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

Workbench, now Sideboard

By denise | January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Finally, and as promised, here is my grandfather’s wonderful workbench in its new role as our dining room sideboard. When we initially moved it inside, I wasn’t quite sure I liked it and my heart sank. I was hoping it just needed some balance with other things. I moved a large plant near it, added…

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2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

By denise | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The rest of our garden, extending from the flagstone patio toward the front of the house, did very well last summer. Every spring I think that I should have planted bulbs the previous fall to fill in bare spots as the perennials wake up, but I never do it. I guess there’s always next year.…

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Happy 8th House-iversary

By denise | June 23, 2015 | 7 Comments

EIGHT YEARS! How time flies—I really can’t believe we’ve lived here for 8 years already (technically I’m two days early, but still)! Unfortunately I missed our anniversary last year, but we’ll just chalk that up to the 7-year itch with houseblogging, as I strayed a bit from that last year. 🙂 On our House-iversary two years ago,…

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Tuna Box

By denise | October 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

When do you ever see a box, made out of solid wood, which was used to ship goods overseas, such as 48 7-oz. cans of tuna? We found this a little while back in our basement. Angola, sometimes known as Portuguese West Africa, was under Portuguese rule until 1975. They gained independence after a 15-year…

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3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

By denise | May 14, 2011 | 15 Comments

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour! Be sure to visit all 10 or so bungalows on the tour (links from-and-to the next blog are provided at the bottom of each bungalow’s post). As always, comments and questions welcomed and encouraged! Built in 1929, our bungalow is a classic Chicago-style brick bungalow, one of…

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Greetings! My husband and I have been working on renovating, remodeling and restoring our 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow, inside and out, since Day One in 2007 (even before we owned the house!).

You’ll find the most recent posts below, or check out some hand-selected feature posts from the past above. I may change them with the season, feature a certain topic or choose random posts that were updated. Enjoy!

Original Bathroom Remnants

By denise | May 22, 2015

During the bathroom cleanup we vacuumed up lots of debris that had remained in the tub cavity from the PO’s 1990s remodel. Much of it was chunks of old plaster. I was thankful that at least the old plaster walls had been completely demolished in the bathroom instead of installing sheetrock over it like they did in…

Slated for Completion

By denise | May 12, 2015

The stone place I called last week about cutting the pool table slate finally called me back. I thought they were going to blow me off and not call back at all, but the guy who called was super nice. He didn’t recommend using slate, however, because he said it stains easily, it’s fairly soft as…

Our Little Oak is Growing Up

By denise | May 7, 2015

Almost six years ago to the day, I bought a Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) sapling for our side yard at the annual Native Plant Sale in north suburban Libertyville. It wasn’t more than 2-1/2 or 3 feet tall with two leaders. Shortly after that we started our attic renovation and “protected it” with our little…

The Bathroom Punch List

By denise | May 7, 2015

We’re in the home stretch on our beautiful new bathroom. Over the weekend we decided to try cutting the slate from the pool table for the bathroom window ledge since those were going to be straight cuts. First Pete used a rotary saw with a diamond blade to do a rough cut. Since it was…

Came up a Little Short

By denise | April 28, 2015

Last week Pete and I worked feverishly on the bathroom to try to get it finished. We had to at least have a working bathroom by last Friday because we were having houseguests for the weekend, and I was also hosting a small gathering of high school friends in preparation for a junior high school…

Bathroom Odds & Ends

By denise | April 18, 2015

Last night we cut and installed the top half of the sink/toilet wall. Sconces will go on either side of the medicine cabinet. We’re a little shy of 8 feet long, so we had to cut some of the long ends off. Lo and behold the leftover strips from these 2 sheets will fit perfectly side-by-side…

More Bathroom Progress

By denise | April 14, 2015

I’m sure everyone has been anxious to see how far we’ve progressed on the Great Bathroom Project of 2015! We have definitely made good progress, but of course not as far as I hoped. The framing took much longer than I expected but it will be well worth the delay. We had to add framing in some…

Slooooowwww Going

By denise | April 7, 2015

I really thought we’d have the cement board AND most of the green board installed in the bathroom by the end of the weekend. On Saturday I worked on removing the drop ceiling over the tub (there was a can light over the tub, but there are several light sources in the room and no reason for…

Buh-Bye Bagster!

By denise | April 4, 2015

I scheduled the Bagster pick-up for Tuesday when I knew it’d be filled to the brim with fireplace and bathroom carnage. One thing they don’t tell you is if you want/need it to be picked up on the day you specify you have to pay extra ($65 in our case). Our street is not well…

Meanwhile, in the Bathroom…

By denise | April 2, 2015

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…