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

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.…

Read More…

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…

Read More…

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…

Read More…

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…

Read More…

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,…

Read More…

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!

Now that the Pool Table is Gone

By denise | January 14, 2015

Besides the fact that it took up so much space and we rarely used it, the main reason I wanted to get rid of the pool table in the basement was to set up a home gym. I gave up my gym membership last summer. Even though I loved the place and the people who…

Dismantling the Pool Table

By denise | January 10, 2015

One of the things the PO left behind was the pool table in the basement (I think every homeowner tries to leave behind their pool table rather than moving it!). We used it from time-to-time in the early years, but it became a rarity after a couple years. Practically the only time it has been…

Workbench, now Sideboard

By denise | January 9, 2015

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…

It’s a New (Old) Bathroom Floor

By denise | January 8, 2015

I finished the bathroom floor mid-afternoon on Sunday, a relatively short 3-day weekend project. Once we remove the sink and toilet so I can get the remaining blue-and-white tiles out from under them I’ll be going over the floor again it in more detail to be sure I removed every little speck of cement and thinset.…

Well, Hello Gorgeous!

By denise | January 3, 2015

This is where I left the bathroom floor last night after less than 5 hours work. Of course I couldn’t wait to get back to work on it today! I can be a little OCD when it comes to certain things, and this qualified. Sooooo satisfying when the tile pops up cleanly and leaves little…

It All Started Innocently Enough…

By denise | January 2, 2015

…when I wrote my goals for 2015. The first floor bathroom was high on the list, as it had been for several years. After I posted my goals this morning, I was doing a few other things on my laptop and then planning to work out in our new home gym. Then the bathroom floor…

It’s Goal-Setting Time for 2015!

By denise | January 2, 2015

Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to accomplishing some goals in 2015 that have been on my wish list since Day One. Yep, that’s right: come hell or high water, THIS is the year for the bathroom and fireplace! (I just noticed it’s been on my annual Goal list every year since 2012. It’s…

2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

By denise | December 31, 2014

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.…

2014 Recap: The Patio(s)

By denise | December 31, 2014

In addition to adding shrubs near the vegetable garden, I also wanted to add some near the patio. After some research, i decided that Little Henry Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Sprich’) would work well under the pergola. They’ll only grow a few feet tall and wide (supposedly), so they should fill in this area…

2014 Recap: The Vegetable Beds

By denise | December 30, 2014

In May of 2013, this is how our vegetable bed and surrounding area looked. For a long time it was the dumping ground for extra dirt, bricks, flagstone, you-name-it. The area in front of it contained leftover native plants that were either over- or under-performing and I no longer wanted. We let those go over…