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

Meanwhile, in the Bathroom…

On Saturday as I was demo’ing the fireplace I was stacking the stones on the front porch because I didn’t want to put out the Bagster until Sunday when we’d be doing the bulk of the destruction. So once the porch was pretty full I turned my attention back to the bathroom where I could dump debris in the bathtub.

One last look.


I was anxious to see what lay behind the wall. I wondered if the entire room was demo’d in this 1990s remodel or if an original wall was covered.


Nope, more brick, but that’s perfectly okay.


This is about as far as I got on Saturday.


Not looking forward to that ceiling…


On Monday, our friend Rod came over to help us, and between he and Pete, they made quick work of the demo. While I picked up tile, they did this (yay, I didn’t have to do the ceiling!).




The rest of the afternoon was spent removing screws, nails and various debris. Plus lots of cleanup, obviously.



Needless to say the Bagster was filled up in no time at all.


  1. Jan on April 2, 2015 at 11:01 am


    Will you replace the window with a window that matches the rest of your windows? What kind of insulation will you use?

    • denise on April 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      Unfortunately the budget won’t allow for a new window here so we’re going to have to keep the glass block. It doesn’t bother me that much, but we will add spray foam around the glass. I’ve been looking into the insulation debate, and according to a thread on greenbuildingadvisor.com, you either insulate the brick exterior (which isn’t going to happen), or you don’t insulate and concentrate instead on sealing air leaks from above (which we have done with open cell foam insulation in the attic remodel) and below (via the basement, which we’ve also done to some extent).

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