Our Digs: The House

In the summer of 2013, we moved from our well-loved, small Chicago condo (nestled in a yellow brick corner building) to a house in the same neighborhood. For these two city dwellers, that was a (welcome!) adjustment. The house is a two-flat building almost 130 years old (it was built in 1887), meaning it is made up of two units. Unfortunately, it was chopped up and gutted so many times over the century, that little character remains. For the things the home lacks, it more than makes up for with space, natural light, and room to grow. It won’t be a fast transition, but our goal is to move forward with intentional, thoughtful decisions. We can’t wait to play and experiment, and we love that you’re here, alongside us.

For the full before tour, just click on any thumbnail image you see here:

A lot of the actual demolition was tackled by the two us, but we’ve also called in the pros to help repair damaged drywall, move around the electrical guts, tidy up old windows, seal a leaky roof hatch, run new plumbing and cap off existing plumbing (the second floor kitchen is now our master bedroom). The list is long, but we couldn’t do it without those extra hands and their knowledge.

You can dive deep into the archives right here to watch the demolition and renovation process unfold, but here are some posts that will get you familiar with how it all started:

Come On In.

It would be really cruel of us to get into the second

The (Floor) Plans

As we share the unraveling (and subsequently, the

Things One, Two and Three

Before we shared the tour with you, Scott and I did

All the Action Happens On the Second Floor.

This coming weekend, we’ll be moving into the

The Stairs: 0, Kim: 1

It never, ever ceases to amaze us how one coat of

Partition? Down. AstroTurf? Up.

First! Ten million thank yous to our wonderful,

And the Ceiling Goes Up!

And when the first floor ceiling goes up, the second

The Second Floor Landing

Once we had the entryway floors pulled up, we were

The Entryway Floor Takes a Hike (For Now)

First – a big congrats to Diana C as the winner

This, That and All the Things

If yesterday’s post title wasn’t any

Plan B: The Basement

Before leaving for Mexico, we carefully (and

Know When to Hire It Out.

We love DIY; that’s for real. (You know that

We’ve been hard at work most nights and weekends, over thinking decisions, going with our gut on others and asking you for help when we get stuck. We’ve come a long way since the summer of 2013, but the tour below is still in progress, as this wild, adventurous ride continues to unfold and evolve. For the most up to date photos, we do hope you’ll join along, and you can shop our house right here!