It's unfathomable to me that a seller would buy these, much less "show" an apartment that has iron bars on the windows, but they do. Our home had both security gates and child gates. Every window in our apartment was obscured by iron bars when I viewed it. How inviting! (Not.)
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Unfortunately, former residents painted over them. Boo! What's a Renov8or to do?
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
It's incredibly rewarding to take a midcentury gem of an apartment like this one and scrape away residue of poorly executed past "renovations" to bring out the beauty that lies beneath.
You recall my inspiration board and final design plans?
As bad as it looked, this bathroom had a few things in its favor. 1. A separate shower stall, which allowed me to get rid of the redundant shower head, ugly curved shower rod and plastic shower curtain and bring in a free-standing soaking tub as a focal point. 2. The original art deco chrome and glass shower door, manufactured in 1946 by G.M. Ketcham MFG Corp., Brooklyn, was in salvageable condition. And 3. Surprisingly good news beneath the walls. Pipes were in great shape. No leaks, no mold. A testament to how amazingly well built this 1946 home is. It's rare that you open walls of a bathroom and find no issues.
And now, for some photos.