Finishing the Façade & Touring the Completed Apartments

Bob gets a final status update on the restoration of the façade, as the ground-floor commercial storefront undergoes construction and the bluestone steps are laid. Inside, Bob highlights the salient features of each apartment.

Clip Summary

The façade of the Brooklyn warehouse rehab project building is almost fully restored, with progress having been delayed by the necessity of fulfilling Landmarks Commission requirements. Repointing is complete, new windows have been installed (and painted a historically accurate color), lintels have been repaired, and so on.

Bluestone for the entry stairs has been quarried from along the New York-Pennsylvania border, then cut to the right dimensions and weather-treated.

Jacques Torres, celebrity chef and the proprietor of the gourmet chocolate shop down the street, arrives with hot chocolate for Bob and Chris Vila.

The storefront has been manufactured locally, in DUMBO itself, by Chris Perry Woodworking. Inside the residential part of the building, Bob points out the Toto USA fixtures in the second-floor bathroom as well as the Owens Corning Solserene sound-absorbing ceiling on the third floor.