Kitchen Floor Band Aid

Our 1895-ish brownstone was originally designed as a 2-family house.  The rental apartment was on the top floor, with an owner’s duplex occupying the garden and parlor floors. But you knew that already. This arrangement has always seemed weird to me, because it means that the most ornate floor of the house, the parlor with […]

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Fun with cement

File this under “things only people who own old houses know and/or care about:” Brick re-pointing (or tuck pointing). The rest of the world is oblivious, just going about their lives doing things like meeting friends for dinner, or going out of town for the weekend. You know, those people who have a life – […]

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A (very long) post about drainage

Water will do what water wants to do. Water is a formidable adversary. Water seems to like our basement. Yes. We have issues with water. After a good rain, our backyard used to look like this: If you are familiar with Brooklyn brownstones, you know that they were typically built over a stone cellar. You […]

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Black Doors

Things have been a bit sluggish over the past few months, but a few projects did get crossed off the list. First up: front doors. The doors are not original, but they are close enough. The previous owner installed these and overall, we’re really happy with them. They are a close match to what the original […]

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