It's not uncommon to see scaffolding, dumpsters and construction crews surrounding Downtown residences daily. As the building and renovation boom continues, more people are trying to figure out the best approach to their specific remodeling jobs.
Sean Morgart, manager of Gardner Hardware, 515 Washington Ave. N., said he sees his share of new homeowners looking for a little advice in maintaining their dwellings.
"Since 80 percent of Downtown homes are new or remodeled, the homeowners may not like the design when they purchase and want to change it," Morgart said. "Buyers are generally higher money consumers who haven't done much repair work before and need help with issues that they face in their new home.
Downtown apartments and condos often contain their original brick or stone walls, making it difficult to anchor paintings, drapes or a new designer sink. Morgart said Gardner Hardware often works with customers to find the fasteners and anchors that will work on their type of wall.
The cost involved with doing these Downtown home repairs varies considerably based on the project and the extent of work. Plumbing prices can range from 99 cents for small hardware to more than $300 to install a new sink. Anchors can be purchased at a minimal cost depending on the strength and size of the fastener.
If you're looking to make a few changes to your Downtown abode, Morgart has some advice before diving in. "Since each project is very individualized, it is important to ask lots of questions before starting. If you don't, it could lead to lots of work and various problems later on," he said. "Get it done the right way the first time by not taking shortcuts in the work and not using generic products if possible."
Gardner Hardware, which has been serving the Warehouse District since 1884, supplies many of the products needed for repairs specific to city homes.
"We have strong technical knowledge of fasteners for hanging draperies and pictures, as well as experience in plumbing problems," Morgart said. "We can get nearly any plumbing piece you need from our special order catalog.
Gardner Hardware hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.