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

Posts Tagged ‘problems’

Reducing Cook County Property Taxes

Six years ago, I wrote about the Cook County Property Tax Homeowner Exemption, which is a reduction in the assessed valuation of your home and decreases the property taxes for owner-occupied residences here in Cook County. I checked and updated the information there to reflect any new links, so go there if you want to know more…

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Can You Smell That Smell?

In addition to accomplishing most of the goals I set out to do this year, there are some things that come up over the course of the year that you may or may not have control over. For instance, we also demo’d the pool table, which wasn’t on the Goal List, as well as stripped,…

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Slooooowwww Going

I really thought we’d have the cement board AND most of the green board installed in the bathroom by the end of the weekend. On Saturday I worked on removing the drop ceiling over the tub (there was a can light over the tub, but there are several light sources in the room and no reason for…

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Having Gator Dust Problems?

In addition to lots of hits on the differences between Benjamin Moore’s Aura and Natura paint lines, I also get a lot of hits from people searching “gator dust problems”. No one seems to use more specific search terms, so I’m not sure if they’re having Gator Dust problems or are anticipating/trying to avoid problems.…

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Yard Conundrum

We have finally gotten the side yard in decent shape. Not to say there isn’t more work to be done, but now that we built additional raised vegetable beds toward the back it no longer looks like a junk yard. (You’re welcome, neighbors, and thanks for your patience!) Right now, in addition to the 4…

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More Deconstructivism

Last weekend was the second one in a row we’ve spent taking apart our furniture. This time: the TV room sofa. Our move to the master bedroom upstairs left an empty bedroom — since Pete’s girls are grown and we already have a guest bedroom, we don’t need to use it as a bedroom —…

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Wash, Move, Chop, Adjust, Relax.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo over the weekend. Of course, our washer and dryer were delivered in the middle of the day, preventing me from straying far from home. I had plenty of other things to do around the house, so I guess it’s just as…

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Thankful for Old Drywall

I just saw an article today that insurers are dropping homeowner policies if their house was built using Chinese drywall. How horrible for these poor people who unwittingly bought a house with this imported drywall and then had to move out because it was causing health problems, not to mention corroding pipes and emitting volatile…

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Chiseling Away At It

For the past couple of days we’ve been working on the bathroom for a few hours after work, and that helps a little. The tile job will be far from perfect, but overall I think it’s looking pretty good. We had a couple of snafus, one of which was the level of the floor tile…

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Well, That Was an Ordeal

Finally back online after my switch to a new hosting service. That took much longer than I expected. I was hoping to change a couple of things in WordPress while I was at it, but I think it’s more trouble than it’s worth, so I’m just going to leave that one alone. At least I’m…

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