Catch-Up and the Big Reveal

Category: Restore & Repair

So we were gone for two weeks while T.K. slaved away on the house. We took the stomach flu on vacation with us to visit my parents. So, we gave the flu to my parents and enjoyed the beach while they lay groaning in bed. Which was a lovely way to thank them for their generous gift of some time off from the house, I think. They were certainly good sports about it (they didn't send us home). Since we didn't know that this flu bug was hyper-communicable even when we were asymptomatic, I still have visions of everyone on United Airlines Flight #1560 departing from the plane and barfing en masse in the parking lot. Sorry, everybody.

Then the laptop died and we were forced to limit the time that we usually spend working on vacation. Once the symptoms of email withdrawal subsided, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Except for the habit Grace had of waking up at 5:00 am each morning. That part wasn't fun at all.

Upon our return to (cold and grey) Chicago, we moved immediately in with Aaron's parents because the work on the house was still in full swing. T.K. had been very busy while we were away. I'm not used to leaving the state and coming back to all sorts of work done so it was thrilling to unlock the back door and look in at the progress.

Like the dining room where the dirty old wallpaper had been stripped off and the plaster walls repaired.


He organized a fifth level finish on the parts of the wall that had to be patched with drywall and it looks so fantastic, I almost wept with joy.


And they were so careful not to make an enormous mess on the floors. This is why I love, love, love red rosin paper.


Sometimes I don't think contractors and craftsman realize that a homeowner's delight in the finished product is half attributable to the new work that they completed and half attributable to the elements of the house that they didn't destroy in their quest to finish the new work.

Nothing prepared me, however, for the overwhelming delight I experienced when we walked around and opened the front door.

Scroll down for the big reveal.



For those of you following along at home, here is what that space has looked like since we bought the house almost five years ago.

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And here is that space now (so far).


Pinch me. I think that I'm dreaming.

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Awesome! T.K. does great work.

I can't wait to see how you finish the fireplace area!

It took a while for me to come-to, but

Oh. My. Goodness.

That is just beautiful! You deserve to have a lovely space in which to live! Congratulations!

Does TK know you've adopted him?

What a transformation! I can't believe how much bigger the room looks with the addition of the windows and replacing the vertical lines of the paneling with the horizontal lines of the mantle and bookshelves.

Just when you think you can't bear it, you turn the corner and suddenly you start rebuilding vs. tearing out, and it's all so exhilarating that you can't believe you ever doubted taking on the overhaul... right?! Looks fantastic, but I am sure so much better in person.

All I can say is HOORAY! Well, hooray and CONGRATS! :-)

oh, wow! it's a completely different room. so beautiful. nice work, t.k.!

Isn't it wonderful to have nice, smooth walls? When ours were skimcoated, I walked around for a while just running my hands along them. Ok, so there's something wrong with me. But still. The bookcases and fireplace are going to be goregous. I'm so happy for you guys!!

oh wow! it looks great.

I am VERY happy for you guys! In certain ways having others do the work (if it is done well of course) is like having somene else cook dinner. The food tastes better. Not that I don't like working on projects because I do, but one can also enjoy others doing a good job too! ;o)

congrats again!

Absolutely beautiful- That's all that can be said!

Oh My Goodness - I'm tearing up for you. Congratulations!

It looks so great! I can't wait to see it in person. :)

Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.


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