It's time for doors, windows, ceilings, and mechanicals in the Manhattan Brownstone. Bob joins Chris Vila, the project manager, for a look at the ceiling that had to be reopened to run refrigerant lines for the air conditioning and the plaster walls that are now wired for the plasma screen television above the hearth. In the front rooms, ductwork is in place for the heating-and-cooling system and a Chicago-bar drop ceiling is installed to hide the ductwork. Fire batts are used to prevent noise transfer through the ceilings. Pella French doors are installed on the balcony while the surrounding masonry is rebuilt with weep holes to divert water and moisture from behind the brick. Oversized Pella double-hung windows are framed out and installed to bring in light and air. The Mitsubishi City Multi HVAC system is set up to deliver customized individual-zone heat and air conditioning throughout the apartment.
This project deals with two very different notions of home. Bob begins on New York City's Upper West Side, where an 1890s Brownstone is revitalized through high-quality craftsmanship and sensitive design. New York's past meets its present, as the entire floor is recaptured and refurbished to create a spacious urban apartment on the doorstep of Central Park.
At the same time, Bob works with a Cape Cod developer to apply Massachusetts land use statute 40B to create affordable housing, and a neighborhood of homes in Mashpee, MA. These Energy Star certified homes show how quality building practices and reasonable asking prices can work together to provide livable, affordable homes and neighborhoods to those who work in our communities.
ALL EPISODES IN MANHATTAN REMODEL AND CAPE COD AFFORDABLE