After 12 years of living in Brooklyn and coveting other people’s brownstones, we have finally taken the plunge (thanks to FHA) and made an offer on a one hundred year old two family brownstone in South Park Slope.
So here we are about to embark on the adventure of home renovation. The best analogy to describe how we feel is that it’s like riding a rollercoaster: exhilaration and nausea at the same time.
We have heard all the horror stories from other home owners—it is like when you are thinking of having a baby— they say: you won’t get any sleep, you won’t have any money, you won’t have any more time to yourself, it will test your relationship. But just like with kids, they all say it was worth it in the end.
We intend to document the process every step of the way. Mainly for ourselves but also for others, because who doesn’t like a good renovation blog? There aren’t enough brownstone renovation blogs in my opinion. And as my mom used to say, “you have to learn from other people’s mistakes because you don’t have time to make them all yourself.” So we will pay the man and jump on the coaster.
Let’s see who will toss their cookies first?