Masonry Facade Repair Overview by Ed GreenBerg

The following, so well written, I had to share (with permission) for the benefit of others.  It is a comment in reference to a Crain’s article on scaffolding in NYC and why there is so much of it.

By Edward C. Greenberg; NYC copyright and intellectual property litigator and teacher • 4 days ago

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Finished Manhattan Rental Apt Quickly Occupied

Finished Manhattan Rental Apt Quickly Occupied

It was a rough renovation of a dilapidated unplanned studio apartment, into a narrow but legal one bedroom rental apartment. This gut renovation had its twists and turns, but perseverance prevailed to complete this makeover, creating a warm and cozy one bedroom, one bath, full kitchen apartment.

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Natural Flow Snow Melting System, Zero Energy Consumption

Natural Flow Snow Melting System, Zero Energy Consumption

We’re at that point in the year where the sun is starting to make its presence known by giving us extended day light hours.  But the effects of the cold acts like winter is an entity cuddled in a slingshot in that the cold of winter is about to hit us, along with snow and ice that makes a daily walk a risk taking adventure. Is there a way of guaranteeing that our walkways will be free of snow and ice year around?  I believe there is.

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Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Garden Transformation

With spring around the corner, lets take a quick look at one of our SimpleTwig garden projects during the renovation of a Carroll Gardens Brooklyn townhouse.

When purchased the garden was overgrown with fallen fencing, and whatever thrown wherever.  Our first steps were basic cleanup.  The ivy was trimmed back and the trash, fencing and anything not savable removed.  We kept the existing gravel cleaning it up so we could use it as a base for a new slab and tile.

This garden is just 30×40 feet square with buildings on 3 sides.  Because of this we decided to make more of the planting area by raising it, and at the same time provide additional seating for informal gatherings.

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Proper Townhouse Gutter Detail

In order to ensure a dry townhouse for years and decades, one has to properly detail roof connections so that there are at least 2 different systems in place directing running water away from the home.  Here we examine the often overlooked townhouse gutter system which is typically slapped on the back of the house and glued in place.

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Natural Flow Flood Prevention Drain System

Natural Flow Flood Prevention Drain System

We are proud to have developed a simple pipe system that prevents basement and cellar flooding due to a blockage in the house trap.  It’s a rather simple system that for a couple hundred dollars can spare a homeowner from thousands of dollars in damages, including sparing them from the week or so to make their flooded area ‘sewer free’ which is not an easy task and often leaves residue behind despite the best efforts. YUCK!

 

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High-end and Luxury Laundry Rooms

High-end and Luxury Laundry Rooms

As an extension of the practical aspects of a functional laundry room for smaller homes as discussed in the previous article, here we extend those functional aspects to higher end  and luxury homes to touch on what is possible, and, what should be.

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Efficiency of Home Design, the Laundry Machine

It’s looming, consuming, it’s laundry day.

Homes are functional machines (not if you choose the wrong Architect), although most people don’t consider this factor when designing a new home, or only as a side note.  Yet when choosing an Architect you hope, or assume, they know what they’re doing.  The truth is there might be passing consideration at best, for some of your home’s most important functional aspects, like your closets, laundry and that whole messy process.

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