‘Dear Two Flat’ is an off-the-cuff journal-esque vlog series that chronicles the renovation of our 130-year-old Two Flat in Logan Square, Chicago. Here’s entry 01 and entry 02, if you’d like to start from the beginning!
We have stairs! The den is framed! It’s a big
day month for our Two Flat! In what felt like a slog the previous weeks – waiting on permits, installing a proper HVAC system and running new plumbing – the Two Flat has seen some serious strides. The stairs that connect Unit 1 to the den have changed ev-er-y-thing, and yes, we totally freaked out. It’s always a cool feeling to create something from nothing, and in this case, we (and by ‘we,’ I mean our talented team of contractors) turned an underutilized basement bedroom into 2 additional bedrooms, a den / hangout nook, a large(r) bathroom, a wall of closets and a proper laundry room!
You can also view the video directly on YouTube.
In filming this journal entry, I learned that it’s a near-impossible task to photograph walls that have been framed, but not yet drywalled. Our video walkthrough is the best representation of the space, because we think, in addition to seeing the framed den, it wholly defines the sensation we felt in that moment: Excitement! However, the photo below might, maybe, possibly help define the new layout we’ve created (from virtually nothing!).
We’re at the point in the renovation where the dominoes have started to fall, and every day feels like a momentous turning point for our beloved Two Flat. Imagine the photo above with walls(!), polished concrete floors, trim moldings, fresh paint and layers of cozy rugs! Just wait. It’s going to be good, you guys; it’s going to be so good.
A little update to the vlog to say: We’ve nixed the Jack and Jill bathroom. After tweaking the layout further with our architect, including placement of doors, we’re opting for a larger shower instead of the double entry.
Here’s an extensive photo gallery of the Two Flat.
These are some of the roof designs we discussed with our architect!
Video music is by Birocratic: “May”
Our vlog was filmed with this lightweight camera.
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