Category Renovation

Elements of Style Blog – by Erin Gates

Woke up this chilly Brooklyn morning (arrived, still sandy, from Jamaica last night) and on my morning blog-crawl what should I see but this (above) glorious post by Erin Gates on her ENORMOUSLY popular + influential + long-standing blog, Elements of Style. Featuring Indigo & Ochre Design and shots of our brownstones! What a lovely […]

getting to yes (part 2)

I wanted a tub in our master bath. Two architects and one contractor told me it wouldn’t be possible because of the location of the window in the room we planned to transform into our master bath. This was the workaround I thought we were going to have to live with.   It made me […]

getting to yes (part 1)

…or fighting the city, your architect and numerous others to get what you want and know is possible. It’s intimidating – being told ‘no’ by those who presumably know more than you do (the basis for your having hired them in the first place) and/or wield authority. I’m not easily cowed, but we had been […]

Before and After: A Prospect Heights Brownstone’s Resurgence (Part 4)

The morphing of a circa 1978 half bath (shower and sink only) into a timeless full guest bath. From cramped corner-shower miserliness… to open (and bright – owing to skylight) and generously proportioned… after space was sensibly stolen from adjacent rooms on three sides, and a toilet and a full-size shower enclosure with custom frameless […]

Before and After: A Prospect Heights Brownstone’s Resurgence Part Three

A laundry room’s transmogrification into our master bath. Before (as it came to us) – a laundry room replete with hideous cafe curtains…and during the gut reno – when we stripped it back to the lathe and plaster on one side and brick and mortar on the other. I was enthralled (really) by the creation […]

Re-imagined: the cobbling together of precious bits

and the making of a master bath… When we bought our home, it had a single full bath – on the garden floor. For the two years that elapsed between our move in date and the onset of our gut renos, we schlepped up and down (as did the approximately 4 dozen house guests we […]

It’s the tweaks

What we got. Voila the 3rd floor bathroom with stall shower, nifty jacuzzi tub, double sinks and oodles of cabinet/storage space in what’s essentially the guest bath. And pinkness. No windows. People ask what we did to our house before move-in. “What took 3-month’s worth of dust and mayhem?” they wonder, “Wasn’t it in move-in […]