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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.

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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.

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Construction is dragging along slowly thanks to the DOB inspection schedule, so today the Astoria Renovation Blog shares with us their amazing rethinking of the rear facade. The totally generic back of the house looked like any typical New York row house, even though the front had cute Tudor details. Inspired by the early 20th century Tudors in Forest Hills, Queens, they and their architect designed an amazing rear facade with sunrooms, porches, tiny-paned windows, and a strong connection to the garden (right). It gives the front a run for its money. Click here to see the before shot and all the details.