like me, then you watch loads of home shows that fill every slot on HGTV. But let's not forget the grandaddy of them all, This Old House.
It just so happens, TOH is in the midst of its first New York City project ever! (How is that possible??) And it also just so happens that this very first NYC project is a renovation of a Brooklyn townhouse. Cool!
While there are a lot of differences between their home and ours, there are a lot of similarities too. Our houses were built around the same time, have the same sort of hallway/parlor layout, etc.. If you've never been in a New York City brownstone, watching the episodes will give you a good idea of the layout of my house or any other rowhouse around here. I'm quite happy to have our renovation long over with but it's fun to watch someone else go through a little of what we did. They even have a blog (although its not that often updated).
Definitely check it out if renovation + restoration is your bag. Check your local listings.
Wondering what the difference between our limestone and their brownstone? Aside from the obvious exterior differences, my house is in different neighborhood. For those outside of the area, neighborhoods are a really important distinction here. Just a few blocks one way or another is a different vibe, school district, shopping and transportation options, etc. This house is in Prospect Heights which is more trendy and transitional than my very quiet but consistent Windsor Terrace (we are on opposite sides of Prospect Park). My house is a whole floor smaller (they have 4 floors, we have 3) and I don't have as big of a backyard. I'm sure there are other things as well but thats all that comes to mind right now.