Thursday, October 30, 2008

painting the fourth floor

painting has come to represent the near-end of any given project. notice the smiles. everybody is happy to be at this point. and the apartment is really starting to feel good, and come together.
this is the new wall, with one of the two french doors hung. you can't see it very well, but on the left side of the picture you can make out a
frosted window we hung, to let a little more light in from the bedroom window to the rest of the apartment.
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fireplace discovery and cool light.

so, while replacing/tearing out the old baseboard, i accidentally broke the cover that someone had fashioned before we came along. after some on the spot deciding, the fisher's decided to go ahead an uncover it. it's pretty neat, and has potential to become a nice feature with a little tlc.

and here's the new dining light the fisher's installed above their table.
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4th floor mayhem

we just came through a big push on the fourth floor. here's some pics that capture the general feeling of those weeks. most of the fisher's apartment was piled in their kitchen area so we could refinish some parts of the floor that hadn't been done earlier.
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cindy caught drinking paint.

it's the ones you least expect.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

installing the fourth floor kitchen floor

not really pics of the process, but more of the finished floor. it really came out nice, and looks like it's been there for years. fits right in.

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work wound

thabo used his eye to pry some nails out of an old board. this is what happened.
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first blue crabs cooked in our apartment

in some ways, this is what it's all about. blue crabs from brooklyn chinatown, cooked up by our friend jonny. you may remember him from earlier posts where he was caught painting our front door a controversial color.
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tearing out the fourth floor bedroom wall

i've decided not to comment on the ridiculous amount of time that's passed since i last posted to this blog, in the hopes that it's gone unnoticed. here's some pics of the 3rd floor bedroom wall coming down. we took it out after we took the closet out, to make room for a new wall. the new wall will (does) allow for a larger bedroom and french doors. dust, dust, dust. yes, that's the fisher's bed under the plastic sheet.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

tearing out the closet

fourth floor closet being torn out. we did this in one night, and it really felt like the four of us were a well-oiled machine. we quickly took down the plaster and lathe, cut the studs out, bundled and bagged everything, and started a fire line down the stairs to get rid of the trash. i don't know if it's getting easier, but we certainly know our way around demolition in this house at this point...

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preparing to tear some stuff up on the fourth floor

thabo and melissa are jumping into final renovations on their apartment, and here we are covering their stuff up and preparing to demo a closet and wall. the bottom pic shows the closet on the right side of the picture. it will soon no longer exist.

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crown moulding

putting some of that crown moulding up (with the help of my dad's borrowed nail gun). i look happy in the bottom pic, but i'm pretty sure that's delerium from making so many wrong angled cuts...

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trim in the third floor apartment

here's what the apartment looks like without crown moulding, but with pretty much everything else finished.

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3rd floor trim and shelf

putting up crown moulding in the third floor apartment. it's amazing what touch-up paint and caulk can do at this stage; they can really make things look finished. in the pic is a shelf we hung in the kitchen, too.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

some thoughts on the project.

no pics this time, just a quick post to say that life is moving forward at ourbrooklynhome. we're in kind of a transition phase, i think. we're all still settling in/getting used to having our own apartments, and cindy and i are setting up house for the first time ever by ourselves (this place was our second communal home since being married). the third floor apartment is 99% complete, and i will post pictures of it soon to prove it. it feels very nice, we love it. this weekend we ordered take out and watched a movie in our living felt so normal and special and celebratory to be doing something like that in our own clean space!

spending the last month or so working on our own apartment has been an interesting experience. i feel really lucky that we got to design our own space, and pick out furniture and fixtures, etc., that we picked because we like them, they represent some expression of our personalities. at the same time, i've felt sort of overloaded by spending time and attention on material things; especially when outfitting the apartment with chairs, curtains, etc. i realized i've never spent this much time or energy on thinking about my shelter/housing before, at least not all at once the way we have over the past few months. i think a lot of this has to do with feeling shell-shocked from multiple trips to ikea. those of you who have been there, you know the exhaustion that no amount of cheap swedish meatballs can assuage. still, thumbs up for ikea.

we're gearing up for some demo work on the fourth floor in august. more on that as it develops. i'm recommitting to posting more frequently too.

Monday, July 14, 2008

new countertop

we installed butcher-block counter top in the third floor. we likey.
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4th floor tub

before i forget; we rented the duplex out! june 15th came and we successfully have renters in place. another reason why we've relaxed a bit.

but, not before we tackled the 4th floor tub. as you can see in the pics, the tub was in REALLY BAD CONDITION. yes, this was the tub our previous renters used. no, they never complained. and if anyone has been following this blog for a looong time, this is the same tub we tried to re-porceanalize. it didn't work at all. frankly, it was a bloody mess. so, we took it out and replaced it. of course, once we took the tub out, we found some gross pipes full of hair and gook, and a couple or disentegrated pipes.

no pics, here, but we did successfully install a new tub and retiled the area around the tub.

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