Irritated by the smoke and smell from a neighbor’s wood-burning stove, a reader is looking for advice. The neighbor appears to be using the stove for heating the house and has piles of wood in front — some of it just plywood rather than seasoned wood. Are there rules controlling… Read More >The post From the Forum: What Can You Do When a Neighbor’s Stove Is Smoking You Out? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A homeowner wants to replace a cracked support beam in their townhouse and is concerned about causing more damage. Contractors suggested jacking up the joists and replacing the beam. The homeowner is worried this method could cause the home’s plaster walls to crack. They are not planning on doing additional… Read More >The post From the Forum: Will Replacing a Support Beam Crack Plaster Walls? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader recently purchased a two-family house and is curious about obtaining a second mailing address for the property. The owner plans to rent out one of the units but all the mail currently goes to the one address. How can the homeowner get the mail delivered to the two… Read More >The post From the Forum: Can a Homeowner Add a Second Mailing Address for a Rental Unit? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader has a two-family brownstone and would like to allow the tenant to control their heat, but isn’t sure what this might entail. The home currently has one thermostat so the homeowner is thinking about adding one in the garden rental unit. Would a second boiler be… Read More >The post From the Forum: Is a Second Boiler Needed When Installing a Thermostat in a Rental Unit? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader is converting a four-unit rowhouse into two units and is wondering about the impact on the tax bill. The homeowner has an approved alt-1 application and the work is almost completed but they are now curious about whether the resulting change to the Certificate of Occupancy will cause… Read More >The post From the Forum: Will Changing a Certificate of Occupancy Increase Taxes? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader would like to rebuild a stoop and is wondering if the Department of Transportation (DOT) needs to be involved. The stoop was removed in the 1940s and replacing it would mean encroaching on the sidewalk and they suspect this means involving DOT. Since their property is locally designated… Read More >The post From the Forum: Must DOT Be Involved for a Stoop Rebuild? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader is hoping to find a new heating solution for the apartment building they own. The four-story building currently has steam heat which the owner finds inefficient and expensive. They are investigating alternative heating systems that would allow tenants to control the temperature as well as pay a… Read More >The post From the Forum: Is a Hybrid Heat Pump System Practical for Heating an Apartment Building? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader is desperate to have their cornice and parapet restoration project finished before winter. The work began in the spring with a six-week timeframe but the contractor has failed to finish the project more than six months later. Now that cold weather has hit the contractor wants to take… Read More >The post From the Forum: What Should You Do When the Contractor Hasn’t Finished the Roof Before Winter? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader is getting ready to purchase a new home but has just found out that there are no gas or electrical meters installed. The two-family home in Ocean Hill is a rehab but the seller wants to close before the meters are installed. Some compensation is being offered,… Read More >The post From the Forum: Should a Buyer Close on a House Without Gas or Electrical Meters? appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader is looking to prevent soot from from escaping down the chimney and into the house. The fireplaces are decorative, so the reader is hoping there is a way to seal off the chimney and eliminate the mess. Please chime in with any advice. forumTopic id=”general-discussion:how-to-seal-the-chimney-to” Related Stories Get Advice on… Read More >The post From the Forum: What Is the Best Way to Seal Up a Chimney? appeared first on Brownstoner.
This year, the Brownstoner Forum posts that got the most looks from readers mostly involved home renovation. These included posts on lead paint, heating, fences and refurbishing a door. Other topics included landlord-tenant relations and Ikea returns. It’s worth noting that at least two of the top 10 posts are among… Read More >The post Lead Paint, Heating and Ikea: Top 10 Brownstoner Forum Posts of 2016 appeared first on Brownstoner.
A reader wants to remove to remove all drywall and plaster from the ceilings and walls of an apartment and is wondering if a permit is required. Removing all the surfaces would allow adding insulation. No structural changes will be made to the walls, so they are wondering if a… Read More >The post From the Forum: Is a Permit Required for Drywall and Plaster Removal? appeared first on Brownstoner.