Interiors & Renovation

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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.

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I was walking by the Foley Square Courthouse on Worth St. and it looks like they are throwing away some office furniture. Of note were some cool looking file cabinets that almost had a mid-C modern look. There were two of them and each one consisted of three columns of four drawers so all together it would make a great wall. Hope someone scoops these up. Just east of the Foley Sq. Court house on Worth Street where Baxter hits it-off the alley.

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A reader writes in: I bought a great old house in BedStuy and it had a Chambers Stove, ca. 1948, white enamel. I believe it is an “A” model (no timer, close down lid). It’s in working condition with a small rust spot on lip of top lid and in need of cleaning. I am looking for a home for it. It is in a ground floor apartment. I would like to get $500 for it. Cash and carry only (this stove is heavy). Call Ken 718-625-5671.