Homeowners are planning on installing a new backyard fence and are looking for advice on materials and labor. They would like to use something that is environmentally friendly and wondering whether to use real wood or a composite material. What pros and cons should they consider? While they are thinking… Read More >The post From the Forum: Choosing the Right Material for a Backyard Fence appeared first on Brownstoner.
Since they are contemplating installing a security system, a homeowner is thinking it might be the right time to upgrade the thermostat and control both systems remotely. What should the homeowner consider before leaping into the world of smart home systems? Please chime in with your advice. forumTopic id=”hgeneral-discussion:smart-home” Related Stories Get… Read More >The post From the Forum: Should a Homeowner Take the Leap Into a Smart Home System? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A renovator is thinking about opening up the rear of their brownstone with steel windows but is concerned about a drafty wall of glass. Have other homeowners found that installing steel windows with a thermal break made a difference? If the budget won’t allow that option what else should they… Read More >The post From the Forum: Will a Wall of Steel Windows Be Too Chilly In the Cold Weather Months? appeared first on Brownstoner.
Looking for some summer greenery, a homeowner is hoping to find a vine that will provide some color without harming the facade of their home. The vine would be planted in a container and ideally would spread itself up the wall. Should the homeowner provide a trellis or support so… Read More >The post From the Forum: Adding Some Greenery to a Brownstone Facade appeared first on Brownstoner.
After days of rain a homeowner is faced with water seeping into the basement. They suspect that the culprit is the neighbors downspout, which may be directing water directly into the soil. While they will discuss the issue with the neighbor what else can they do to prevent water from… Read More >The post From the Forum: Preventing Water in the Basement After a Rain Storm appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner has decided to take advantage of an empty rental apartment in their three-family home to increase their own living space. The plan is to convert the kitchen of the rental into a bedroom but the homeowner wants to make sure that the work won’t adversely impact their certificate… Read More >The post From the Forum: Converting a Kitchen into a Bedroom appeared first on Brownstoner.
Homeowners don’t quite have the budget to swing a back deck but are hoping to at least build steps to the yard. They aren’t sure what the cost range might be for wood and steel stairs and are hoping for some advice. What should they budget for the project? Please… Read More >The post From the Forum: Building Stairs to the Backyard appeared first on Brownstoner.
Since a blank sidewall of their property faces a busy avenue a homeowner is thinking that it might be a prime spot to rent out to advertisers. What should the homeowner know about the regulations covering signs and billboards before seeking out advertisers? Would the money earned be worth the… Read More >The post From the Forum: Renting Out a Sidewall to Advertisers appeared first on Brownstoner.
Hoping to bring some beehives to their brownstone, homeowners are concerned that the weight might be too much for their roof. While they have checked into the legality of the bees themselves, they need some advice about what else might be required before installing the hives. Please chime in with… Read More >The post From the Forum: Bringing Beehives to a Residential Rooftop appeared first on Brownstoner.
Homeowners are hoping that underneath the layers of vinyl siding and asphalt shingles covering their home there’s some original wood siding that can be restored. Before they start the project they are looking for advice. Should they be concerned about the possibility of asbestos? If the original siding can’t be… Read More >The post From the Forum: Stripping Away the Layers of Vinyl Siding and Asphalt Shingles appeared first on Brownstoner.
With brownstone dust wafting down from the building, homeowners are starting to think about restoring the facade but are unsure where to start. They’ve received some quotes for the work but aren’t sure how to judge when the work absolutely needs to be done and if the estimates are realistic.… Read More >The post From the Forum: Restoring a Brownstone Facade appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner is laying out a garden level rental unit and is trying to figure out the best placement for the kitchen. They were thinking of putting it in the middle of the unit, replacing the large closet. Have other homeowners done this rather than placing the kitchen in the… Read More >The post From the Forum: The Ideal Spot for a Kitchen in a Garden Level Apartment appeared first on Brownstoner.
The floors are being refinished in a rental apartment and the landlord is wondering if there are any new products to consider instead of sticking with polyurethane. They used a water-based poly in their own living room and it hasn’t held up well. Any suggestions on a different product… Read More >The post From the Forum: Is There an Option Other Than Polyurethane for Sealing Refinished Wood Floors? appeared first on Brownstoner.
After tearing up the linoleum that was covering their hallway floor, owners are wondering if the original wood floors can be saved. They are trying to remove the linoleum backing paper left behind in patches on the floor, but removal is resulting in gouges and scratches to the wood. Should… Read More >The post From the Forum: Can Their Old Wood Floor Be Restored? appeared first on Brownstoner.
Homeowners are nervously stepping into the role of landlords for the first time and are looking for advice on appropriate ways to screen tenants. It has been suggested that they use a Blumberg t186 lease agreement, but what other resources are available? What is the best way to go about… Read More >The post From the Forum: What Should New Landlords Know About Screening Potential Tenants? appeared first on Brownstoner.
The fence came down between neighboring backyards and an owner is concerned that the neighbor might be encroaching on the property line with a new fence. While a survey will sort out the property line issue, the owner is wondering if they should replace their own fence at the same… Read More >The post From the Forum: New Fences and Property Lines appeared first on Brownstoner.
An abandoned townhouse is causing issues for homeowners who share a party wall and they are trying to figure out their options. Their attorney has been unable to track down much info beyond the owner’s name. Once they have done more digging for information on the owner, how should they… Read More >The post From the Forum: Dealing With an Abandoned House Next Door appeared first on Brownstoner.
Homeowners were hoping to save all the original details in their house during a renovation but are now faced with having to decide what to save. The painted woodwork has been stripped of paint, but tests show their children have elevated lead levels. On a limited budget, they are trying… Read More >The post From the Forum: Saving Period Features During a Renovation and Lead Abatement appeared first on Brownstoner.
Trying to keep on top of maintenance issues, a homeowner had their chimneys and terra cotta flues inspected. One company said minor repairs would be needed while the other said stainless steel flues should be installed and would give them a price break if they did the work that day.… Read More >The post From the Forum: Should a Homeowner Replace Terra Cotta Chimney Linings with Stainless Steel? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner has decided that their contractor must be fired and is looking for advice on how to proceed. A significant amount of money has been spent to correct the issues the contractor caused, but the homeowner is not trying to recoup that money — they just want to cut… Read More >The post From the Forum: How to Fire a Contractor appeared first on Brownstoner.
Homeowners are bracing themselves to tackle a full renovation of a townhouse as well as a second house at the rear of their property. Knowing that there might be any number of hurdles, they are looking for advice from any readers who may have renovated a similar backyard house. Assuming… Read More >The post From the Forum: Renovating A Rear Lot House appeared first on Brownstoner.
New brownstone owners just got their first heating bill and are still recovering from the sticker shock. The house is empty while they await the start of their renovation in the spring so they are looking for safe ways to cut down their heating bill. Can they shut off the… Read More >The post From the Forum: Keeping Heating Costs Low During a Renovation appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner owner is looking for advice on installing an elevator in their three-story brownstone. Have other brownstoners tackled a residential elevator project? How much could it cost? Please chime in with your advice. forumTopic id=”renovation:anyone-installed-an-elevato” Related Stories Get Advice on Home Renovation and All Things Brooklyn in the Brownstoner Forum From… Read More >The post From the Forum: Installing an Elevator in a Brownstone appeared first on Brownstoner.
After receiving a sidewalk violation when street tree roots damaged the bluestone sidewalk in front of their home, homeowners enrolled in the city’s repair program and have been waiting for the issue to be resolved ever since. They’ve been alerted that the repair through the Parks Department’s Trees and Sidewalks… Read More >The post From the Forum: Waiting for Repairs When a Street Tree Damages the Sidewalk appeared first on Brownstoner.