This Abandoned House
From vacant and abandoned to the most distinctive house on the block...watch the transformation!
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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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Modern kitchen design at Rural King

Posted on 1/22/2013 by Maggie Marystone in inspiration products afterphotos kitchen

Every time the Chiasso catalog arrives, I look for barstools for the kitchen island. Unless you're right in front of the stove on one of those cushiony mats, standing on hard bamboo for any length of time can make your feet hurt.

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and it has proved to be a natural gathering place when we have visitors, so we've been on the hunt for some nice, affordable barstools since the day we moved in.

Red ones.

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Andrew's corrugated metal roof: Before and After

Posted on 11/18/2012 by Maggie Marystone in inspiration afterphotos corrugated metal before & after

We love our metal roof. The rain sounds great on it, and it will last for ages. When Brad's brother, Andrew, said he was shopping for a new roof for his house, we suggested he look into metal, too. Flash forward: he got the new roof installed last week, and it looks great!

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Landscaping This Abandoned House

Posted on 10/10/2012 by Maggie Marystone in exterior afterphotos landscaping

Here's a quick update on some landscaping efforts we have made over the past few months. We started with a mud pit. Trash is a constant problem in the front. Note the Corona bottle and plastic cup in this shot of Java meeting a neighbor dog. Bit by bit, though, things have improved. We (mostly Brad) made a picnic table and chairs, built a deck, assembled a fire table and planted many plants.

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"After" Photos of This Abandoned House

Posted on 10/10/2012 by Maggie Marystone in design afterphotos corrugated metal

A while back, the site crashed. It was catastrophic. Even though we had the site backed up in a couple different places, we lost almost everything. That's why those great photos from Charlie Mayer weren't up for so long.

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