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

Sneak Peek

This morning, I no sooner had written the following…

I can’t seem to get a decent shot of the house because of the overhanging branches of our Norway Maple (which nowadays is considered to be an invasive species). I called the village almost a year-and-a-half ago to trim it (since it’s in the parkway, the village is responsible for that), but they seemed to have forgotten about us. I need to call them again, but at this point it might not happen until next spring.

…than I hear the rumbling of trucks down the street. I look out my window, and lo and behold it’s Public Works: cherry picker, wood chipper and all!

I ran out to ask them if they were trimming trees on the street and they said they were there only for the tree across the street. I explained how I called a loooooonnnnnng time ago and they said they’d have to put in a ticket for it and that someone must have forgotten. Boo! But he seemed a little open to squeezing me in, so I said, “Well if you have time to just get a few branches that are hanging over the lawn, that would be awesome.”

I went inside and next thing I know the cherry picker is in our tree. Yippee! I’ve said it before, but the Public Works department is definitely a plus in Morton Grove, especially with snow removal, but also with fall leaf debris removal and now this.

tree trimming

I’ve been taking little breaks throughout the day to try to capture the best light to get the whole awesomeness of the bay windows so you’ll have to wait a little bit longer for that. I’m sure the neighbors think I’m nuts, but it won’t be the last time I go out for that perfect shot. It would probably help if our lawn looked halfway decent. In any case, I really love how it turned out, but I’m still getting used to it too.

storm windows painted and flowersSo here it is: the Official Sneak Peek.

While I have absolutely no problem choosing colors for our interior projects, and 99% of the time it turns out exactly as I expected, or exceeds my expectations, for some reason I am always apprehensive about exterior color choices as evidenced here and here.

So even though I went back to the paint store to darken the outer trim color (which I’m glad I did), it’s still a little bolder than I anticipated and much more gold than I photoshopped. But the color does match the orange-y gold/yellow ochre-y bricks (hey, I should get a job naming colors!), and I think if I go any darker with it then the interior part that is painted to match the color of the upstairs windows will look too light — almost white — which is of course what I was trying to get rid of in the first place!

And yes, while the beige-y color — Cashmere, to be exact — looks lighter in the photo than it really is, there IS a tiny bit of white on the inner, inner part of the windows. I decided not to paint that because those parts move up and down and I was afraid it would get chipped easily. In addition, the outward-facing part of the wood windows (behind the storm windows) are still painted white too, and that shows a little. All the more reason not to go too dark with the outer parts. Whew! Did you follow my logic/justification?

I’d say it’s definitely a big improvement over this though, and the empty planters look much better with the mums we picked up on Sunday at the Skokie Farmer’s Market too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go do my happy dance!


  1. Irma on October 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I am just finishing up reading your blog from beginning to end. First of all, I love your house and all your projects have culminated to present such a well loved and appreciated home.
    I live near the Honeymoon Capital, Niagara Falls, and we have many similar bungalows in our little town. But it’s always enjoyable to hear the history of older homes and see how there is a local cultural difference in various parts of the country. Just one example, how you mentioned “prairie landscaping; prairie plants”. I never thought of where Chicago is geographically, but I guess it makes sense that there would be that kind of influence.
    Anyway, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your journey. It sounds like you soon will be able to just sit back and enjoy the fruits of all your labor. Thank you for sharing!

    • denise on October 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Irma! Thank you so much for your nice comments! I am especially impressed that you read so much of my blog. I always welcome hearing from others who appreciate older homes, and enjoy seeing the local home styles/cultures when we travel to different parts of the country as well. We’ve been to Niagara Falls but didn’t have a lot of time to explore, but that’s where my parents honeymooned, of course! Thanks again for visiting!

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