Monday, March 31, 2008

Hooray for the Flea!


I don't have words for how excited I am for Brownstoner's Brooklyn Flea to open next Sunday, April 6. (Sunday is also my little sister's birthday--yay sisters!) It sounds like this is going to be a SERIOUS flea market, just two blocks from my little house. I don't need any more junk, but I am still giddy with anticipation.

The Flea's site says, "Brooklyn Flea will take place every Sunday from 10am to 5pm—rain or shine—starting April 6, 2008, at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, on Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave. The Flea will feature 200 vendors of vintage furniture, clothing and antiques alongside new designs by local makers of everything from jewelry to textiles."

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Contractor (part 2)

Phil the contractor came by yesterday to look at my space and talk about the renovation project. My friend C.'s boyfriend recommended Phil, so I had a personal connection to him before we met. I immediately had a good feeling about Phil--he is the kind of person who instills confidence in you from moment one and makes you feel like you're in good hands. He was very good at listening, he had smart cost-saving suggestions and he he took a good hour out of his Saturday morning to sit with me.

Phil promised to get me some basic quotes for what he thinks it will cost to do the various things I am thinking about. He thought it would be about $5,000 (at least I think that's what he was telling me) to take the closet out of the living room, patch the floor, clean up the walls and the ceiling afterwards and install the cupboards and shelving. It's a little more than I hoped, but it would also be money very well spent.

I'm also considering moving the wall between the bedroom and the living room back a couple of feet to give me a little more living room space and make the bedroom a touch smaller. This would also position the wall better between the windows (currently the wall is awfully tight on the living room window). It would also bring some natural light into the kitchen and make the kitchen open directly onto the living space instead of the hall.

I'm going to take some additional measurements and email Phil the floor plan right now. In the meantime, I will keep my fingers crossed that I won't be overwhelmed when I get his estimate.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Contractor

Tomorrow morning at 9:30 am a contractor will be coming to look at the apartment and talk to me about the (somewhat minor) renovations I would like to embark on. I am praying that he tells me it will tell me that all the work I want to do will come in at less than $4000. Fingers crossed. I promise to post full and detailed reports about this whole process as it unfolds. I'll also put up a post with all my ideas for the renovation, and I'll catch up on all the work I have done in the last year, which is a lot!

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