Vlog: Say Hello (Again) to the Garden Apartment!

[adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id=”RfvVVCEm” upload-date=”2018-05-09T21:29:48.000Z” name=”A BEFORE Tour of the Garden Apartment!” description=””] We are so, so (so!) excited to kick off our next project – the garden apartment! If you’ve been with us since the beginning of this house’s┬árenovation journey, you might remember that our home is zoned as a residential two-flat, meaning, there are two […]

Closing the Basement Chapter

When we last talked about the basement garden unit, we were in a mad dash to complete (what felt like) a mile long punch list. We had less than 2 weeks to get through it, but only a handful of days before our out-of-town guests starting arriving before the holiday week. Still feeling frustrated that […]

Plan B: The Basement

Before leaving for Mexico, we carefully (and hurriedly) set our “out of office” auto replies, secured our pet sitters, wiped down furniture, laid down fresh plastic sheeting on daily use items (such as our printer, studio desk and filing carts), ushered miscellaneous chairs, ottomans and decor into the safety of our second spare room and […]

“C” Is for Complete

Holy smokes, our basement renovation is finally complete. It’s been two long, crowded, and disorganized months since we’ve been babbling about the Windy City flood, which wreaked all sorts of havoc on our neighborhood. I know. I can’t believe it’s October and we’re still talking about it. For kicks, here’s how we found our storage […]

Wall Ride

While moving some things back down to the basement this past weekend, a simple solution to a never ending problem hit me like a ton of spokes. Let’s hang more bikes from things! You may have seen our storage solution for my most cherished bikes right here, but all the while, there are still five […]


An amazing thing happened this week. For the first time since that *@&! flood wiped out the basement of this wee yellow brick building, we’re feeling relief. Relief, because, as the hubs and I were testing our storage solution a few afternoons ago, the restoration company showed up. And not just to hang out and […]