This Abandoned House
From vacant and abandoned to the most distinctive house on the block...watch the transformation!
Learn how we bought and renovated our dream home at the height of the recession!

Backyard Reborn: Before and After photos

Posted on 9/25/2013 by Maggie Marystone in landscaping before & after rebates makeover deck outdoor living design ideas

One of the big reasons I wanted to buy a house was to have some outdoor space of our own. Not one of the five apartments I've occupied in Chicago had a yard to speak of. Here's a quick update on how our backyard makeover has come along since we moved in.

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This Abandoned House Gets Curbed!

Posted on 9/24/2013 by Maggie Marystone in chicago afterphotos corrugated metal praise

We got some really nice press from the good people at Curbed Chicago today. Forbes calls Curbed "The granddaddy of all real estate blogs," so we are really excited and grateful they highlighted This Abandoned House!

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This Abandoned House featured on Houzz

Posted on 9/23/2013 by Maggie Marystone in inspiration afterphotos planning

I wish I had known about Houzz when we began planning our renovation. You can create different Idea Books to keep track of ideas you have for your project. You can also browse through other people's Idea Books, save their photos to your own Idea Book, or comment on photos you like.

Like Pinterest, Houzz offers a bookmarklet to help you easily send photos you find on the web straight to your Houzz Idea Book. It's a great site for inspiration.

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Pinterest is a hotbed of ideas for corrugated metal siding

Posted on 9/20/2013 by Maggie Marystone in corrugated metal Pinterest

I've been finding some really great uses of corrugated metal siding on Pinterest lately. Check out (and follow!) my Corrugated Metal Siding board on Pinterest. Take a look below to see what I have come across. It makes me wish we had more leftover siding!

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