Sunday, May 30, 2010

Red, White and Blue

Friday, May 07, 2010

2nd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

Welcome to the Second Annual Bungalow Blog Tour!  There are nine bungalow (or bungalow in spirit) blogs participating this year. At the bottom of each Tour post, you will find a link to the next house and one back to the previous house. If you follow the complete tour, you should end up where you started.

Please leave comments at the blogs you visit: 1) because bloggers love feedback; and 2) if they know there is interest, it will make it easer for me to talk these bloggers into doing the tour again next year :)

On with the Tour......

Here is a photo of StuccoHouse as it was listed for sale on MLS by the previous owner's realtor. It seems so long ago.  The house was built in 1924 and I purchased it in 2002.

When I bought the house I had no clear idea that I would be "restoring" it. That kind of snuck up on me. I do remember thinking that as soon as I owned the house, those two hanging flower baskets were coming down. It would take me a few weeks after buying the house to even discover that was I had was a bungalow.

I had moved to this house from a 1928 condo on the other side of the city. The condo was vintage inside and I was looking for that same atmosphere in a house. I knew when I walked into StuccoHouse and saw the unpainted woodwork and vintage kitchen....that this was the house.

One of my first "restoration" type activities was to replace the lovely front door entry set (and that is using the term loosely). Then I dived right in with the infamous cat pee floor project. By this time I started to get an idea of how the interior of the house *should* look and I pulled down & replaced the "most hated light." By this time, I had a long list of things that I hoped to accomplish with the house....and it dawned on me that this was going to be a multi-year (or multi-decade) full on house restoration.  I joke that I'm 8 years in to a 2 year house project.

One of my most rewarding projects has been the ongoing restoration of my vintage, old growth wood, double hung & casement windows.

The grossest project I'd had to do it a tie between trapping the mice that found an entryway into my house by my front door, crawling into the dark recesses of my attic, and patching the hole above my front door overhang. All of these involved the real possibility of bugs or rodents in my hair.


The most fun project to date has been installing a new, custom vintage style cabinet in my kitchen where one had been removed. My mom was the motivation to get me going on this project. The kitchen restoration is still going on. I have been diligently stripping paint off of the plaster walls and I hope to post about putting up wallpaper and painting walls this summer.....and my 1949 Tappan stove being hooked up (and finally out of my living room).

The most costly, yet surprisingly interesting task was replacing my sewer lateral line.

I think the project with the most immediate impact has been the work on my front door entryway. I get a lot of comments from passerby's that seems to be following my progress on that work (and keep me motivated)

The project that got me in over my head and forced me to dig my way out.....was absolutely the restoration of the rotten brackets holding up my front door overhang. Painted wood is now where the awful aluminum once was...and a copper drip edge with a nice patina replaced the snipped aluminum one.

Plans for this summer include stripping the old paint off the remaining wood trim on the front of my house and painting it, finishing up my kitchen restoration, and replacing some more of the triple track aluminum storm windows with wood framed storms.

Thanks for visiting StuccoHouse (and taking a tour down memory lane with me).

Next House on the Blog Tour: Tiny Oak Park Bungalow
Previous House on the Blog Tour: Foxcroft

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