Recommended Home Improvement Services
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

I have used all but a few of the businesses listed below. Not all trades are listed. Some trades I don't have one to recommend (e.g. architect, general contractor, wood refinisher, window place, paperhanger). I have some window washer cards and gold leaf cards, but I have never used one.

Contents to Business Cards Below:


Inside Work


Erik Paulsson has been doing electrical work in Park Slope for more than 20 years. He lives at 5th Ave and Union St. His sister moved here, he visited, and he fell in love with the place. He does not own a car. He either walks to the job, takes a bus, or one of his workmen will pick him up.

Erik-Paulsson-card


Juan Martinez is a licensed master plumber doing business under Do Rite Mechanical. It is him and his helper in a truck. Low overhead. But as he is not near Park Slope he will only come for large jobs. You can check his insurance status in BIS. His e-mail isDoRite-email.

Juan-Martinez-card


Fitzroy Flemming takes care of a couple houses here on 1st St. Plus he does the things listed on his card. No e-mail. He has a regular job. These things are done on the side. Fitzroy is one of the few here I have not used. One neighbor found him to be expensive.

Fitzroy-Flemming


Stafford Elliott can handle all of your floor needs, including installing face-nailed floors. (See my Face Nailed Floor Borders page for ordering the wood.) He has been doing floors for decades. His son Jason now works with him.

Elliotts-card


I have used B & M Alarms for many years. The entire firm is two guys: Joey, whose card is below. And Huey. They work together. You will get to know them. Very personal service.

B and M Alarms


Adriatic Wood Products is the place to go for your millwork needs. They can do both small and large run sizes. He makes his own cutting knives. I have not used them. Their website.

Adriatic-card


When bicycling back from Fairway I passed by Premium Millwork and picked up a card. Much smaller and closer than the Adriatic listed above. But calling them I found that they only take major projects. Their website.

Premium-Millwork-card


Juan Marcos Myerston is a cabinetmaker. He made my Ipe deck and pergola. Now doing business as Pinocchio Woodworks. His website.

Juan-Marcos-card


Many years ago I needed new stairs to the cellar. The soil floor that was here when I bought the house had rotted out the bottom. Plus the new concrete floor wasn't the same height. Soxco Stairs built me perfect stairs, which I left unfinished. Their website.

Soxco-card


I used Mr. Sewer in 2003 and 2016. The second time was a really problematic job, but he solved it. And in 2016 he went by Clogbusters (but I can't find a card). He probably isn't the closest. On the web I find him out at 1536 Rockaway Pkwy in Canarsie. Use the 718-272-3318 number.

Mr-Sewer-card


Eddie can custom make plaster medallions and plaster crown moldings. For my kitchen he replicated the medallion and crown molding to match the others in my house. The website.

Eddie-Dajti-card


If you want to own your own marketing floor plans, Don is the local guy. And the most reasonable. If you look at real estate listings you have seen his plans. I plan to overlay on the plans of my house what circuit each light and socket map to. His website.

FloorPlanMan


I use Dan to terminate my network and telephone wiring. You would need to have rather extensive wiring to use him. His website.

Daniel-Latner-card


This firm made lovely mahogany cabinets for my kitchen. Everything is totally custom. They specialize in inset doors. Not local, but as you are buying direct the price is reasonable. Their website.

Kitchen-Cabinet-Co-card


Outside Work


Premier Roofing is the closest roofer to Park Slope. Unlike Greene Roofing, where you don't know who you will be dealing with, at Premier it is Fred, or maybe his brother. Their website. E-mail is on the contact page.

Fred-Ciliotta-card


Vinroy Baronette started as an assistant mason in Park Slope in 1979, working for his dad. In 1989 he took over the business. He has done a lot of work for me. He is always busy, partly as he is Berman Realty's go-to guy for all the work on the properties they own and manage. So you may have to pester him to get him to come.

Vinroy-card-front Vinroy-card-back


Chris Barronette is Vinroy's younger brother. You can hire him directly for small jobs. He doesn't have all the licenses and insurance that Vinroy has.

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As far as I know, Lotus Awnings is the only place left in Brooklyn that makes traditional canvas awnings. When the tornado blew a branch onto my awning they repaired it. They are also a dealer for Eastern Retractable Awnings.

Lotus-Awning-card


Allen is the go-to guy in Park Slope to revive your gas lantern. The mentioned video cannot be found. Click on image for large easy to read size.

gas-lantern-repair


I have contracted with this firm to install solar panels on my roof. If you have work done on the roof at the same time, you can bill the roof through them, and get the 30% Federal tax credit, and the 20% NYC Real Estate Tax abatement on the roof work. There is also a State tax credit, capped at $5,000. I have some $250 referral cards. Contact me for them. Their website.

Brooklyn-Solar-Works-card


Boro Land Surveying is the only local surveyor. He is very busy and very hard to get. If he has surveyed a contiguous neighbor, that will also appear on your survey.

Boro-Land-Surveying-card


Nigel Rollings made really lovely mahogany side fences for me. Then we had a falling out. He refused to let me plant a vine to cover a back fence towering 8' over my backyard. He is not into native plants, which I want. His garden designs tend to be formal. He likes water features and art. He likes symmetry, I like wildness. I have a more practical outlook than he has. Compared to some other garden designers his prices are very reasonable. His e-mail address can be found on his website.

Nigel-Rollings-card


A.J is the local iron place. They have a big shop on the canal side of 3rd Ave. They do small jobs on Saturdays. Their website.

AJironwork-card


Scaran is out in Southern Staten Island. They are included here for those that want the comfort advantages -- like I do -- of Carrier's top-of-the-line variable-speed Infinity System. If you want something simpler, you are better off with some local installer. Scaran's website.

Scaran-card


Shops


Shannon Florist is my favorite nursery to pick up plants. With my BBG membership card I get a 10% discount. Their website.

Shannon-Florist-card


The 5th Ave Keyshop can make "skeleton keys" for the warded locks found in our houses.

5th-Ave-Key-Shop-card


You are probably familiar with Peter Romano's Stained Glass Store. Now at his fourth location, he has been in Park Slope since 1976. He can restore any of the stained glass in your house. He will come to your house to take it out and put it back, but only within Park Slope, and a few nearby neighborhoods.

Peter-Romano-card


I needed a demolition hammer (aka jack hammer) to bust up a low brick wall in my back yard. My Tool Rental & Equipment had three sizes of the electric ones. I rented the smallest. It did the job. They have any tool that you might need, but don't own. Their website.

MTR-card


This is the only place I know that uses a wet wheel to sharpen your scissors (and knives). I asked one of the two trucks that drive around, and he uses a dry wheel. There is a good reason why you only want your scissors and knives sharpened on a wet wheel. They were tempered when made. Without the water the metal overheats and loses its temper. Then it won't stay sharp for very long.

Westpfal-card


I have used Bear Glass for mirrors. They resilvered an overmantle mirror, they made an overmantle mirror with a beveled edge, and they made me a small mirror out of Starphire glass (clearer than regular glass). I ended up with free delivery for all. Their website. The 20th St location is very near 7th Ave. Production now takes place in Queens Village.

Bear-Glass-card


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