History in the Heavens

It is a rare day that I would say this, but on the early afternoon of August 21, 2017, I really hope you are not hangin’ out in Grand-Bates. In fact, I hope you’re not even in South City. If you are, you’ll only get the briefest of looks at that afternoon’s history in the … More History in the Heavens

Business Spotlight: Urban Matter, Boutique shopping in neighboring Dutchtown

Just a few blocks north of Bates on Virginia, you’ll find one of the coolest boutiques in St Louis. Urban Matter is a must if you are looking for a unique gift for any of your family or friends. Whether you need a house warming gift, a token of appreciation to get you out of … More Business Spotlight: Urban Matter, Boutique shopping in neighboring Dutchtown

Repairing Your Home’s Original Windows for Curb Appeal and Energy Savings

Whether your house guests or potential home buyers, those standing at the curb and viewing your home for the first time will notice. Don’t think they won’t. I’m talking about your home’s windows. The following shows how repairing and thermally upgrading your existing traditional windows can maintain the curb appeal of your home and save … More Repairing Your Home’s Original Windows for Curb Appeal and Energy Savings

Business Spotlight: Intrada, Coming Soon to the corner of Grand Blvd. and Holly Hills

  Coming soon to the NE corner of Grand and Holly Hills… Intrada. The much anticipated renovation of a long neglected corner of our neighborhood, is now underway. I posed some questions to Stacy Jurado Miller, Co-Founder and Supportive Housing Developer with the Vecino Group, the new owners of the property, to better understand their vision. — Q: What’s … More Business Spotlight: Intrada, Coming Soon to the corner of Grand Blvd. and Holly Hills

Rediscovering the Known

In the fall of 2016, Grand-Bates entered the social media world by creating a website and joining Instagram. As a tribute to this new adventure, we’ve collected photos of some of the Grand-Bates homes featured on the Instagram account in 2016 to display here on the blog. If you are a resident or frequent visitor … More Rediscovering the Known

A Dozen Reasons to Keep Your Home’s Plaster Walls

For whatever reason, homeowners looking to improve their old house can become obsessed with replacing all their interior plaster walls with drywall, even when plaster walls can be repaired. Based on years of mistakes with old house rehabilitation projects, I’d like to offer a dozen reasons to avoid unnecessary replacement of wall plaster with drywall. … More A Dozen Reasons to Keep Your Home’s Plaster Walls