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

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Cleaning the Limestone

Last winter we went to one of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association lectures, which are held in various Chicago public libraries around the city. This particular one had a panel of experts in various home building fields — plumbing, HVAC, architecture, masonry, etc. — to answer questions from the audience. A couple people hogged a…

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Back on Track

Not only did I clean the bedroom this weekend (the Apartment Therapy January Cure weekend assignment), but we also cleaned the floors in the entire house which was the assignment for the first weekend that I had opted to postpone. Look at how nice that hardwood looks! I also decided to move the clothes hamper…

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My Reward

Found a dark chocolate raspberry truffle, still wrapped (from Christmas), on the kitchen shelf I still had left to clean. The perfect reward to accompany my afternoon latte for a job well done (at least that’s what I’m telling myself!).

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Day One: Make a List of Projects

Today was the first day of Apartment Therapy’s January Cure to get your house in shape over the next 30 days. I call Organizing one of my favorite “hobbies” (only half-jokingly) but I also sometimes need a little push to get going, so this was a welcome challenge at the start of a new year.…

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A (Momentarily) Clean Kitchen

About a week ago I thoroughly cleaned the kitchen so I thought I better take some pictures to remind myself how nice it can look (and give me incentive to keep it that way!). I thought they turned out pretty well so I thought I’d share them with you. First up is the overall view…

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Kitchen Cure: Week One Results

Although I completed Apartment Therapy’s Week One Kitchen Cure assignment last weekend, I’m totally behind on my posts. First I removed everything from the pantry, wiped down the shelves and got rid of things I hadn’t used in ages, like the corn syrup I used to make ice cream fudge sauce for Christmas gifts one…

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Kitchen Cure: Week One

As I mentioned a few days ago, I signed up for Apartment Therapy’s Kitchen Cure, a four-week program to designed to whip your kitchen in shape. It kicks off this weekend, so if you’d like to join me and over 2,000 others, just follow the link above. This afternoon I received my first assignment: Clean…

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He Was Such an Ashwipe

Mainly because of our bat issue, we really needed to have a cap installed on our furnace chimney. Pete still thought the little bugger somehow got into our house via the chimney and through a small gap where the duct ends over the hot water tank. I was skeptical — it seemed a little far-fetched…

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Random Renovation Report

Just a few random things today. A lot has been happening, but nothing too exciting, in pictures or words. We had our rough framing, electrical and mechanical (HVAC) inspections last week. We needed to fix a few things on the electrical and framing, but it didn’t seem to be anything major. We passed our mechanical…

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Deeds and Chores

Well, I just spent the morning at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds poring over the history of our house. I found some interesting information, but I need to go through it all and sort it out before I can write about it. Pete and I did some early spring cleaning on Sunday too, so…

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