The first thing we did was strip the many layers of peeling paint off the iron railing, using a blowtorch and a lot of patience.
Turning a damp scary head-knocking cellar space into a useful area can mean increasing ceiling height, reducing moisture and finishing the space.
All the fireplaces and mantels were removed from our house long ago, and we knew from the beginning that one day we wanted to restore at least one of them.
Changing all of the pipes in your home may not solve the problem if the water main coming in from the city’s line is also lead.
Some of the most iconic features of historic brownstones are the front stoop, iron railing and newel posts.
Whether you want to do your part to lower your carbon footprint or maybe just keep the energy expenses in check, there are lots of eco-friendly options to consider when renovating.
Restoring a historic home is full of surprises! Some are welcomed, like the pocket doors we discovered sealed up in the wall or the 1906 Brooklyn newspaper we found under a bathroom.
Our new mini split system is working so well to cool our home now that summer's here, we're considering using its heat pump to heat our home in winter without any additional heat source.
We remember walking through several brownstones in the search for our perfect home and finding interesting ornate niches built into the staircase.
We have spent morning, day and night in the backyard ever since we finished.