Interiors & Renovation

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One of the remaining tasks in our renovation is to put on all the old doorknobs we have bought on eBay over the past year. Getting them to fit the existing door plates is proving tricky so we’re probably going to have to visit Moon River Chattel this weekend to find ones that work. For those interested in this kind of stuff, the Personal Shopper column in yesterday’s House & Garden section of The Times took a look at vintage hardware and, more importantly, cited some good sources. The slideshow is quite enjoyable.
Personal Shopper: Vintage Hardware [NY Times]

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We’ve been living with half-open boxes of clothes scattered across our bedroom floor for the past two weeks and will be very psyched when the walk-in closet is open for business tomorrow. After looking at the off-the-shelf alternatives, we opted to have our GC build a custom one out of plywood. Granted he did it at cost as a favor, but we’re pretty sure we came out ahead. Ikea would have cost somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000 while the Container Store or California Closets would have been double that. We did, however, incorporate some of the wire baskets from these of-the-shelf systems into our design–they’re great for smaller items of clothing.
Walk-in Closet Almost Done [Renovation Blog]

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We had to replace two skylights (and ended up removing/covering a third that was over a closet). We don’t love the aluminum look of the skylight frame, though given the size it’s not too noticeable from below. A friend of ours recently put in a skylight that’s 9-feet long and was disappointed to find it made of a similar material. Are there skylight manufacturers out there that use a heavier-duty material like iron?
Skylight from Above [Renovation Blog]

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We enjoyed the article in yesterday’s House & Home section about the renovation of an advertising exective’s loft in Williamsburg. The article emphasized the reuse of existing building materials–for example, cutting up and stacking wallboard to create an entryway partition. Though we were more focused on using materials salvaged from other sites, we did some reusing ourselves in our renovation. In particular, when we demo’d the closets on the second floor (which we opened up to create a loft-like entertainment space), we used the moldings from the doors to create an archway around the center space. From the looks of it, the Williamsburg loft turned out very nicely, especially since the total budget on the renovation was under $50,000.
W’burg Reno Based on Reuse [NY Times]

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“I can’t believe my neighbors are getting rid of these!” writes in a reader from work in the financial district. If antique radiators are your bag (these are from a 19th century landmarked skyscraper), you’ll want to hustle over to the Potter Building on Nassau between Beekman and Spruce in Lower Manhattan posthaste. Thanks, Anna!

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We just got an email from a guy looking to unload two cast iron tubs for the practically-free price of $25 each. One is 4’7″ and the other is 5′. They may not be long, but they are a tad on the heavy side. They are currently in the back yard and can easily be moved out through a side exit…a straight shot to your vehicle. But be quick, people! The a message has been left with–but not returned by–the salvage yard. First come, first served. So bring a strong friend (or three). Contact: David Bandler at 917-363-5941.