Category Archives: Home Renovation

Daily Prompt: Gimme

Was there a special gift or toy you wanted as a child but never received? What was it? Daily Prompt

I’m sure a toy or two escaped my eager hands as a child…that was a long time ago, though, and I’ve moved on. There are toys I’d like to have now that are more pressing, and I don’t intend to let those slip through my fingers.

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Something Died in the Walls…

In my case, it was a mouse. I discovered the dead mouse lying there, within the wall structure, waiting to be taken to the rodent cemetary for a decent burial. He had been there long enough so I deduced that haste was no longer important to him. It was for me, because I didn’t want him lying around any longer, so I simply turned on the Wet/Dry Vac and whisked him away.

Something Died in the Walls

Choosing a Color Palette for the Hallway

A Pleasing Color Palette for the Vestibule

I finally settled on a color palette for the hallway—I can celebrate! This means, in short, that the hallway will be liberated from the garish mustard and ketchup color scheme that existed there for too many years. I opted for bright, airy colors that will open up the space and emphasize the height of the ceilings. This will give the illusion of a larger and fresher vestibule and hallway, in stark contrast to the harsh and heavy colors that exist now.

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How We Moved the Vestibule Lighting

How We Moved the Vestibule Lighting

Moving the sconce from its dubious position in the vestibule was simpler than I imagined it would be: the electrician completed the removal, rewiring, and installation in half an hour or less. There was a few pieces of drywall scraps and powder, so I used the Wet/Dry Vac to tidy up and began mudding and taping when he left.

Here’s a photo story with rudimentary commentary.

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Planning the Vestibule Renovation

The best way to conquer the hallway renovation project is to attack it in stages. There are several areas that must be addressed, including the vestibule, the hallway, the stairs, the floors, the lighting, and the color palette. Each of these can be considered a stage where I focus on that item alone, taking a modular approach where I finish one aspect before moving on to the next logical aspect.

I’ve decided to tackle the vestibule renovation first because it will give me immediate satisfaction and motivate me to tackle the rest of the renovation project. Frankly, the vestibule appears to be the easiest part of this project and it would be ideal if I finished it before winter arrives (working in the winter would make mudding, taping, and painting especially difficult).

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Prospering in a Down Economy

Prospering in a Down Economy

Brooklyn homeowners facing foreclosure (and other financial constraints) can attend a free seminar at Hanson Place Church today. Dr. Michael C. Grayson is expected to discuss collections, foreclosures, judgments, garnishments, and other topics of interest.

My curiosity has been piqued. New laws? New strategies? New directions? It appears that there is a breadth of new information that I can take advantage of that could make financing home renovations easier.

Hanson Place is a stone’s throw from the newly-erected Barclay’s Center and Fort Greene Park. It’s also in the vicinity of some of the most attractive brownstones in Brooklyn, with beautiful facades and ironwork.

Free Enterprise at Home Depot

Home Depot

Home Depot, often ridiculed for their consumer-first approach to merchandise, is a godsend for neophytes and DIYers who desire the hand-holding from the men (and women) in orange. It’s also a haven for day laborers, handymen looking for work, and man-with-a-van-types who want to transport your 2x4s and drywall for you. For a price.

What price? Whatever they charge.

There’s no union; no esteemed order of gofers; no decision-making body that regulates rates, hours, and codes of ethics. Each person decides what they will charge you for what they’re offering.

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