Architecture

Walking the High Line—a Living New York Landmark

The International Furnishings and Design Association hosted horticultural walking tour recently to raise money for its educational foundation. The High Line is a lovely two-mile-long park perched above New York City, starting at Ganesvoort Street in the Meatpacking District and winding through Chelsea all the way to the Javitts tradeshow center along the West Side Highway. Originally builtRead more

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Architect William Rogers Designs a Green Oasis in the Village

Thanks to thoughtful architects and forward-thinking lawmakers and city planners, New York City keeps getting greener, particularly in the Battery Park City neighborhood (take a look at a piece in the summer issue of Downtown magazine on the greenest community in the city and its impact on the real estate market—the magazine is due outRead more

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Choosing Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures with Confidence

After taking note of the posts I’ve written on my own home improvement projects, a reader and freelance writer, Nancy Bhupathi, sent me the following thoughts on her own experience in planning for a bathroom renovation and choosing fixtures. So clear was she in her praise of Hangrohe fixtures, that I’m running excerpts of herRead more

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Prepping Walls for Paint (Plus a Giveaway from the Kilz Brand of Primers)

After clearing out the contents of our closets over the weekend in preparation for the crew of painters who will be coming to our home later this week, I found a small oily mark on the wall near the baseboard in one of the closets that must have been made by some wood stain IRead more

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Great Go-To Design Guide

Davis & Warshow, the venerable kitchen and bath supply house in New York, is celebrating 85 years in business this year. And to commemorate the occasion, the company produced “Guide 85: Resources for the Resourceful,” which includes information on many of the talented architects and designers the owners have worked with over the years, includingRead more

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Making Eco-Friendly Flooring Choices

One of the most appealing products I’ve found in doing my flooring research is a new 100% Reclaimed American Oak floor from HomerWood Premium Hardwood Flooring. Not only is it a sustainable choice—it’s made of slow-growth timber, which came from forests in the Appalachian Mountain region and was used to construct barns across areas ofRead more

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Getting Estimates on Refinishing or Installing a Wood Floor

After asking for referrals and scoping out various online sites that list pre-screened flooring contractors, I found four contractors who came to our home last week to give me estimates on refinishing or replacing our mildly water-damaged wood floors. Interestingly, they all had different opinions on what could or should be done, and all offeredRead more

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking to Matt Knox, one of the founders of an ingenious Web-based business called DiggersList.com, which launched in 2008. Essentially, the Web site functions as an online source of home improvement classifieds in 30 cities. Now there’s one for New York, and the site willRead more

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Eco-Friendly Dream House

A country house in New York City? That’ll catch your eye. And if it’s brimming with eco-friendly ideas like this one is, it’ll capture your imagination, too. The house is actually a sustainable show house developed by Country Living magazine in conjunction with New World Home, a producer of environmentally sensitive housing. I noticed itRead more

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Before I commit to replacing my worn and damaged hardwood floors, I’ve decided I should explore the less extreme (and less costly) option of repairing or refinishing it, so I called my friends at the World Floor Covering Association to see if they could offer some expert advice. The WFCA is a font of flooringRead more

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