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

Posts Tagged ‘staircase’

Completion, at Least According to Someone

Well, I hadn’t intended to take a 3-month hiatus, but there you go. Frankly, the past few months have been rather sucky for me, in addition to a good part of last year, but I won’t get into that. What I will say, on the positive front, is that after 3+ years we officially and…

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Looks Good on the Surface

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Of course I was super-busy with work leading up to Thanksgiving when I would have much rather had more time to prepare and just chill out. Along with some family issues it’s been a stressful month but things should start easing up in a few weeks. Needless to…

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Almost There

I just applied the second coat of stain to the staircase and I am loving it! I need to brush on the sanding sealer coat of varnish by tomorrow so that it’s dry before Saturday when the carpenter arrives again. He was here last Saturday as well and installed the baseboard trim upstairs — it’s…

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Staircase Installation!

It’s Saturday morning and our dining room has quickly transformed into a workshop. The wood for our staircase was delivered yesterday and the carpenter was able to squeeze us in today. He seems confident that he’ll get the staircase done, and might be able to start installing the baseboards as well. I was able to…

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Stairway Demo’d!

Last week I stopped at the millwork to pick out a profile from a number of different samples that had been created with custom knives for our staircase hand railings. Once the knife is created it can be used again and again, so if you can use an existing knife for your woodwork, you can…

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Stairway to…

…the attic (please, I’m not going to use that old cliché!). I need to catch up on the progress around here. Things have been moving along, although the changes aren’t as noticeable as the first few days. We lost most of our kitchen the very first day in order to widen the staircase. It has…

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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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