House Tour: Harold Is Just Zen About It, Part II

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Name: Harold

Location: West Village

Apartment Size: 500 square feet

Favorite: That he designed it himself

>>VIDEO in extended post

If you are a hard-core Inside Out fan, you will remember Harold. It’s been over 9 months since our last visit…

A short video walk through Harold’s studio apartment.

…and as you will see, there is a long road ahead. “It’s a little adventure”, says Harold, still trying to retain his original pledge of “being Zen about it.” The problem is, he says, “the deal was too good to be true.”

The contractor bid a price that seemed exceptionally low for the amount of work Harold had in mind. The contractor is skilled and when he does the work, it is done well. Unfortunately, the contractor has a bevy of personal issues that stand in the way of completing Harold’s apartment. They are in constant negotiations, trying to work around a variety of things that keep the contractor away from Harold’s job. Harold has invested too much to pull out of the relationship at this point so he forges ahead. He provides both physical and emotional support to his contractor, and tries to remain hopeful.

Budget constraints have also altered some of Harold’s original intentions. Instead of glass bricks and glass mosaic tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, respectively, Harold has downgraded slightly to sheetrock and stone. As we look around the apartment, filled to the brim with construction material, an electrician working on circuitry, and all the appliances and cabinets for the future kitchen and bathroom, Harold points out that the apartment will eventually have a very minimalist look and feel. He says, “I imagine this place being very clean.”

So, far the plumbing and framing of walls and built-in’s has been completed. Almost all the electrical work is finished. What remains is primarily cosmetic but none of the appliances can be installed until such efforts are achieved. This includes plastering and painting all the original walls, and sheetrocking all the new walls.

I say that it will be beautiful in the end, and Harold thanks me for being so positive.

Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let me know!
For all House Tours, click here!

Originally Posted on December 1st, 2005