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Old 03-31-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Hi All,

My wife and I just bought an 1878 woodframe house on the South Side of Chicago (oldest--and smallest--house on the block).

We love the oldness of it (the woodwork, the engraved metal hardware, the carved fireplace), and we're trying to bring that back in the places where it's been covered up--mostly the bedrooms and the kitchen and first-floor half-bath).

The house has had only four owners (counting the original owner--builder?) and his family, who owned it until 1988, as one) so there's not a huge buildup of poorly-done things. But there are definitely some, and the to-do list is, well, significant:

  • Strip paint from the wood trim upstairs and refinish
  • Ditto for several doors
  • Pull carpet in upstairs bedrooms and refinish floors
  • Repair wood rot in and below one window
  • Build a proper window frame for the attic window.
  • Re-do the 1960 (pink!) half bathroom
  • Ditto the 1960 (green!) kitchen. (Eventually. This will probably have to await more money.)
  • Make the master bedroom closet into a shape that we can access our clothes.
  • Replace 1979 furnace, add A/C.
And that's just what we're planning to do by this summer!

My brother is the builder in the family but he's out in Seattle, and, having found the forum here, it's incredibly helpful to search before I have to pester him with every little question.

Anyhow, we're blogging about the adventure for friends and family here.

Cheers,
Tim

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Hi All,

My wife and I just bought an 1878 woodframe house on the South Side of Chicago (oldest--and smallest--house on the block).

We love the oldness of it (the woodwork, the engraved metal hardware, the carved fireplace), and we're trying to bring that back in the places where it's been covered up--mostly the bedrooms and the kitchen and first-floor half-bath).

The house has had only four owners (counting the original owner--builder?) and his family, who owned it until 1988, as one) so there's not a huge buildup of poorly-done things. But there are definitely some, and the to-do list is, well, significant:

  • Strip paint from the wood trim upstairs and refinish
  • Ditto for several doors
  • Pull carpet in upstairs bedrooms and refinish floors
  • Repair wood rot in and below one window
  • Build a proper window frame for the attic window.
  • Re-do the 1960 (pink!) half bathroom
  • Ditto the 1960 (green!) kitchen. (Eventually. This will probably have to await more money.)
  • Make the master bedroom closet into a shape that we can access our clothes.
  • Replace 1979 furnace, add A/C.
And that's just what we're planning to do by this summer!

My brother is the builder in the family but he's out in Seattle, and, having found the forum here, it's incredibly helpful to search before I have to pester him with every little question.

Anyhow, we're blogging about the adventure for friends and family here.

Cheers,
Tim
1878? Holy cow!! There is a lot of potential fixer-upper work on a home that old... Though I suppose if it's been well-maintained the water damage should be under control.
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