Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kitchen - Tight Squeeze!


Estimated Cost: $5800 (including appliances and electrical)
Time: Done over 6 years

From This to That: Evolution of a Garden Level Apartment

This garden level kitchen apartment project evolved from a busted a$$, cracked head infested kitchen; to decent kitchen with solid wood cabinets; then finally to a luxurious master bedroom suite with a fireplace. It only took 6 years.

The chimney for the fireplace was hidden behind the sheetrock in the kitchen. I removed the wall because I was tired of hearing mice scuttling and squealing behind the walls.

Damage: Estimated at $8500 plus back pain

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Best Stripper in Brooklyn

My family and friends don't believe that I am the best stripper in Brooklyn. I've been stripping for 13 years.

Tools: Wire Brush, paint brushes, 3 gallons of Klean Strip Stripper, assorted scrappers and steel wool
Man Hours: 3 Full days
Total Cost: $110

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Concrete Jungle to Landscaped Oasis

I finally got tired of tracking dirt from the backyard into the house. While some may think that a concreted backyard is hassle free, mine isn't.
I finally scraped enough money together to purchase artificial turf. Even though doesn't look exactly like real grass it's pretty darn close.


  1. Home Depot - 5 of Tundra 6 ft. x 7 ft. 6 in. Classic Artificial Turf: $695
  2. Lowes - 6 bags of Rock City 0.4-cu ft Marble: $23.82
  3. Estimated Total Cost: $718.82

Final Result:

This is how I originally found the backyard:

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