Bill Apostal

The 1660 Project: Bill’s Renovation Advice

In the newest installment of our video blog project, our very special guest Bill Apostal (Niko’s mentor and father) walks through the unit at 1660 N. LaSalle and talks through some renovation advice and ideas, including:

  • Rip out carpet and replace with all-new hardwood floors
  • Increase the sense of space by ripping out kitchen walls
  • Add a kitchen island to increase counter space
  • Drop the kitchen ceiling and install recessed lighting

Then he draws on his years of experience with projects like this one to give some general advice to anyone considering buying a fixer-upper and doing the renovations themselves:

  • Get the unit at a good price to give yourself wiggle room on cost of renovation.
  • Hire a trustworthy crew that is good at what it does.
  • Be efficient with your time and materials.
  • Look for a project with a “Wow” factor.
  • Calculate the costs accurately and allow for surprises.

A big thanks to Bill for sharing his expertise!

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