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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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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Busy, Busy!

We’ve had a busy, busy summer, hence the lack of posts. After family visited and I had my little trip downstate, we went to Traverse City, MI for a few days at the end of July with some friends and had a great time. I bought a print at an art fair and we also bought a couple of…

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Original Bathroom Remnants

During the bathroom cleanup we vacuumed up lots of debris that had remained in the tub cavity from the PO’s 1990s remodel. Much of it was chunks of old plaster. I was thankful that at least the old plaster walls had been completely demolished in the bathroom instead of installing sheetrock over it like they did in…

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Happy Pet Adoption Day!

Hard to believe that it’s already one year ago this weekend when we brought these adorable two girls, Romy and Lena, home from the shelter. They were both about six months old at the time (but are not litter mates). It didn’t take long for them to discover the heated bathroom floor, where we often…

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It’s Goal-Setting Time for 2015!

Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to accomplishing some goals in 2015 that have been on my wish list since Day One. Yep, that’s right: come hell or high water, THIS is the year for the bathroom and fireplace! (I just noticed it’s been on my annual Goal list every year since 2012. It’s…

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Craigslist Love, Part 3: Uli

“Uli” (short for Ulrich) is/was my beloved 1987 VW Cabriolet. It was the car I was driving when Pete and I first started dating. He was driving a 1981 VW Vanagon (which we named Ludwig von Vanagon). One of our favorite stories is that I couldn’t wait until we had been dating long enough for…

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Craigslist Love, Part 2

With cash in hand for my bookcases, I was excited to make more sales. I started a spreadsheet with all the things I planned to sell, what I originally paid for them, my starting price, date first listed, price modifications if I wasn’t getting any responses and what they eventually sold for. Yeah, I was…

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