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

Interior: Basement

Can You Smell That Smell?

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,…

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A Hole for Cats (or a Very Large Mouse)

In preparation for the impending bathroom remodel, we’re transitioning the cats to use the litter box in the basement. I never wanted to have one in the bathroom in the first place but the basement was such a mess that I was afraid their curiosity would get them into trouble. Over the past several months…

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Closing the Door on Dirty Laundry

We can finally cross the laundry room door off our To-Do List/2015 Goals, and it’s only January 15th! This is another one of my Re-use/Re-purpose projects. The door was the original exterior door to the basement. When we did the attic remodel in 2009, our contractor used a metal door that he had from another…

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Now that the Pool Table is Gone

Besides the fact that it took up so much space and we rarely used it, the main reason I wanted to get rid of the pool table in the basement was to set up a home gym. I gave up my gym membership last summer. Even though I loved the place and the people who…

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Dismantling the Pool Table

One of the things the PO left behind was the pool table in the basement (I think every homeowner tries to leave behind their pool table rather than moving it!). We used it from time-to-time in the early years, but it became a rarity after a couple years. Practically the only time it has been…

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Energy Audit

As a Chicago-area homeowner/renovator/blogger I was contacted a couple months ago by Smart Sealed Insulation who offered us a free energy audit. As an owner of an 80+ year-old brick home with zero main-floor insulation, of course I jumped at the opportunity. We’ve had an energy audit before and even though we have been slow…

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Subterranean Relief and Reuse

It’s hot and humid, and while we thankfully have central air conditioning, we certainly don’t want to work on any projects outside. So recently we’ve been turning our efforts to the basement, which had become rather disorganized ever since our attic remodel last summer (it’s been a year since the contractor finished up with us—that…

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Vintage Bathroom Sink

Right before Thanksgiving, we finally had a working toilet in the basement, but no sink (hand sanitizer was provided). It worked out fine, but we wanted to have a functional sink by Christmas. Around that same time Joanne over at The Box House blog offered up a vintage sink that she garbage-picked in her neighborhood…

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Stained Glass Door

A little more about our stained glass basement, yes basement, door from the previous post. As I said earlier, we brought this door with us from the previous house, however it wasn’t original to the house; it came from Pete’s family cottage, located just over the Wisconsin border. Pete’s grandfather built one of the first…

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Basement Fixed!

I am officially crossing the basement off my list! Come on downstairs. Yes, the stairs themselves leave a lot to be desired, especially since the last two steps have been patched in (see my post on cat pee to read why). When we re-do the stairs to the second floor (located directly above these), we’re…

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