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post #646 of 1897
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I have alluded a few times to a new project I'm working on - it's a total re-model of an older (1928) house in Baltimore City. I'm essentially gutting a lot of the inside, tearing out a secondary stairwell and a bathroom to make room for a normal kitchen/den up to 21st century norms, and a lot of the bedrooms and all the bathrooms are being totally re-configured, in addition to all kinds of boring stuff like storm windows, new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, lighting, roof and structural work, etc etc. The house hasn't really been properly lived in for 30 years or so, besides very temporary renters now and then. Anyways, more photos will follow in probably 6 months when we've wrapped everything up (still haggling out details with the architect and contractor right now), but for now here's a sneak preview of the bones we have to work with. Sorry for the large-ish images, I didn't intend for them to come out this big:

Wow, Douglas, I really like this. This is a great project that I'm sure will look terrific after completion. I like it a lot, and can see that it has great potential. Good luck!
post #647 of 1897
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Originally Posted by kwilkinson View Post

*I mean, now is the time to pack up my shit and wait a week and then move and THEN put the head down and get to work.
... I'm optimistic about this and will always land on my feet. I'm a cat--- just a really fat one.
All the best to you, seriously. You'll do well.
post #648 of 1897
Thanks.
post #649 of 1897
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Originally Posted by MetroStyles View Post
I'm moving into another crappy studio. This time downtown.

I call it luxury when you can travel from the bedroom to the living room in one chair. Wish I could do that
post #650 of 1897
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Originally Posted by J'aimelescravates View Post
I call it luxury when you can travel from the bedroom to the living room in one chair. Wish I could do that

While you may be half joking, I actually really enjoy living in a compact space. Less cleaning, less unnecessary "stuff", etc. I guess since I lives in dorms/suites throughout college, an in a studio in NY, and in hotel rooms for work for years, I've grown quite
comfortable in a small apartment. That said, a 1-br would not hurt.
post #651 of 1897
I sort of expected you to live in the American Gardens building on West 81st Street.
post #652 of 1897
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Originally Posted by Roy View Post
No way, I'm just a smalltimer.
How do I become small time like you? This study of Mediterranean history is not cutting it.
post #653 of 1897
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post
I sort of expected you to live in the American Gardens building on West 81st Street.

Would you like to join me at the Four Seasons for lunch downtown?
post #654 of 1897
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Originally Posted by MetroStyles View Post
Would you like to join me at the Four Seasons for lunch downtown?
Definitely, next time I'm in the city.
post #655 of 1897
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Originally Posted by MetroStyles View Post
While you may be half joking, I actually really enjoy living in a compact space. Less cleaning, less unnecessary "stuff", etc. I guess since I lives in dorms/suites throughout college, an in a studio in NY, and in hotel rooms for work for years, I've grown quite comfortable in a small apartment. That said, a 1-br would not hurt.
+1 Although Douglas's new house looks amazing...
post #656 of 1897
It is true, I was speaking in a light hearted tone, but there was truth to my comment. I'd love to downsize and I think it takes a strong, confident individual to live without constant need for "bigger" (which seems to be a common American thought) and "more".

Both of these Tao Te Ching quotes are appropriate:

"To know you have enough is to be rich."

"Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich."
post #657 of 1897
I never understood the appeal of the McMansion or the need for 5,000 square feet. Even worse, usually it's 5,000 square feet of poorly designed space. I would MUCH rather have a smartly designed place than an exhibition of sheer size. Metro's place, IMO, is a little too small since I do like living space and sleeping space to be separate entities.
post #658 of 1897
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post
I never understood the appeal of the McMansion or the need for 5,000 square feet. Even worse, usually it's 5,000 square feet of poorly designed space. I would MUCH rather have a smartly designed place than an exhibition of sheer size. Metro's place, IMO, is a little too small since I do like living space and sleeping space to be separate entities.
A couple friends had mcmansions when I was a kid. I would imagine that the appeal is partly in the buffer zones. :P We used to play in rooms that were far away from the master bedroom and areas where the parents spent a lot of time. My best friend had a huge game room where we could be as loud as we wanted without driving his mother crazy. No knoll furniture in that room, but since it was the domain of kids and nobody else saw it, i don't think they cared too much. Even as an adult, i could see the appeal. Were I married, I might want to listen to music in peace away from kids, or work without having to deal with tons of noise, etc. Large square-footage enables everyone to have their own space where they can enjoy quiet/music/movies/video games etc without disturbance.
post #659 of 1897
I agree geek, larger spaces are better when you're living with a family and need some alone-time. Living by myself, though, I love the convenience of a place where everything from the shower to the refrigerator is only a few steps away
post #660 of 1897
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Originally Posted by Asch View Post
I agree geek, larger spaces are better when you're living with a family and need some alone-time. Living by myself, though, I love the convenience of a place where everything from the shower to the refrigerator is only a few steps away

My last place was about 1000 sq. ft. It was the perfect size for a single person imo.

All considered, I prefer spaces that cost more per square foot because they use better materials and construction. That said, if I ever have 3 kids (no plans to but who knows), i'd give serious consideration to a mcmansion because I'd go nuts with screaming brats running around all day while i'm trying to work/study, or even just listen to some music in peace.
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