Category Archives: OLD-HOUSE MAKEOVERS

Cobble Hill ‘Before’ Tour

JULIA AND JOHN MACK have plenty to do to convert the 19th century Cobble Hill brownstone they bought recently for just under $2 million into the kind of home they want for their family of four. But before they do … Continue reading

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Max and Lexy’s Kitchen

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT to report down in Philadelphia: my son Max and his girlfriend Alexis, who bought an 1870s house in Fishtown in June of last year, now have a beautiful, functioning kitchen. They’ve been working on it all spring and … Continue reading

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Look Book: White Wood Floors

GET READY to be blinded by the white… The photos in this post were among my inspirations in deciding to give my own worn tongue-in-groove floors, left, a whitewash. They may look OK here, but trust me, they’re bad in … Continue reading

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Rockaway Bungalow Reno: Before & During

What M.’s bungalow looked like when she bought it in January of this year. The green X’s alert firefighters that the house is unoccupied. …and how it looked last week, with a ‘rough coat’ of stucco. THIS WORK-IN-PROGRESS, an early … Continue reading

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Renovation Progress in Philly

Five weeks ago AS I WATCH MY SON Max and his girlfriend Alexis renovate the 1872 house they bought last June, I’m reminded of a few eternal truths about renovation: It always takes longer than you expect It always costs … Continue reading

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