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

Posts Tagged ‘before-and-after’

Fireplace Before & After!

I went through ALL of my house photos, and this is the absolute “best” photo of the BEFORE fireplace, i.e. working within the constraints of the PO’s “vision” for the fireplace he installed (which is SO not original to the house), and how I tried to make it work for us, at least temporarily. And…

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Happy 6th House-iversary!

As of today it has already been six years since we moved into the bungalow! In previous anniversary posts, I’ve gone through the general changes year-by-year as well as a “the more things change, the more they stay the same” post. This year, since we’ve been working so much on the yard I looked back…

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The Kitchen Cabinet Project

Now that 2011 is almost over I noticed that I never set any house project goals for the year. Based on the 2010 goals and accomplishments (or lack thereof), the unofficial goal for 2011 would have been to finish whatever was left for 2010 (and 2009 for that matter). Alas, the most daunting project —…

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3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

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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2nd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

I’m pleased to join the Bungalow Blog Tour that StuccoHouse organized this year — be sure to check out all the bungalows on the tour by following the links at the bottom of each post. Welcome to our near-north suburban Chicago home! Here in the Windy City we do many things Chicago-style, from politics to…

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The Painted Kitchen: A Timeline

Before we moved into the bungalow almost three years ago, the kitchen looked like this: Shortly after we moved in, one of the first projects was to get rid of the half-assed screaming yellow paint job (yes, the PO painted only parts of the walls before running out of steam). Since we weren’t going to…

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Happy Anniversary, Bungalow!

Wow, I just realized that we closed on the bungalow exactly two years ago today! While a lot has changed in a relatively short period of time, some things remain the same in a manner of speaking, so I thought I’d do a little That was then, This is now picture show. Then, the PO’s…

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TV Room Transformation: A Pictorial

Except for hanging more pictures and stuff on the walls, our TV room is done. Done. DONE. Here is where we started, in the summer of 2007 when we first moved in. All woodwork was painted white. All walls were painted white. Fall 2007. We trashed the icky plastic blinds. Redi-Shades went up while we…

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Basement Fixed!

I am officially crossing the basement off my list! Come on downstairs. Yes, the stairs themselves leave a lot to be desired, especially since the last two steps have been patched in (see my post on cat pee to read why). When we re-do the stairs to the second floor (located directly above these), we’re…

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Summer Growth

Well, I wish I could say that we’ve been away on a fabulous vacation, but alas, no such luck. I’ve just been too busy with work to post anything. That, and we haven’t done all that much around the bungalow. I do have some new things to report, however, so I’ll get to those as…

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