New Member and 10 Years Into Our Remodel

Project by lerbi posted 01-12-2011 04:32 AM 2320 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone. My wife, Libi, and I bought a small Craftsman bungalow in Batavia, IL 10 years ago and have worked hard, doing almost all of the work ourselves, to bring the house into decent shape and into, as much as possible, the “authentic” Craftsman bungalow style. The home is small – 1250 sq. ft. – and was built in 1920. The home is all brick and so far we have torn most of the rooms back to the studs including combining two small bedrooms into one larger one. Some of the pictures show what’s been done and how it looks now and, hopefully, it will give you an idea of how much has been done. The kitchen was the largest project – nothing was kept. Several layers of vinyl and linoleum flooring were removed to find solid maple underneath. (Why would anyone cover a beautiful hardwood floor?) All of the wood trim and doors in the house were painted and Libi stripped the paint off everything, sanded back to bare wood and stained all of it. A huge job, but it allowed us to keep all of the beautiful original lumber. At this point, it’s mainly trim carpentry left. Something I love to do and, since I’ve retired, now have time. Thankfully, we have no plans to leave, since we will never get back all of the money we’ve put into the place. We love to talk about our house and to see what others have done to theirs.

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posted 01-12-2011 09:26 AM

Nice work, lerbi – you even have the furniture to match!

Why would anyone cover a beautiful hardwood floor?

Exactly – but that’s what everyone did when wood became ‘old-fashioned’. Little did they know that wood never goes out of fashion. Covering up a wood floor is like paving the forest. Eventually you long for the forest again.

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posted 01-14-2011 07:08 AM

Looking great lerbi.

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posted 01-16-2011 11:30 AM

Great work, would really enjoy more finished pictures. :-)

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posted 05-21-2011 07:34 AM

this came out great.

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posted 05-30-2011 07:40 PM

Great job. My wife tells me that when people stop working on their homes they die so keep up the good work.
I agree. I see people painting hardwood trim all the time. I bought a house once with green shag carpet over hardwood floors. The flooring was worth as much as I paid for the house.

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