays it would cause getting a new contractor.
We have paid all of our bills on time and even went out of our way on one occasion to get them a bank check so they could make payroll. Then they had the nerve to say if we had not done that they would not have showed up the following Monday.
At the beginning of the job they projected it would take 5 months. We are at our year anniversary and they have not been here for over a month because allegedly they were waiting to get all the materials to finish the job. They still need to complete a significant amount of work (back deck and stairs) and they hit us with another invoice. If we are at the remaining 10% do we have to pay anymore until they are done? We are aware that these are some bad guys but we just want the job done and since we have to do a C of O we can’t just fire them and be done with it because it would cost us more to complete the work than what we owe them at this point.
They refuse to come back on the job until they receive a check. Do we have any recourse?
I know this is quite a complicated process with the DOB, but wondering how much roughly it would cost to add a 4th flr onto the existing roof a 3 stry brownstone 20 x50. Someone posted 250/sf but this was 5 yrs ago. Anyone with more recent experience? The place already needs a gut renovation so we will hire architects in any case. Just don’t know if the cost is prohibitively expensive to add to the frame of the house itself and have an engineer assess if the structure can bare the extra weight. Concrete numbers and advice would be greatly appreciated!!
You may have been watching me agonize about choosing a windows contractor in these forums lo these many months. I finally went with Andrew Ferris. He’s got a lot of great reviews, and none of the horror stories. We got Marvins, and his price was better than fair for these high end jobs. Really he’s been spectacular to work with: super prompt, super clean, super skilled. The biggest struggle, I find, with all contractors is getting clear communication. He’s been sharp, experienced, and creative where necessary. The install went great. He’s also done first class work on the building exterior, and on the heating. A happy ending to our window hunt at long last. He’s as good as they say.
Wondering if anyone has ever used a renovation coach and, if so, what the experience was like…would you do it again? What were the costs associated with this service? I think the idea of a percentage-based compensation model would be a turn-off for obvious reasons.
Trying to save $ on our next big push reno and there are certain aspects that we are capable of overseeing ourselves but a couple of things we would want an experienced professional to handle.
Location is in the basement of a brownstone. Just want a vague sense of what it costs to remove – properly and to code.
I’m not happy with our contractor but not sure whether to give up on him or work it through. This is a kitchen/deck+stairs+patio/window-door conversion job and the deck is up and kitchen walls are closed but the patio isn’t built, deck isn’t painted and window isn’t converted. The deck is fantastic but a sub we hired directly built it and I knew it would be good. I’m very unhappy with our general contractor because he told us he could keep the kitchen wall depth a certain depth and isn’t delivering, so the cabinets and stove will be in the aisle basically, and in the way of the door we will be creating. He originally said he didn’t need to build out the wall by the stove+dishwasher near the door and now the wall is 3 inches deep or more and he used 5/8″ sheetrock throughout – is this needed for a kitchen job? I have no idea- He isn’t communicating well with us and is making what I consider mistakes in the process. Like kitchen wall depth for example. And laundry area depth – turns out he built a laundry area for a non-full size stackable despite that I told him all along I would be buying a full size, not compact. Does this mean he doesn’t know what full size washers measure at?
Also, when changes come up he charges us extra but when we cut corners he doesn’t credit us. We can’t afford the renovation under those circumstances and won’t be able to afford cabinets or countertops until after a temp kitchen is in and we bring in a tenant and maybe get a heloc, anyway.
He hasn’t ordered pavers yet or painted the deck and I’ve lost confidence in him. We signed a contract and the scope included a patio and painting the deck. When I look at the price for the terrace and painting the deck, I realize that not having this guy I’ve lost confidence in do it, could make or break our being able to afford to finish our kitchen. I really wanted this bluestone paver terrace but is $5500 for that for a tiny backyard overpriced? Does painting a small deck and stairs with weatherproofing paint really cost $3700 or so? Can I pull that part of the job from him before he orders pavers and/or buys paint for the deck? It seems overpriced and I was willing to play along when I trusted he would do a good job. Now I don’t.
Thoughts? I’d welcome any feedback. I’m a newbie to bigger contracting jobs and based on this I want to stick with my mostly awesome time and materials guy from hereon in. I have no idea if this is all par for the course. I don’t think my contractor is a bad guy or dishonest but I do feel overcharged and like he might be prioritizing a different job.