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Home Renovation August 30, 2013 at 10:26 am


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Home Renovation October 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Dry Wall Specialist

We are looking for a dry wall specialist in Newburgh to work October/November. If anyone can recommend please email erikabern@gmail.com.


Home Renovation August 2, 2017 at 10:04 am

Home Renovation

Hi Everyone,

I am in the middle of making a home purchase in Newburgh and should be closing within a few weeks.

The home I am buying is currently a legal two family but was a three family at some point and in the historical district.I am planning on living in one unit, my son in another,and would like to rent out the third. Does anyone happen to know how I would go about having the home converted back to a legal three family? Has anyone had any experience with this? If so, how difficult was the process with the city?

I appreciate any feedback.

Home Renovation July 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Info on a specific house on Grand St?

Maybe a long shot of a question, but do any of you have any information regarding 318 Grand St.? It’s being sold by the bank, as-is, and they aren’t disclosing any info. It looks partially rehabbed, but obviously still a lot more to go. Maybe one of you has some intel that could enlighten a potential buyer? Of course I would get a contractor to inspect it before purchasing, but if anyone has anything to share before that expense I would be grateful. Again, I realize that may be a long shot, but figured I’d ask!

Thank you!

Home Renovation July 25, 2017 at 10:24 am

Historic home insurance issues?

Hi, I am looking to move to Newburgh and wondering if any of you have run into issues with insuring a historic home?

Home Renovation May 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Cast Iron Boiler Removal

Hi, I’m looking to have a cast iron boiler removed from our basement in the East End Historic district. Does anyone know of any companies or people in or near Newburgh who do this? I hear they can use a sledgehammer or find other ways of taking it apart. We do not want to do this ourselves, though.


Home Renovation January 23, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Historic Cast Iron Railings

I am restoring a building on Grand Street and am looking to restore-repair-replace the cast iron railings on the front stairway. I am looking for parts, an entire railing and/or someone who might be able to restore them. I have attached a photo of the building and railings. Thanks.





Home Renovation December 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Asbestos! *gulp*

Hello all,

I’m a Brooklynite who will soon be closing on a beautiful Victorian two family.

There’s asbestos covering 140ft of pipes in the basement.

I need to get it inspected by an asbestos specialist in addition to a regular home inspection. I don’t know yet what the price will be to contain or get rid of it, but I thought I’d ask in advance if any of you:

1) Know a good asbestos specialist
2) Know if the city helps out with a percentage of asbestos removal projects.
3) Anything else I need to know about this unpleasant surprise.

Thanks and looking forward to joining the revitalization,

Home Renovation July 9, 2016 at 1:21 am

Brick repointing

Greetings, can anyone recommend tradesmen or contractors who do repointing on historic structures?
Happy Summer!

Home Renovation May 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Fireplace Mantels

We are looking to purchase two fireplace mantels, preferably white marble but would also consider a wood mantel also.

Home Renovation May 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Historic Window Grills

I’m interested in installing historic Iron window grills/grates on the basement level floor of the home we are renovating and cannot find any indication in the Design Guidelines of the Historic District whether these would be allowed. Obviously, because they would be period pieces, they would not be constructed with safety exit, but if there are two back entrances and windows that would have modern grating with safety exits, would installing the period grates conflict or comply with building and historic codes? Just wondering if anyone has tried this or encountered a problem with front building restoration.


Home Renovation April 6, 2016 at 6:17 pm

scrape, paint, or siding?

Hello- We have a 1913 cedar shingle house that is in bad need of scraping and repainting. We are also thinking about cement board (hardieboard) siding because it won’t need repainting for decades (?) forever (?) and it looks good (?). Does anyone have experience with either a great paint job that has lasted at least 10 years or with cement board siding in Newburgh? Thanks!

Home Renovation March 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Sewer line inspections


We are considering having a sewer line inspection done (with a camera) on a house we are hoping to buy. Has anyone had this done in Newburgh? Has anyone regretted not having it done? The house is old and there is a tree between the house and the road so we are afraid of clay pipes and/or root problems leaving us with an expensive sewer lateral replacement. But we haven’t found many people offering this service locally.

Thank you,

Home Renovation December 1, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Steam Heat!

I have a one pipe steam heating system which I’m educating myself about. A lot of these old systems have been converted to hot water but is yours isn’t then then it looks like there are quite a few options to make your system run better. Chime in and you can be a steam heat nerd too. And maybe save some serious cash!

Home Renovation November 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

FHA 203K Consultant and Contractor Recommendations?

Hello everyone,
My name is Gabriel and I am a long time reader of this site, and even longer time fan on Newburgh. My wife and I have finally decided to make the move (from Brooklyn of course), and have recently heard back from a shortsale house we put an offer on! We are very excited to join the Newburgh community and be a part of all that is going on.

We are seeking to use a FHA 203k loan to buy and rehab the house, and we are now at the point where we need an FHA consultant to inspect the house and write a report about it’s rehabilitation needs. Has anyone been through this process before? Can anyone recommend a FHA consultant that they have used and liked? Please share any information you may have.

Also, we will also be searching for a FHA 203k general contractor to do the work? Does anyone have any recommendations? Even if you have a general contractor that you loved, but are not sure if they do FHA 203k projects, please share the information.

Thanks so much and I hope to see you soon!

Home Renovation November 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Restoring a house

My husband and I are photographers living in Brooklyn and recently started to think about moving to the area. We love the idea of buying a house with good bones that needs to be restored so we can make it look exactly how we want. A couple of questions – what areas would you recommend looking in? Are there any sites or posts about people who have renovated houses? Would love to get an idea of how long things took and how much was spent just to get some rough figures.


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