Interiors & Renovation


The company originally contracted to sandblast the lead paint from the Williamsburg bridge back in the early 1990s received a $20 million payment from the City this week. After residents of the Lower East Side and Brooklyn sued the city over the paint chips and clouds of paint dust wafting over their neighborhoods over a decage ago, the City made the contractor switch from sandblasting to a much slower (and hence more expensive) hands-on technique to remove the paint. We have heard through the grapevine of two children in the Burg who’ve had moderate levels of lead paint detected in the past week–there was also some discussion on the Reno Blog recently about the issue. Since we’ve been living in Williamsburg for the past couple of years and are about to move into an old house that has had its share of lead paint glopped on over the years, it’s of particular interest to us as well. Can anyone direct readers to a good description of the risks and practical preventative steps homeowners and renters can take?
W’Burg Bridge Shock [NYPost]
Glass Panel Door [Brownstoner Renovations]


It may look like there’s incontrovertible evidence that we’re exhibitionists, but really we’re just obsessed with getting as much natural light into our master bathroom. Last weekend, we picked up this old glass paneled door that came out of a house on Vanderbilt Avenue. The price? 20 bucks. Except for the peeling paint, it’s in quite solid shape and should clean up nicely as the door for our master bathroom. That and the completed parquet floor in the music room on the Reno Blog.
Glass Panel Door [Renovation Blog]


We have to say we weren’t expecting such a serious piece of architectural salvage to pop up so early in the game, but we’ll chalk it up to beginner’s luck. This entire wall/room divider is coming out of an 1899 house in Carroll Gardens because the owner’s doing a big reno and, lovely as it is, the piece doesn’t fit into the new plans. Her loss is your gain. Contact info on in the Forum. If anyone can comment on the architectural significance of the piece, we’d surely appreciate it.
Fancy Wall [Brownstoner Forum]


Here’s a photo of one of the doors for sale or trade in today’s Forum. We’ve got another great salvage piece coming your way tomorrow as well. We’d love it if we could get a decent flow of architectural salvage going on Brownstoner. In fact, if we get a few more submissions over the next week or so, we’ll consider creating a new section devoted just to salvage. Wouldn’t that be fun?
4 Original Doors [Brownstoner Forum]


Evidently, toilet technology is improving all the time, but certain laws of physics continue to govern the process:

Flushing toilets is all about physics and stored potential energy. The water that is at rest in the tank just before the flush has the ability to do work because of its weight and the pull of gravity once the flush handle is activated. For the flush to be complete, this water needs to enter the bowl as rapidly as possible and encounter as little friction as possible as it leaves the bowl on its way to the drain. You can buy toilets that have enormous three and one-quarter inch flush valve openings at the bottom of the tank. These same toilets have fully-glazed trapways so the water and waste slips through the toilet with minimal friction.

Toilets Just Keep Getting Better [Ask the Builder via Apartment Therapy]


We wanted to make sure that everyone saw this fireplace that is being offered on Craigslist for $1,000. The scavengers at Apartment Therapy highlighted it yesterday, so we don’t know if it’s still available, but $1,000 is about a good a price as you find for this type of thing. If this one’s gone, Build It Green may still have one left for
the same price.
Antique Fireplace Mantel [Craigslist]
Scavenger [Apartment Therapy]
Two Marble Fireplaces for Sale at BIG [Brownstoner]


We’ve been keeping an eye out for a lamp post that would work in our front yard, but have yet to come across one at any of the local architectural salvage spots we frequent. To better define what would be appropriate, we photographed several within a block of our house. Another option that has surfaced is using an old newel as the post and attaching a lantern to the top of it. Does anyone know if you need Landmarks approval to put one of these in?