Friday, January 1, 2010

Well, we did it.

Many months later, and we finally signed on the dotted line. Third attempt this last year. Lots o' money this one. And lots o' work, too. I think it will be worth it in the end, because it really is such a great apartment and in the right spot for what's next, good and bad.

But about that work, the wife is already on track for the kind green renovation I envision. She resourced stone quarried in New York State for the kitchen floor. She's picked a cabinet-maker who only builds with responsibly harvested solid wood and only uses "green" formaldehyde-free plywood boxes and non-toxic water-based glues and finishes -- plus they are located on Long Island. The countertop-maker is located in Brooklyn and uses 100% recycled material. Appliances from a company in the Bronx. Local, local, local. The building itself discourages people who renovate from discarding old hardware and keeps the various Art Deco pieces (door knobs, light fixtures, etc...) in storage for people in the building who want to use them for their own renovations.

(deep breath)

I think this is going to be great.

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