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

Posts Tagged ‘planning’

The 2010 List

While 2009 was a banner year for renovation, our 2010 goals will be more modest and much less exciting: Repair kitchen wall (um, I kind of poked a big hole in it, hoping to find remnants of the original ironing board cabinet. No luck.) Repair and paint office closet (project already started) Install doors on…

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Review of 2009 Goals

Now that we’re well into the new year, I thought I’d start my first post of the year with the ever-popular review of 2009. What started out as a modest “plan to continue planning” the unfinished attic renovation quickly turned into construction reality. Although Pete and I are both self-employed in different businesses and industries,…

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Look, We’re Tiling!

The long quest to move the master bedroom to the newly renovated attic space got a little shorter last weekend when we finally had some time and all the materials needed to start tiling the master bathroom. I say “start” because we’re a long way from finishing. As with any DIY project, we didn’t get…

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Estimates, Decisions and Plans

We’re 99% sure we’ve settled on our contractor for the attic remodel. It was a tough decision, but his prices were right in the middle and he was recommended by someone we trust. We went over any discrepancies that may or may not have been included in his estimate, so we feel confident that we’re…

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Air Tub Anyone?

Last night I sprang the news on Pete that I thought we should redo the first-floor bathroom instead of tearing out the bedroom wall when we’re ready to move forward with the attic renovation. He took it rather well. Of course he pointed out that we’ll need a full working bathroom in order to do…

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Attic, Mudroom and Just Plumb Wrong

We’ve slowly been getting some construction estimates for our attic and mudroom projects. We haven’t had a chance to sit down and really compare them at this point, but I already know that they’re not going to be apples-to-apples. The entire process is definitely a learning experience and it will be a hard decision to…

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2009 Plans

Last year I made rather lofty goals for our renovation projects, so this time around I think I’m being more realistic. The major projects — converting the attic to finished space and creating a mudroom out of the back porch — will definitely have to be broken down into chunks as we can afford them.…

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2008 Plans vs. Accomplishments

I had ambitious plans for 2008, but I knew at the time part of it was more Wish List than plan. But let’s review and see how we did anyway. Here was the list: Build Master Suite in unfinished attic space Renovate Kitchen and add a Mudroom Patch and repair plaster walls on first floor…

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Moving Up

I’ve alluded to some progress we’ve made recently, and here it is: we hired an architect for our upstairs space and first floor mudroom! The architect we chose has experience working with Morton Grove’s building department, and that’s one of the reasons we went with him. We didn’t want anything cutting-edge, nor did we need…

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Arbs and Dogs

Here are the photos I promised yesterday. First, to refresh your memory, the before picture: Same view from our family room, after: Another view from ground level: We spaced the Arborvitae (again, the “arbs” as they were called at the nursery) 30″ apart. They will eventually form a privacy hedge and will grow 8-10 feet.…

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