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

This Finally Happened Today


That’s right people; it’s a drop cloth in the bathtub, which could only mean it’s the day I’ve been waiting for — for almost the past 8 years!

It was a pain to start, but while Pete worked on the one tub wall, I worked on the other.


After a couple hours, we were down to the Durock on both walls.



We were able to find most of the screws that held the cement board to the studs, and this is where we stopped for the day.


I knew the chimney was behind the wall opposite the shower head, however I didn’t expect that it wouldn’t span the entire width of the tub. Still, I’m planning to keep the brick exposed in some shape or form; possibly exposing that entire wall.


We probably won’t go any further until next weekend, but we’re on our way!


  1. Chris Cole on March 26, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I am intrigued by your comment about leaving the brick chimney exposed? How do you propose to do that? Will you replace the end wall with plexiglass?

    I would ber wary of having bricks in such a humid environment.

    • denise on March 27, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Hi Chris! No I don’t plan to cover it with plexiglas or anything. For one, this bathroom is rarely used for showering; it acts as a guest bathroom (and mostly powder room) so it rarely, if ever, gets humid. This is the same Chicago common brick that has withstood 85 years of Chicago weather on our bungalow exterior, including humid summers, so I don’t see how it would be adversely affected by the occasional shower or bath. I also happen to be designing a website for a reseller of salvaged Chicago brick and they didn’t see an issue with it at all. I asked if I should seal the brick and they suggested not to; that it would ruin the look of it. They have sold common brick to be used as pavers for patios in Florida and the Caribbean so I’m confident it won’t be an issue here.

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