Custom Work is Well Worth It

I live in a great old house, but it has needed a lot of help. It is about 65 years old, and I find it quite common that builders did not build with space in mind back then. I don’t know if that is because people value more space now than they did back then, or if places were often made small for financial reasons in the past. Either way, it is not too hard to decorate in such a way these days that makes it look like your home is much larger. A glass installer in Brooklyn came over just recently to hear about my plans and tell me whether or not he could carry them out in a way that would fit my budget.

My kitchen area is rather small, and the cabinets feel like they take up the entire room. So, I wanted to knock out the front, wood paneling and have glass sheets installed. This would make the cabinets look less heavy and it would even allow me to spotlight some of the beautiful dishes and ceramics that I have. Normally, those things are hidden out of site by wooden doors.

There is only one bathroom in my entire home. We all have to share it, and we all feel so closed in when we are in there. There is wall between the toilet and the sink for privacy. But it’s a thick wall and it closes the entire room off. I wanted it knocked down and replaced with a frosted glass wall, which would be much thinner. It would still give privacy and not be so bulky.

The glass installer said he could do both things for me for under $1,000, which is much less than I thought it would cost to have custom worker done. He did the work and the place looks beautiful now.

Ants Swarming on Sidewalk End Up in Kitchen

Ants drive me nuts. They crawl all over the place looking for food. I can understand that. I do that myself just before sitting down to watch some TV in the evening. Ants are social creatures. They go out making a trail of pheromones. If they find food, they double up the scent trail on the way back. That way more ants can follow the trail to the food source. When I saw about a hundred of them on our countertop in the kitchen, I knew I had to call an exterminator in NYC to get rid of them.

There is likely not any way a homeowner could find the path they are taking to get inside. Unless there is a huge line coming and going, you just won’t see where they are coming in at. Plus, they can be coming up through the foundation through little tunnels under ground. Not all of them crawl up the outside of the foundation leaving a visible trail. It is suspected that the ones at our house where getting in through an old section of stone foundation that was about three layers thick. There was no sealing it tight. Read More