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

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Reducing Cook County Property Taxes, part 3

Over the past few days, I’ve been writing about the very boring, but very important property tax appeal process in Cook County. Apologies if you don’t live in Cook County — I’ll get back to more fun things soon. For those interested homeowners who do live in Cook County, there are several ways to try to reduce your…

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Reducing Cook County Property Taxes, part 2

Yesterday I offered resources to help you appeal your Cook County property tax assessment, especially if your township is open for appeals. If you’re in Niles Township, that deadline is this Thursday, October 6th. Note that you must submit the application by that date, however you can indicate that you’ll send supporting evidence/documentation later. For Niles…

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Reducing Cook County Property Taxes

Six years ago, I wrote about the Cook County Property Tax Homeowner Exemption, which is a reduction in the assessed valuation of your home and decreases the property taxes for owner-occupied residences here in Cook County. I checked and updated the information there to reflect any new links, so go there if you want to know more…

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Cleaning the Limestone

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

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…

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New Look

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!

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

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

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…

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Happy 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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