The beauty of Newburgh homes is in the details. But what do you do when those details have been damaged? Sometimes homeowners choose not to repair or replace, and other times they go to great lengths to bring their houses back as close as they can. Erika Norton Urie had this exact situation when her original etched glass windowpane was smashed out in the house she is repairing.
“Our double front doors had one amazing etched glass windowpane and the other was smashed out. By luck, I was able to find an incredibly skilled glass craftsman who replicates these etched glass panes using the same wheel-cut and pulley method as was used to make the original panes. ReHo studios in Red Hook Brooklyn has been creating these works of art for all the historic homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The Studio works with architectural and interior designers on original designs, reproduction and restoration of historic wheel-cut glass and lighting fixtures, as well as with individuals.”
ReHo Industries, LLC
499 Van Brunt Street 10B Brooklyn
New York 11231
Meet Andrew Luy, a finance man by day, and sculptor by night. He is busy restoring his dream home on Dubois Street that he acquired through the Newburgh Community Land Bank. Andrew invited me by to see the progress of his home renovation adventures. Judging the exterior it might not look like much is happening but, Andrew is very busy preparing his home.
He fell in love with this home and essentially bought it sight unseen. Proximity to Downing Park was very attractive to him and he genuinely loves all of the quirks and kinks of his circa 1855 home. A little investigation revealed that 36 Dubois was the Wm. HG Repp School of Music in a 1922 record. Andrew would love to find out more.
The friendship he has developed with his neighbor, Yvonne was evident as they discussed some holiday lights he found inside. He says she is a long-time Newburgh resident and knows everyone in the neighborhood. Once his home is finished, Andrew plans on inviting her over for dinner.
Andrew undsterstands Newburgh’s issues. However, he said “one good neighbor turns into two, then three, and so on.” He plans on being that good neighbor. Newburgh is fortunate to have you Andrew! Scroll down to see where his home is now. Remember, it is still a work in progress.
The hallway console table. Andrew found this slab on Craigslist. It’s the perfect size for this long hallway.
The living room with a deck that looks onto the backyard. There is a fireplace that Andrew plans on sprucing up and perhaps he might even get it working again.
The bay window. Andrew had a window seat made so that he can enjoy the sunlight.
Views of the backyard off the deck. It still needs a lot of work. Eventually, Andrew would like to make this a studio to work in.
Throughout the home, Andrew has placed his sculptures. Some are completed, while others are still in their wire and clay form. This one is located in the dining room. The kitchen cabinets are still in boxes, but Andrew is particularly excited about beginning work on his kitchen.
Back at the staircase, you get a glimpse of the first-floor bathroom. Andrew has a friend that will create a stained glass transom to replace the missing one above the bathroom door.
At the top of the staircase, there are these gothic-shaped windows that are mirrored on the front and back of the house. It’s details like these that make the house quite special. There are smaller versions in the foyer.
This is the window at the front of the house. It is a tiny room that Andrew plans to use as his meditation room. All the jars you see on the floor came from the attic!
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A quirky miniature door in the meditation room. It’s actually a very deep closet!
This is the upstairs bathroom with a curved wall. The curve is mimicked in the adjoining bedroom.
The curved wall is on the left wall of this bedroom.
This was my favorite room. Light, bright and airy. This room also has interesting windows.
Sharing one’s home is very personal. I want to thank Andrew for sharing his home even though it is still in the renovation phase.
If you have ever visited the old Habitat ReStore on Washington Street, you will recognize this corner of Washington and Federal. The wooden house collapsed years ago, and has remained a scary site. The Newburgh Community Land Bank recently sold this corner property and the adjacent brick building, 143 Washington Street, to a new family that will completely makeover this entire corner. Located on one of the streets that leads to Washington’s Headquarters and the waterfront, it is a prime location for revitalization. The wood house is now completely gone and a new side yard has been formed. Next, scaffolding will go up to repair the roof. You can see the progress on the washXfed Instagram account of Aaron Lown and Elizabeth Grubaugh. The couple are both designers, and are in the process of building their businesses in Newburgh. Mr. Lown’s business is Industrial Craft, and Ms. Grubaugh’s business is Elizabeth Grubaugh Creative.
The couple was featured in the New York Times in 2006 for the restoration work they did on a house in Tuxedo, NY that Mr. Lown inherited from his great-aunt and great-uncle while living in Japan. The house was declared a hazard and had a dead tree tearing up deck, not to mention the vermin that had taken up residence. They did a lot of the work themselves, which probably provides a lot of confidence to take on this house in Newburgh. The brick building is literally a shell without a roof. It will have to be built from the ground up.
Their new home will be just walking distance from cafes, the waterfront, Washington’s HQ and their work spaces. Looking at the site initially, I’m sure many would have run away. I’d say they chose their location very wisely.
All photos below from the washXfed Instagram account and Aaron Lown.
Anyone who can custom make their own butcher block has some skills in my book. That might not be saying much, but Jon at 45 Henry sure did a great job creating a custom built-in for their laundry area and a vanity for their bathroom. They scored this year old washer and dryer from Craigslist for only $650. The finished product looks incredible! Don’t you want a laundry like this?
Now on to the bathroom vanity. Back in November 2014 we saw their new bathroom with the refurbished tub surrounded by new white subway tile. For the vanity Jon used wood he reclaimed from the house, mostly fir. The counter top was finished off with Carrera marble.
The finished product below!
Jon says everything fit it because he triple measured everything. Well done!
Since buying their home at 45 Henry, Jon and Nadéne have been doing all sorts of projects in their home. One fun project is creating their very own art studio. It was used as a basement apartment in another life.
This is what 70 sheets of Sheetrock hauled down the basement stairs looks like.
The pink was the kitchen and mustard a living room in the basement apartment.
Progress in the studio! Almost ready for joint compound and paint!
And this is what the space looks like today. It’s a simple space, perfect for what they need – white walls and a lot of open space. Recently, Jon just had a 2 week show at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton. Congratulations!
Have your own home renovation adventures in the City of Newburgh that you would like to share? Your own before and after? Email me!
Excitingly, things are moving along at 1 Edward. The family is doing tons of painting. They estimate that by the time they are done it will be close to 30,000 sq ft of space they have painted! Work is moving along so fast they hope to move in 2 weeks from now, or by the end of June. See below for more progress.
Below is a look at the studio and office that has been created on the 1st floor.
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