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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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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Benjamin Moore Paint: Natura vs. Aura

I get a lot of hits from people searching the differences between two lines of Benjamin Moore paint, Natura and Aura. I talked about the differences a while back before Natura was released, but now I’ve had a chance to really compare them side-by-side when I painted the TV room closet. Both paint colors I…

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USB Receptacle

We didn’t get much done on New Year’s Day, but it’s just as well. It was a nice, relaxing day in front of the fire at the very least. Pete did, however, manage to install the USB receptacle we picked up at Home Depot. This outlet is located right at the back door, and besides…

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Spell it Out

Back in June when we were at Elkhorn Flea Market, I contemplated buying a couple of letters, “a” and “e”, from a vendor. Being a graphic designer, it was mainly about the letterform instead of the meaning of the letters, i.e. I didn’t necessarily have to have a “P” and “D” for “Pete and Denise”.…

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Old Door Hardware Resources

As I’ve mentioned, we had four extra original doors that the PO saved and stored in the attic, which happened to be the same amount, and size, we needed for the attic remodel. Three were more narrow, so those will be used for our two closets and the bathroom door. The fourth, wider door is…

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Wall Decor

Some of the walls in our house are really barren, like in the guest room and one wall in the TV room. Other spots are empty but have restrictions, like long and narrow, so I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for interesting wall decor. Earlier in the summer, we were at Elkhorn Flea…

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The Latest Bungalow Happenings

Making good on my goals for 2012, we’re in the middle of a couple of big projects (and they’ll likely be the last for a while as finances are tight tight tight). It didn’t help that we just returned from a nice little trip to Germany where I scored on this pristine vintage coffee tin…

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