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

Posts Tagged ‘demolition’

Buh-Bye Bagster!

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…

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I’m on Fire (in a sense)!

Here’s one last look at the stone veneer fireplace that I’ve been wanting to demolish as long as the bathroom tile (almost eight loooooooong years). Since we have the Bagster ready to go for the bathroom, it made the most sense to me to fill it up as much as possible — and what better…

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It All Started Innocently Enough…

…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…

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Cottage Demo, Continued

Although we’ve spent more time working on the cottage, I’m afraid I don’t have much more to show you. I don’t know about you, but to me a bunch of photos showing walls demolished to the studs is not very interesting. But if they have a nice view through the patio doors, it makes up…

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Stairway Demo’d!

Last week I stopped at the millwork to pick out a profile from a number of different samples that had been created with custom knives for our staircase hand railings. Once the knife is created it can be used again and again, so if you can use an existing knife for your woodwork, you can…

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The Cottage Makeover Begins

This is the big weekend project that I mentioned last week. Pete’s family has owned this cottage since the 1940s. It was built by his grandfather and has gone through a number of changes when it passed to his parents as Pete and his 5 siblings grew up, got married and had children. The last…

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Finishing What I Started, and the Cure

A number of months back, I tore open a section in our kitchen wall in the hopes I would find the remnants of the original built-in ironing board — I thought it would be cool to turn into a spice rack. No such luck. It wasn’t a lost cause, however, because the ultimate goal was…

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Happy Plumbing

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…

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Let the Demolition Begin

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…

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Mold Be Gone

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…

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