Sunday, December 14, 2008
Basement - Finish out to make 1/2 of it office and cedar closet with laundry room, the other half, art area and work bench, possibly work-out space and storage.
Step 1: Seal basement, assess issues (any mold issues, etc.)
Step 2: Put in flooring, insulation between floors to reduce sound, seal windows
Step 3: Dividing walls, cedar closet - will require architect
Water Supply Step
1: Assess pipes and filters
Step 1: Add more electrical capacity
Step 2: Electrician correct polarity, ground all existing outlets
Step 3: Electricity to Garage - properly done - not rigged.
Step 1: New plumbing behind bathtub wall
Step 2: New hardware to be able to work tub and sink
Step 3: Refurbish all exisiting appliances
Step 4: Remove layers of all paint, get to the base tiles
Step 5: New tiles, new floor
Step 6: New exhaust fan properly vented
Kitchen - Remodel
Step 1: New faucet kitchen sink
Step 2: Garbage disposal
Step 3: New Floor
Step 4: Add Dishwasher
Step 5: Remodel - splash board
Front steps - replace with poured cement
Check integrity of screened porch
Fix screen door screens
Remove wood deck structure from back
Add stone steps from garage to back yard
Hire Landscape artist to assist with best managing the yard to be sure water is pushed away from foundation
Add two car garage with art studio/storage above garage
Flowers, trees, garden, stone patio where ugly wood deck is
Attic - Raise the Roof line - add dormers, convert to master bed and bath, create to blend with existing architecture (or forget about it) Keep first floor looking traditional bungalow style, create master bed and bath to be more contemporary with walk in shower and claw foot tub, walk in closets, dressing area, skylights, warm woods, etc.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is Cosmo, our Jackahuahua....wearing a sweater. Cosmo is new to us since July and I never thought I'd be a dog owner again much less a small dog owner. He is an awesome, wonderful dog and I love him to pieces. He is sitting on the new rug in front of the door that leads to the attic.
If I figure this out...this will be fun.
We went to a shop that was listed in the American Bungalow magazine. We had picked out some items and since we were visiting our friends we thought we'd pick up our mailbox and possibly our house numbers. These are such small, inexpensive items to make a difference to the house.
I'm so excited about the whole process of renovating and bringing the bungalow back to its previous self or better than it's previous self.
Friday, December 5, 2008
So this is where I will go to write about the trials and tribulations of the blank canvas which is called our bungalow. It's a 1923 (I'll have to check the date for accuracy) brick bungalow in Northern Illinois...no not my beloved Chicago, but a little farther north and west.
There is lots of work to be done and since I am so new at this blogging thing I will keep this post short and sweet.