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

Posts Tagged ‘problems’

Fed Up!

I am sooo fed up with the company that hosts my site. I have noticed way too much downtime (like this morning) and every time it happens I vow to move the site elsewhere but never get around to it. Not this time! I plan to do it today. Hopefully the move will go smoothly…

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Return of Batman

We had another visit from our friend, the bat. Sigh. Although we haven’t yet moved upstairs to our new master bedroom, we decided to try out bed placement and slept up there Saturday night on the air mattress (it’s a raised AeroBed so very similar to a regular bed). At about 4 a.m. I woke…

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New Use for Picture Rails

Late last night, or early this morning, depending on your individual perspective, at around 1:30, Pete and I awakened to hear the cat, Günter, scurrying around the house. This was not unusual, as he prefers to use the litter box when no one is looking —— yes, the boy has bathroom issues. Needless to say,…

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Attic Remodel Update

Some of the good news we’ve had in the past month is that our plans for the attic were approved by the village —— no changes required. Yippee! Back in January, I outlined all the stumbling blocks we were running into. In general, what seemed like hindrances have turned out for the better. We contacted…

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Stumbling Blocks

We’re in limbo, project-wise. We thought we had our attic plans solidified, but after talking to lots of contractors and plumbers, we’ve discovered that the roughed-in plumbing to the attic is definitely not sufficient for a bathroom. We had the second floor planned around this rough-in specifically because we thought it’d be the most efficient…

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In Gear

Guess what? My last post got me going and I made some phone calls: first to the village for general information about building codes and then to an architect. Woo hoo! The village said that staircases should be three feet wide, but it sounded like they’d be somewhat lenient if it were a little smaller…

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Major Hurdle

There are definitely some hurdles to overcome on our 2008 Project list, and some of our projects hinge on each other. What is frustrating to me is that I don’t know the answers to them, and I don’t know anyone personally who can help guide us (i.e. no architect or structural engineer in the family…

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Organization Arsenal

The New Year is always a great time for me to really focus on my organization system (or lack thereof). I enjoy organizing things and BEING organized, and if I feel disorganized I get stressed. When our previous house was on the market, it was completely free of clutter, and it really helped in the…

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Heating Update

Our heating guy came out on Monday to see what’s what with our system. For one thing, whoever redid the pipes put a smaller pipe from the boiler to the larger heat pipes, so the water velocity is diminished right from the start. That would probably explain why it takes over four hours for the…

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Heating Up

Well, I haven’t made a lot of progress on the heating project, and I’ll have to admit I wasn’t very diligent on tracking our temperature fluctuations this weekend. The times that I did track it showed that while the thermostat said 68°, it was usually 5° colder in the family room/kitchen. (And, okay, Chris at…

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