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

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Errant Tomatoes, But We’ll Take Them!

Earlier this summer Pete noticed that a couple of tomato plants had sprouted in our compost bin and also in the alley right next to the bin. We haven’t tended to the compost much lately so he just let it go to see what would happen. (We recently purchased an indoor composter which we keep…

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Who Could Hate a Butterfly?

What do you think of when you hear the word “butterfly”? You probably think, “Pretty! A beneficial and useful creature!” All true. But in the kitchen, butterfly sinks are the scourge of the earth. Trust me, I know. What’s a butterfly sink, you ask? It’s two squarish bowls at right angles to each other (hence…

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More on CKW

My astute brother-in-law, Bob, sent me a little more information on CKW, or Cicada Killer Wasps. Turns out they are considered to be a beneficial insect after all! According to Wikipedia, Cicada killers exert a natural control on cicada populations and thus may directly benefit the deciduous trees upon which cicadas feed. As he points…

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Who Dug This Hole?

We’re getting ready to plant native grass seed in the side yard next to our patio. Pete dug up the last of the crabgrass and weeds last weekend and three cubic yards of leaf compost are being delivered on Saturday. Over the past couple of days, we’ve noticed several holes in this area which have…

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Finally, Members of the Clean Plate Club

This is the dishwasher that came with the house. Considering it sounded like a train roaring through our kitchen, you’d think it was hard at work scrubbing off those food bits and getting everything squeaky clean. But this is how our dishes looked after a spin through it. Yuck. The glassware was even worse. The…

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Waiting for “Nature’s Miracle”

Since the day we closed on the bungalow we’ve been working on the cat litter and urine smell that has permeated the basement there. We armed ourselves with several odor-fighting products in the hopes that we could fairly easily solve this problem. The first product we tried was Odorzout. I can’t say if the product…

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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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