Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
There are many beautiful historic brownstone buildings in Park Slope Brooklyn, located several subway stops outside Manhattan. The building above has stained glass windows, lovely brickwork and painted wood carvings.
Have you seen the Bravo show Flipping Out, about the decorator Jeff Lewis? Lewis renovates homes in LA before selling them, and is neurotic and hilarious. He makes people move furniture by the inch, fusses over paint colors, and drives his employees mad.
Well, the show comes very close to what it's like in the profession of high end architecture and design. If you have neurotic tendencies, architecture and decorating are for you. I have seriously woken up in the middle of the night wondering if I specified the right type of closet light, or the right height for a closet rod.
For any project, architects list every single thing that will be built or installed, in detailed charts. Every recessed waterproof light in the showers, every LED undercabinet strip light and every closet light that turns on when you open the closet door is given a number and described in detail.
Cabinet knobs, door stops, door knobs and hinges, door types, appliances, paint colors, toilets and faucets are all listed. Everything about everything you can think of, short of the nails, so that the Contractor can determine an accurate price.
Jeff Lewis? He's the voice in my head!
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