We've mentioned this before, but one of the most difficult things about this home renovation process has been remembering how much we've accomplished. It's easy to get busy, especially during the summer, and next thing you know, two weeks (or more) have passed and you haven't done anything house-related. The primary reason that it's easy… Continue reading BEHIND THE SCENES
Living in a city can feel like a concrete jungle. Sometimes we would prefer an actual jungle - or at the very least, a bit of green. We are fortunate to have a tiny yard and have occasionally made use of it (see: pumpkin bonanza). But this summer, the front yard and back patio have… Continue reading WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
We thought it might be a good idea to start posting consistent weekly updates of what we've accomplished. Our weekends have been extremely productive lately, but sometimes the results aren't always pretty. Our efforts don't necessarily result in something that is "post-worthy" on its own, but they do result in something real. Many of our projects lately have… Continue reading WEEKEND UPDATE: ONE
Over the next few weekends, we are both finally home, not traveling, and with no major plans – perfect for knocking one of our smaller home improvement projects off of our list! As you may know, we own a multi-family walk-up in Chicago. The first floor is a rental unit, currently occupied by tenants, and… Continue reading PUTTING SOME PEP IN OUR STEPS
There are many home renovation tasks that we are ill-equipped to tackle ourselves (e.g.: plumbing, electric, etcetera). Provided that the house and/or our lives aren’t under any imminent threat from our inexperience, we like to do (or attempt) as much as we can. One of the “simpler” items on our ever-growing to-do list is painting.… Continue reading BEFORE + AFTER: PAINT EDITION
Just looking at this bathroom makes you want to take a shower...except if you took a shower in this bathroom, you would probably feel dirtier than when you started while picking up a case of athlete's foot in the process. Don't break open any skin in here or you may wind up with all of… Continue reading REBIRTH OF A BATHROOM
A renovation project is really a ton of different projects under one roof. As we have said before, every home is a fixer-upper. And some need a lot more TLC than others. Our Bucktown beauty had seen better days, and while we wanted to make it better, there were some days when we didn't really… Continue reading WHERE DO WE BEGIN?
When I was first looking at houses, I thought I had it all figured out. I came up with a checklist of what I wanted in a place. That checklist looked something like this: In one of the Chicago neighborhoods of Bucktown, West Town, or Wicker Park An older (pre-World War II) home with character Good… Continue reading EVERY HOUSE IS A FIXER UPPER