AT Offline: The Urban Renovation 101 Meetup

Jonathan Butler, Asher Lipman, Jenny & Clove and Jeffrey de Vito

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• What: AT Offline/The NY Design Meetup (all info and signup here) • Members: 607

>> Got Power Point? Check out all the presentations here: Renovating Problems Solutions.ppt

Thanks to everyone who came out last Thursday night for what was an unusual and interesting foray into the ups and downs of renovating your own home in NYC. Little did we know that nearly all of our speakers would be so profoundly affected by doing it themselves, that it has become a career as well. Down below you'll see a complete outline of the evening's events, featuring Jonathan Butler, Asher Lipman, Jenny Rogers & Clove Galilee and Jeffrey de Vito....

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>> Got Power Point? Check out all the presentations here; Renovating Problems Solutions.ppt

• Jonathan Butler of Brownstoner and Brooklyn Flea (every Sunday in Fort Greene). Jonathan gave us a very nice before and after tour of his renovated brownstone in Brooklyn (previously an SRO).

Mentioned:
- Olde Good Things
- Leather wallpaper in the original house
- Demolition Depot on 125th Street
- Stanford Wrecking (where he got his tub)

• Asher Lipman of NYC Renovation Coach. Asher founded his company to help people get renovations done on time and on budget. Working as an advocate for clients, he oversees contractors, architects and all other aspect of the job. He showed before and after shots of his clients homes.

• Jenny Rogers and Clove Galilee are artists and designers who started Uncommon Abode to help people renovate successfully. They showed before and after shots of their apartment in the Village.

Mentioned:
- M Fine Lumber
- Liebherr Fridge
- Verona Cooktop
- Silestone Counter
- Miele 18" dishwasher
- Build it Green! material depot in Brooklyn
- Faucet.com
- Nameeks
- We Plumbing

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• Jeffrey de Vito of Purspace Design. Jeffrey started his renovation company after renovating an entire building in Chelsea. He showed us before and after pictures of various apartments in the building and gave us many tips.

Mentioned:
- Sketch Up by Google is a good free floorplan tool
- Landlord for Dummies
- Warmfloor radiant heating system


SHOUT OUTS

• DWR is moving to a new location around the corner! Woo-Hoo! Everyone is invited to their opening party on June 12th.

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• Phil Thomas Di Giulio, one of the founders of Wellcomemat.com, gave us a quick tour of his company, which uses video to highlight real estate, cities, neighborhoods, parks, schools, events and local businesses.

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HouseDNA.com
was in the house again. Jag Singh came back and gave us another pitch for his website that allows you to rent your own home out and collect money for it, via the web.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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