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

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Hardscaping the Yard, Part 2

Once the dirt digging was done we were ready for our hardscaping materials. After shopping around for red pavers, I knew I didn’t want the more generic concrete pavers, like Unilock. It just wouldn’t look right with our natural flagstone and our old bungalow: too new-looking and too uniform. Of course concrete pavers are cheaper…

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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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Drinks on the Patio, SOON!

I can hardly believe it, but for all intents and purposes, we are finished with our patio with plenty of time to spare before our Memorial Day deadline! Over the weekend we still had plenty left to do. The first day was spent leveling every single stone. First we tried to mark the pitch with…

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Dry Fit

We have all of the major pieces of flagstone in place, and we just barely had enough stone. We still have a number of smaller pieces (shown strewn about on top of the big pieces) which we’ll have to chisel down to fit into the smaller holes, but for the most part I think we…

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Patio Puzzle

As our patio project progresses, we’ve reached the part where we’re exercising both our bodies and our minds. Not only are these flagstones heavy as sin, we also have to spend considerable time figuring out how they will best fit together. Sometimes that means moving a piece in to find that it just won’t work,…

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Going Native

I’ve been a proponent of gardening with native plants for well over 10 years now. Not only are there an interesting and beautiful variety of forbs (flowers) and grasses, but they’re drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and they need little attention once they get going. By no means am I an expert gardener (and truth be told I…

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Mr. Wonderful

While I toiled away inside (yes, I really had work to do), here’s what my wonderful husband was doing: In the rain. And the cold. Then it started sleeting and snowing. He kept at it. What a trooper. I’m making him a big batch of soup. We bought landscape edging for the garden paths and…

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Mmmm, What’s Cookin’?

Usually a snowstorm is the perfect time to cook up some comfort food. But today we’re going to cook up some Bungalow Goodness. So let’s get out our Good Ol’ Irish Stew Pot and start cooking, shall we? Take several paint-encrusted brass fixture parts and add to pot. Cover completely with water and bring to…

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Plaster Information

In all the research I was doing earlier about patching plaster walls, I don’t know why I didn’t come across this excellent Preservation Brief from the National Park Service. It first gives the historical background of plaster and then talks about common plaster problems and the various ways to repair the plaster depending on the…

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Clean Slate

Remember our eyesore of a kitchen? Half-painted screaming yellow walls? Wagon-wheel cabinet trim/plate rail that served no purpose, decorative or otherwise? Blue-and-yellow bathroom tile for the backsplash? Exposed wiring in the ceiling? Ah yes, it was quite the site to behold! Not knowing when we will renovate the kitchen, I had to make the kitchen…

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