We are Denise and Pete, married since 1990. We live in Morton Grove, Illinois — a small suburb just north of Chicago.
After almost two years of discussion, angst, and finally, negotiation, we bought a 1929 Chicago-style bay-front brick bungalow from our (now former) neighbor. Our previous house, only 90 feet away, was an okay but unremarkable 1963 raised ranch without much character.
Although the previous house was first owned by Pete's grandparents after they retired, he had no emotional attachment to it (moving out of the suburbs would prove to be another story).
I, your author Denise, after living in a 1920s-era apartment in Chicago, moved in with him planning to stay in the house "6 or 7 years" until his daughters were in college and then finding a home with character to renovate (preferably in the city).
Fast-forward seventeen years.
After looking at dozens of nice and not-so-nice Chicago-style bungalows in several north side Chicago neighborhoods, the bungalow that would make both of us happy was right in front of us all along.
While the “bones” of the house were solid, there definitely were issues: an attic stacked with 200 sheets of 10-year-old drywall, some “interesting” renovating/decorating decisions, original woodwork painted white throughout, damaged plaster walls also covered in white, and a basement-turned-litterbox, to name a few. We‘ve slowly been breathing life (and color) back into the house.
To get a hold of us you can send an email to:
owners [at] bungalowchronicles [dot] com
To see the transformations of various rooms, visit the Before/After page.