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

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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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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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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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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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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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!

C’mon, is that IT?

By denise | June 4, 2007

Here in Chicago we’ve heard nothing in the news besides “It’s Cicada Mania!” or “Cooking with Cicadas: High in Protein and Yummy too! (They taste like chicken!)”. Okay, I made up the part about the chicken. But I had visions of not being able to step outside without having to dodge flying cicadas or wade…

Baby Season in the Backyard

By denise | May 29, 2007

We’’ve been enjoying the nice weather the past couple of weeks and have been sitting on the porch or patio as much as possible before the much-touted emergence of the 17-year cicadas, aka Northern Illinois Brood (Marlatt’s XIII) in our area. According to the University of Illinois Extension, it has the reputation of being the…

A Sunny Kitchen

By denise | May 25, 2007

As anxious as I am about moving out of the 1962 raised ranch in which I have lived for 17 years, there are some things that I will miss about the place, such as the kitchen sunlight. Even though the bungalow has the same orientation as this house, it doesn’t have windows as large or…

Home on the Prairie

By denise | May 23, 2007

I’m a flatlander. While others wonder how we can stand the flatness of Illinois, I have a deep appreciation for it. I especially love driving down I-57 toward Champaign-Urbana around sunset. The colors in the sky are beautiful and all you see for miles is an open expanse of land, mostly farmland. The horizon is…

Happy Plumbing

By denise | May 18, 2007

The plumber rodded out the sewer, fixed the ejector pump, installed the basement toilet in the main bathroom and put the green-eyed monster toilet in D’’s storage pod. It was nothing major, thank the “Reno” gods. Pete pulled up the vinyl sheet flooring, which was a little hard to do but he managed. There was…

Let the Demolition Begin

By denise | May 17, 2007

We broke the news last week to D about the mold needing to be removed in the bathroom before our loan could be approved. He was not pleased but we quickly offered up our plan to demo the bathroom now. Turns out D is on vacation for 2 weeks anyway, so we would have easy…

Mold Be Gone

By denise | May 16, 2007

The bank called last week. They said that the appraiser had been out to the bungalow and that the house appraised fine, however the basement bathroom is an issue. There is mold everywhere in that bathroom which we were well aware of. When we were haggling over the price, I brought up the bathroom issue…

The months drag on

By denise | May 13, 2007

I like to plan. I like to make lists. I like to get things done. I like that sense of accomplishment. I’m usually not a very patient person. To purchase this bungalow from our neighbor, I have had to become a patient person. It has been quite an exercise for me and I’’m sure I’’ll…

The neighbor visits…

By denise | May 12, 2007

While I continued to plan and dream about either adding on to our current house or moving, our neighbor down the block stops by to let us know that he’’s getting married. We’’ve known this neighbor, D, for a long time. Most of our neighbors have been around for a long time and we’’re all…

Here’s How it All Started…

By denise | May 11, 2007

We are Denise (the author of this blog) and Pete. We are under contract on this Chicago-style bay bungalow in Morton Grove, Illinois, a small suburb just north of Chicago. We currently own a 1963 raised ranch. It’’s a perfectly nice house, for someone else. I’’ve lived there since Pete and I got engaged in October…