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

Master Suite

Back on Track

Not only did I clean the bedroom this weekend (the Apartment Therapy January Cure weekend assignment), but we also cleaned the floors in the entire house which was the assignment for the first weekend that I had opted to postpone. Look at how nice that hardwood looks! I also decided to move the clothes hamper…

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Dreary Afternoon

To me, there’s nothing better to do on a dreary, rainy Sunday afternoon when I have the house to myself than to curl up in our master bedroom window seat with a latte, a cat or two and the latest This Old House magazine. Pete is at the cottage, of course, and I jumped at…

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What a Difference a Door Makes!

All the doors in our attic remodel are installed and trimmed out. It makes such a difference in the look and feel of the attic reno. It finally feels like it’s really a part of the rest of the house. The carpenter still needs to install the doorknobs. I’m sure we could do it ourselves,…

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Behind Closed Doors

That’s right, folks. We not only have doors, we can close them. It’s not quite finished yet, but if all goes well tomorrow, the doors should be done, done, DONE! Bathroom privacy, what a concept! More about this little laundry room door project later. And this is what we’re sleeping with tonight: He usually does…

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Taking One Last Look

I can scarcely believe it, and I don’t want to jinx it, but it appears that we are about to reach a pretty big milestone in the attic renovation, after three years: DOORS. The carpenter is coming bright and early in the morning. He has 5 doors to install including the closets along with 3…

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Bath Time

Continuing with our “clean theme” for the new year, we were able to start using the master bathroom back in mid-October even though it wasn’t quite finished. As you can see here: no fixtures for hanging towels, toilet paper; no mirror or light above the sink; sink temporarily installed on a plywood countertop; no shower…

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Wash, Move, Chop, Adjust, Relax.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo over the weekend. Of course, our washer and dryer were delivered in the middle of the day, preventing me from straying far from home. I had plenty of other things to do around the house, so I guess it’s just as…

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The Pitfalls of DIY

Practically another week has gone by, and while we’re nearing one finish line, there are still more and more things to do before we can start to enjoy our new remodeled attic space. It’s really starting to wear thin. With the October chill in the air, all I want to do is “nest” in my…

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Yes, We’re Still in the Bathroom

You may be wondering when it will ever end — when will they just finish their frickin’ bathroom and move on with their lives? By this time next week, we hope to do just that. But for now, we’re still in the grout stage. This photo was taken earlier this week with just the back…

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Mojave Monday

We received word that our master bathroom cabinets are ready to be delivered! While very exciting, it also puts us under the gun to finish tiling. The contractor was already bugging us to finish, so it’s just as well that we got an extra nudge. On Sunday we finished the shower interior, including the shower…

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