I can see already that we will encounter a great deal of adversity-- my desire to throw my computer out the window as I set up this blog makes me realize that tearing down walls will be considerably easier than setting up and maintaining the After-Dinner Design blog. I guess there is a silver lining there, right?!
|John, preparing to tackle the task at hand...|
(The cottage was featured in the NY Times Home & Garden Section, and was also shown on The Nate Berkus Show. Check out the links here to see more about Fox Ridge: www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/garden/02catskills.html and www.thenateshow.com/videos/detail/109/second-hand-success-story/.)
We have just signed a five-year lease on the railroad apartment where we live in Williamsburg, and are hoping to buy the apartment from our landlord at some point this year. We have been living in this apartment since 2004, and realized that if we were planning to stay for at least another five years, it was time to make some serious changes!* However, like most 28-29 year olds, we don't have a surplus of either money or time, so we've decided to do this renovation project ourselves, every evening after work. In case it still isn't obvious, it is from this decision that we created the name for our blog: After-Dinner Design...
Just how much can two people accomplish between 8:00-12:00 each night, getting enough done that the project moves forward, but without making such a racket that they tick off their neighbors downstairs?
Only time will tell!
Below-left, you can see our existing floor plan- a basic railroad apartment with windows on each end. It consists of many small rooms that get very little natural light and don't make a great use of the amount of space in the apartment. The floor plan below-right shows our dream floor plan for this apartment, which would involve removing two of the partition walls (that created the guest room and narrow hallway) opening what was once the living room, guest room, and hallway into one bigger room that will serve as both living room and home office.
That is really the most ambitious part of our plan-- but then there are lots of steps to follow... Building a new wall to create a guest room, removing the existing loft storage in the office and moving our bedroom into the room with windows (and light!), taking down the existing wall of closets in the living room and building new closets closer to the bedrooms... Oy! Starting this list is making my head spin... it goes on and on! And it is only Day-One here at After-Dinner Design... Bleak!
*For all those concerned, we do have permission from our landlord to make these changes to the apartment...