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Flooring Ideas for the Basement

A lot has been transpiring around here at the ol' HouseinProgress.  Some house-related events, some not and we'll be sharing some crazy news soon.  I set up this new blog to keep from boring the housebloggers with my tales of...

Our DIY Drama (or Why Building a Porch to Relax on Can Be Very Stressful)

Here's our submission for the DIY Drama contest currently running over at Houseblogs.net. We aren't technically eligible since we're also running the contest, but it gives us something to write about... ;-) -------------- Our latest (of many) lessons learned is...

I Used to Hate This Closet

I am not a fan of closets only because I am not a fan of hangers. Not just wire hangers, any hangers. They make your clothes and coats hard to find, they get tangled, they get stuck, things get crowded....

I love, love, love my neighbors. (And! We're. back.)

I'm curled up in front of the fireplace right now, listening to the sweet sound of my neighbor from down the street snowblowing the sidewalk and walkways for THE ENTIRE BLOCK. I have the nicest neighbors on the planet. People...

Chilly. Me Want Fireplace.

So, my bronchitis is finally on its way to someone else's house. I always seem to get something nasty right as school starts and this year was no different. Germs + Toddler = wanting to lie in bed and moan...

Mystery Cabinet

What do you get when you combine an old house lover with a tech gadget obsessed spouse? Compromise. I have been going nuts over the wires. The cables. The outlets. The plugs. The "docks". Trying to keep Grace from the...

Squirrels are jerks.

This WAS a pot of pansies that I have managed to keep alive for almost a month! A record for me, someone who would be considered a "black thumb." Every two days, I've been giving Grace a cup of...

More House Voyeurism

In our neighborhood, it's sometimes known as the house that everybody wants to live in. It is a clever, beautiful house. And we're enjoying our temporary stay here. (Don't worry, MorMor and FarFar. We will move out. Eventually. I promise.)...

Catch-Up and the Big Reveal

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...

Home Improvement Tetris

While the departure date of our yearly vacation with my parents loomed large, Aaron and I whipped together a list of things that needed to be completed before we left. For the house, this included stripping the remaining woodwork (door...

The Wood in the Basement

(So there were some very, VERY close answers in the comments section of this post. But this is not baseboards or window trim. Read on for the specific details! Yes, piles and piles of lovely lumber. Poplar, to be exact....

Two Kinds of Christmas: The Second One

This is Part Two. For Part One of this entry, click here. We were in Pittsburgh over Christmas to spend time with my side of the family and to visit my sister (with the bionic legs) and to make ourselves...

Light It Up! Light It Up!

Wes and the boys were working hard over the last few days to fix the electrical situation in our living room. A living room which I have not lived in since November 2006. So, we could call it a non-living...

Speaking of Salvage and Old House Parts

Man, there is a steady stream of old house parts showing up on Craigslist these days. Like these SIXTY solid panel, Prairie-Style oak doors....

Clearing My Head

The first thing I notice is the dark winding ribbon on the pavement. We are on the interstate driving through Seattle. I’ve been jolted out of a fitful doze in the backseat by the squeal of car tires. I automatically...

Where am I? What happened?

Every year we go on two family vacations. One with Aaron's family and one to visit my family. Both families are very generous and go to great lengths to lure us away from the House Where To Do Lists Go...

Windows + Crazy = Me

When attempting the restoration of wood windows, normal people take it a room at a time. You know, spread out the work. Don't overdo it. I'm obviously not one of those people as I am speeding towards finishing them...

Weather Drives Project Plans

I'm sure that some people (hi mom!) are wondering what we're up to these days and if we've gotten any work done on the fireplace. Um, no. Once the weather became sunny, we quickly switched gears to take advantage of...

Fireplace insert installed...fire up!

The fireplace insert needs to be installed by professionals because the City of Chicago is pretty strict about such matters. You know, Mrs. O'Leary's cow and all that. It is also important to note that we are having the insert...

Fretting & Fireplaces

Everytime I talk to my mom on the phone lately, she asks me about the blog.  "Why aren't you posting?  When are you going to post?""I'm busy," I tell her. "What I'm doing takes a lot of energy.  So much...

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