August 2nd, 2012 was a whirlwind of lawyers and paperwork, but by noon we had a set of keys to our own 850 square foot co-op apartment. It had been a difficult six month process to purchase the place, and we had been in the process of searching and trying to buy for nearly a year.
Needless to say, we were eager to begin renovations and move in as quickly as possible. Our search had focused on lower priced (for New York City) properties that were habitable but came with some projects. At our price point, that meant we saw a lot - upwards of 75 - units with a myriad of faults.With this property, the kitchen was a great start, the layout was interesting, and there were enough projects or the prospect of projects to keep us happy. The previous owners had, for the most part, taken good care of it but had also done some sloppy renovations. We knew that there was one thing that we had to do immediately if it became ours - the floors. Other things could wait, but that was something not worth doing unless we did it right away.
So, we’re attempting to document this project of projects as best we can. Enjoy!