Remodeling

Penthouse Plunge: Picking Leicht German Custom Kitchen Cabinetry For a Flip

By Jon Anderson / January 14, 2020 / 1 Comment

I’ve renovated every home I’ve ever owned, but I’ve never done a flip like I’m doing for the Penthouse Plunge series. Sure, there are different economic elements to consider when you’re flipping, which often shake out of tastes (my specific versus the great unwashed public’s). Armed with my budget and thoughts on what everyone wants […]

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Penthouse Plunge: Sudden Stone Sale Brings Countertops Into Focus

By Jon Anderson / January 7, 2020 / 2 Comments

The framing is almost complete in the A-unit of this Penthouse Plunge renovation project. For the newbies, this is the latest installment of a series chronicling the absurdity of my purchasing a double penthouse at The Claridge on Turtle Creek. I’m separating it back into two units and gutting and renovating the corner A-unit and […]

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Got Wood? How Saw Patterns Effect Flooring Look And Cost

By Jon Anderson / December 18, 2019 / 1 Comment

For the longest time, I noticed that some wood floors looked considerably different from others. At first, I chalked it up to perhaps being different species or different trees or luck. I will confess that until my Penthouse Plunge, I’d never installed hardwood floors in any home. My first house had Douglas Fir from the […]

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Penthouse Plunge: Demolition Begins With Few Surprises

By Jon Anderson / November 20, 2019 / 1 Comment

Building permit (finally) in hand, demolition of the A-unit began on overdrive to make up for lost time. The main concentration was to gut the kitchen and bathrooms on the A-side.  Unless this is your first time reading about the Penthouse Plunge, you know that I purchased a 5,311-square-foot double penthouse at the Claridge on […]

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Habitat For Humanity Takes Penthouse Plunge To Help Needy

By Jon Anderson / November 18, 2019 / 1 Comment

Habitat for Humanity took my kitchen. There, I said it. And I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully, the pristine, heavily lacquered maple cabinets manufactured by Germany’s Siematic fetch a good price at one of the organizations’ ReStore shops. In turn, those monies will be used for Habitat’s main job – giving former president Jimmy Carter something […]

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Penthouse Plunge: Two Months is Too Long to Get a Building Permit

By Jon Anderson / November 8, 2019 / 3 Comments

In 2013, when I secured the building permits required to renovate my Athena condo, I was on the permitting office’s doorstep New Year’s morning and within a couple of hours, I left, permits in hand. When I returned a year later to get new permits to renovate the master bathroom, a similar timeline played out. […]

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