A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Tuna Box

By denise | October 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

When do you ever see a box, made out of solid wood, which was used to ship goods overseas, such as 48 7-oz. cans of tuna? We found this a little while back in our basement. Angola, sometimes known as Portuguese West Africa, was under Portuguese rule until 1975. They gained independence after a 15-year…

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Workbench, now Sideboard

By denise | January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Finally, and as promised, here is my grandfather’s wonderful workbench in its new role as our dining room sideboard. When we initially moved it inside, I wasn’t quite sure I liked it and my heart sank. I was hoping it just needed some balance with other things. I moved a large plant near it, added…

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3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

By denise | May 14, 2011 | 15 Comments

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour! Be sure to visit all 10 or so bungalows on the tour (links from-and-to the next blog are provided at the bottom of each bungalow’s post). As always, comments and questions welcomed and encouraged! Built in 1929, our bungalow is a classic Chicago-style brick bungalow, one of…

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Happy 8th House-iversary

By denise | June 23, 2015 | 7 Comments

EIGHT YEARS! How time flies—I really can’t believe we’ve lived here for 8 years already (technically I’m two days early, but still)! Unfortunately I missed our anniversary last year, but we’ll just chalk that up to the 7-year itch with houseblogging, as I strayed a bit from that last year. 🙂 On our House-iversary two years ago,…

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2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

By denise | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The rest of our garden, extending from the flagstone patio toward the front of the house, did very well last summer. Every spring I think that I should have planted bulbs the previous fall to fill in bare spots as the perennials wake up, but I never do it. I guess there’s always next year.…

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Greetings! My husband and I have been working on renovating, remodeling and restoring our 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow, inside and out, since Day One in 2007 (even before we owned the house!).

You’ll find the most recent posts below, or check out some hand-selected feature posts from the past above. I may change them with the season, feature a certain topic or choose random posts that were updated. Enjoy!

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Cleaning the Limestone

By denise | September 6, 2016

Last winter we went to one of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association lectures, which are held in various Chicago public libraries around the city. This particular one had a panel of experts in various home building fields — plumbing, HVAC, architecture, masonry, etc. — to answer questions from the audience. A couple people hogged a…

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Rethinking the Box

By denise | September 4, 2016

Over the past couple of years I decided that my box o’ grasses wasn’t really working out as I desired. Initially I wanted them to act as a privacy hedge from our neighbor’s yard, and while eventually they did, it would take half the summer before they got tall enough. There were a couple other…

New Look

By denise | September 3, 2016

Well, I decided to bite the bullet and update the site. It’ll be a work in progress, so some things might look a little funky until I can go through and update things. On the home page I thought I’d add a Feature Post section/slider and change those from time-to-time. I’ll update some photos and…

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Fireplace Before & After!

By denise | August 27, 2016

I went through ALL of my house photos, and this is the absolute “best” photo of the BEFORE fireplace, i.e. working within the constraints of the PO’s “vision” for the fireplace he installed (which is SO not original to the house), and how I tried to make it work for us, at least temporarily. And…

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Finishing the Bookcases

By denise | August 26, 2016

I fully intended to keep up with the blog this year but obviously that hasn’t happened. I even missed our 9th “House-iversary” in June— sigh. Now that summer is almost over, I’ll really try and catch up. I’d also like to change the site design from this generic one, since that’s (part of) what I…

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Bookcase Progress

By denise | January 17, 2016

It seems like our progress on the fireplace remodel has been super slow, but considering I had to stain about 50 feet of birch plywood, I guess we’re not doing too badly. We’ve had to hold off on the tiling the mantel section until we install at least the bottom bookcase sections. We added the…

Happy 2016!

By denise | January 2, 2016

Happy New Year everyone! Even though I usually prefer to stay at home for New Year’s Eve, we went to a party for a change of pace and had a nice time. Over the past several years I have also been hosting a New Year’s Eve Day brunch with a few friends, which I did…

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Can You Smell That Smell?

By denise | December 29, 2015

In addition to accomplishing most of the goals I set out to do this year, there are some things that come up over the course of the year that you may or may not have control over. For instance, we also demo’d the pool table, which wasn’t on the Goal List, as well as stripped,…

2015 Accomplishments

By denise | December 29, 2015

Even though we didn’t seem all that productive I’m feeling really good about our accomplishments in 2015! The number one and two projects on my list—and major thorns in my side—were finally removed! (A big thanks to my wonderful husband, Pete, who was instrumental in removing said thorns.) I have yet to post the final…

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‘Twas the Day Before Christmas Eve

By denise | December 23, 2015

And I’m about to tile the fireplace! Apparently my busy summer went into a busy fall and now what is supposed to be “winter” (it’ll be a balmy 60° in Chicago today!). I was going through photos this morning to see what, if anything, we’ve done in the house since I last posted in August. Except for…