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

One Down…

…three to go.

We passed our rough plumbing inspection yesterday! Woo hoo!

Isn’t she pretty?

Master Bathroom

Laundry Room

Pipe in floor joists

Rough framing, electrical and mechanical will be combined into one inspection.

Wish us luck.


  1. Gene on June 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Congrats! Isn’t it a great feeling?

    Good luck on the other inspections.

  2. Lisa on June 18, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Congrats on passing. These things are always unerving. On a side note I just read your Robin’s nest post. So sweet of you both to take such care to make it right again. It was an honest mistake. I’m sure the Mama will come back.

    Take care,

  3. Sean on June 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    The dormer looks great.

    After much hand-wringing, due to my mother and grandmother’s failing health, my wife and I are moving in to my mother’s house at the end of August, which aside from the hip versus clipped gable dormers is eerily similar to yours. I’m in the processes of updating my old room and walk in closet in the attic to our living space. The space was finished with radiators and a full bath in the small dormer on the east side of the house many years ago; judging by the low tank two-piece toilet and freestanding tub, I’m guessing at least 30 . While it’s not in the budget this year, I’d like to dormer at least one side of the roof as I’m 6’4″ and my wife is 6’1″. If it’s not too personal, do you mind sharing the approximate cost? I would just need the roof, framed, cut and sided as I can do the interior finish work myself. The current roof is holding strong, but it is the third roof and it was last replaced in ’87 with a 10 year warranty, so I know it’s on borrowed time. I’d like to go back to a tiled roof with copper gutters, or one of the tile-look panel roof systems(blasphemy I know!) and possibly get some sort of discount for rolling it all into one project. Also, how big of a hassle was it to get the plans approved?

    Thanks in advance,


    p.s. I’m sure it’s obvious, but my wife says I talk too much…..

  4. denise on June 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Gene and Lisa: Thanks, it IS a great feeling. Unfortunately we had to fix some things on the electrical, but it didn’t seem too bad.

    Sean: LOL on your p.s.! Re: costs, it’s kind of hard to say, as some things are lumped together, but based on our costs I would say it could run anywhere between $25-35K to build the dormer to rough framing, replace the roof and install siding (based on asphalt shingles).

    And I don’t think it’s blasphemy to go with the tile look panels — you’re talking aluminum roof, right? It’s a really “green” way to go. We noticed a jumbo bungalow in the neighborhood did that, and I don’t think most people would be able to tell the difference. I thought about doing it too, but our bungalow would have never had that type of roof to begin with.

    Re: plan approval, it was no hassle at all for us here in Morton Grove, but it could be a totally different story if you live in the city or another ‘burb.

    Good luck. It sounds like you and your wife are making the best out of a difficult situation and I hope your family’s health improves.

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