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

Before | After

Here is where you’ll find before-and-after overviews and pictures of our home improvement projects. Click on any of the photos to read more about the project.

Living Room

Living Room before-and-after

Dining Room

Dining Room before-and-after

Kitchen

Kitchen before-and-after

Basement

Basement before-and-after

Windows

Living Room before-and-after

8 Comments

  1. Loraine on March 7, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Denise – What a lovely house. I have a 1924 bungalow in the Mayfair neighborhood (northwest side of Chicago). I’m contemplating making some improvements … but I wanted to ask about those book cases. The ones in the dining room. Where did you get them?

  2. denise on March 7, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Loraine! Yes, Mayfair! We looked at a number of bungalows in your neighborhood before this deal finally came through. Our bookcases are called Encore Library Bookcases and come from Dania Furniture in Northbrook. I highly recommend them. They’re very sturdy and can handle lots of books without the shelves sagging. They also have a close-out room where you can sometimes find the bookcases for a good discount.

  3. Chavonnia on August 8, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Denise,

    I wanted to know prior to purchasing the house did you and your husband have reno experience. I live in milwakee and we’re thinking baout purchasing a home that has potential to AWESOME! (2900 n 46th milwaukee, wi 53218) but I’m not experienced in DIY projects and wouldnt know where to begin. do you have any suggestions?

    • denise on August 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Chavonnia! It’s hard to gauge what you might consider “reno experience”. In our previous house the biggest things we tackled were updating the bathroom (replace floor tile, replace vanity and toilet) and installed laminate flooring in the basement. Before I came along my husband finished the basement (paneling, drop ceiling, etc.–yuck!) and I always did things like painting and hanging pictures wherever I lived, so nothing major. Yes, we both came into this house feeling comfortable with a hammer and other tools but a lot of it has involved research into how to do something or reading directions–you can learn and do a lot of things that way! I’ve gotten a lot of help through other houseblogs and various web sites too. Many people are able to enlist help from parents, friends or even nice neighbors. Stores like Home Depot or a tile shop frequently offer “How-To” clinics on various home repair/remodeling subjects. Really, I think as long as you have the desire and vision to remodel a fixer-upper–and it sounds like you do–I think that’s half the battle. Let me know if you have any other questions, otherwise good luck! It looks like an awesome neighborhood!

  4. G Andros on December 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Wow!! I think you made some great decisions, great job!
    We have a Prairie style in the city that is almost identical to yours on the outside but slightly different on the inside. I found your blog while searching for attic ideas and I’m so glad I did.
    Did you extend your kitchen at all?
    Did you add dormers or change the pitch of your roof?

    • denise on December 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Hi G Andros–
      Thanks! Yes, we added one dormer for our master bedroom/bathroom toward the back of the house. We didn’t change the pitch of the roof because we already had plenty of clearance. I know other bungalows don’t have as much attic ceiling height as ours though, so we were really lucky there.

      We didn’t extend the kitchen at all; just rearranged the layout—I was hoping to add a mudroom under the back porch and off the kitchen but we had to make budget cuts somewhere so that was axed.

  5. lynn on January 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I am I the only one foolish enough to tackle this pink and green tile pink and green tile? HELP!

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