Our Logan Square Two Flat is looking like a skeleton of a house in the best possible way! Demolition is 100% complete, and we’ve moved on to finalizing decisions now that we can really see what’s inside every single wall. We recently walked through with the framers and have tweaked a few details to optimize the space, including the tons of thoughtful feedback from all of you regarding our plans and the final layout. Thank you! It’s always incredibly helpful to have additional sets of eyes on a project to give us ideas and ensure we’re not missing anything. Let’s start upstairs in Unit 2 and work downward, shall we?
Unit 2 | The Archway
Our original plans called for the archway to extend nearly the entire width of the wall between the kitchen and living room. After seeing the space with the walls opened up and receiving your archway feedback, we agreed with you that it made a lot of sense to shift the arch opening to the right, similar to that dashed line in the image below:
This minor adjustment will allow for a small return wall on the front side of the room to create more of a ‘hallway’ between the bedrooms and common spaces. It will also provide a slightly more private entrance to the bathroom and allow for more living room furniture placement options. We think this change makes a ton of sense, and we have you to thank for that!
Unit 2 | The Laundry Room Conundrum
When we shared the layout and plans for unit 2, we were excited to receive even more great feedback. One of the questions we received most was whether it made sense to move the laundry nook and coat closet to the opposite side of the living room, closer to the front door. This would give us a big, blank wall to add a window, which would have been pretty nice. We really liked your ideas, and we saw where you were going with it, since it would also allow the closet to be positioned at the entrance of the unit to capture coats, shoes and other closet-y stuff. But during our walkthrough with the framing team, we took more detailed measurements and realized it would’t be possible. Because of the angled windows in the living room (pictured below), we didn’t have quite enough depth to accommodate a laundry closet near the entrance to the unit. We’ll stick with the original plan, but have also figured out a few ways to maximize storage in the laundry nook. We think it’s still going to work out great!
And although we won’t be able to add another window, the amount of natural light in this unit is still great! There are ample windows at the front and rear of the space and it’s starting to feel lighter and brighter already. You can see it, right!?
Unit 2 | Odds n’ Ends
The bathroom will maintain the same footprint, but it will benefit from a layout that makes much more sense. We expected some rot in the subfloor from an old water leak, so that will be addressed before moving forward with any additional work.
For fun, here’s the same view from the day we closed on our Two Flat:
At the front of the house, we were incredibly excited to confirm that the drop ceiling in the bedroom on the right lower than necessary! Once it came down, we gained almost 16″ of ceiling height and the two bedrooms are near mirror images of each other once more!
During demolition, parts of the chimney were exposed down to the raw brick. Much like the chimney in our second floor home office space, we love the look, so we plan to finish chipping away at the plaster and leave the chimney exposed as a nod to the history of the home. Perfect imperfections will help this home shine!
Units 1 + 2 | Hardwood Floors
After some initial exploring, we were cautiously hoping to find original hardwood floors throughout the home. We knew that the likelihood of finding salvageable hardwood in every space was low, but we were pleasantly surprised to find it in many of the common spaces! In unit 2, we’ve uncovered serviceable hardwood in the kitchen and living room. And in unit 1, we hope to salvage the hardwood in the kitchen and potentially the main living/dining space. All said and done, we’ll still need to source new flooring for about half of the square footage on the currently finished levels.
Oh, what was that about the basement flooring, you ask? Let me tell you!
Unit 1 | Polished Concrete Floors at Ground Level
We made an interesting discovery in the basement, which will eventually be the lower level of Unit 1. When the flooring from the former ‘apartment’ was removed, we discovered that the concrete needs a bit of repair work. The concrete level is also 2″ higher at the rear of the house than at the front of the house. So, we had an idea!
We’ll can kill two birds with one stone and repair what needs fixing, while also pouring additional concrete to level the space. But the real magic will come when we polish and seal the concrete floors on the ground level! Initially we thought we would tile everything (similar to our garden apartment), but this will allow us to maximize ceiling height, while also providing a durable finish that will last for years. Assuming we make this unit an Airbnb, we’ll warm it up with all. the. rugs. to keep things cozy!
Unit 1 | Odds n’ Ends
Our favorite dining room built-in is looking a bit lonely at this point! It’s just waiting for its day in the sun when we’ll likely strip it down to bare wood to determine its condition under all that paint. For now, it’ll continue overseeing the other projects at hand.
Back in the kitchen, we finally bid farewell to the pantry! The weird, tacked-on box has officially been sliced off the back of the house, and in its place, there’s a door to nowhere – for safety, of course! Eventually, a new window will shift to where that door is, and the back door will also shift to the left.
And hey, check out the front living room in Unit 1! Natural light is now reaching much farther into this space and the adjoining dining room because…
Exterior | See Ya, Overgrown Bush!
… The tree is gone! That weirdly overgrown yew/shrub/tree thing in the dead center of the front yard is out of here! The amount of light that was being blocked from entering the front of the house was simply astounding. A local crew with great online reviews came out for an estimate and returned a few days later to cut down the tree and grind the stump. The newly found natural light is transformative and we’re now staring with a blank slate to rework the landscaping out front. I realize that the before + after below somehow looks worse (the gloomy day didn’t help), but this is progress, friends!
We’re very much at the point of ‘gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette’ yadda, yadda, yadda right now, but we couldn’t be more excited for the progress. So. Much. Progress! It turns out we’ve kind of missed the smell of dusty old houses in the process of being completely torn apart. We have more to share very soon and things with the framers are really starting to take shape.