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Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #2: Gasp!

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-14-2007 07:49 AM 2772 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Bungalow H...E... Double Hockey Sticks Part 2 of Craftsman Bungalow Restoration series Part 3: Good Bye 1970's »

Year One
On our first night of ownership we tore out the nasty smoke and urine stained carpet (aka: floor protectors).

In the first month in our new house (March 2002) we added heat and quickly painted a bedroom.

Life might have continued on with me painting everything white had I not gone to a fantastic home tour in our neighborhood We quickly bought every book we could find on bungalows and took our first visit to the Gamble House.

That summer we taught summer school (booooo!) and we plastered and painted one more room. Plus we had our fir floors stripped of many layers of paint by some guys who rolled out of the back of a van, Cheech and Chong style.


Preparing the room for painting.


Fin

I also decided to cedar-line a closet and build an organizer using my first real tool (Dewalt 14.4 v Drill)

Crazed look in eyes = woodworking bug takes over brain.

The Horror
Our home inspector warned us not to use the fireplace due to the illegal drywall box surrounding it.

The Spring of 2003 I decided to remove the mysterious box..

What the?


Come Closer Clarice…


Closer still.

Someone had done something unspeakable to our fireplace. So that explains the 200 or so bricks I found burried in the back yard.

In the Can (Is that crass?)
Meanwhile in the bathroom, the 70’s rocked on. Spanish tile and a huge “oak” cabinet.. plus gold framed mirror and round “makeup staition / yacht lights”.


Here is the bathroom after I got the bright idea of painting the oak cabinet white, the walls red, and switching out the light fixtures while Kristin was out of town. (Too much HGTV).

One of the saving graces of the house was the original clawfoot tub. Unfortunately it was so disgustingly dirty that I can only warn you …

_Look away! (That was a clean day.)

Time to plan the Summer 03 project… Fireplace and Bathroom Restoration. CodeName: Goodbye 1970’s

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 06-14-2007 07:56 AM

WTH is in the fireplace Giz…is that stone….alien pods…?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#2 posted 06-14-2007 07:58 AM

Bob… I wish I knew.

Let’s just say it gives me night terrors. It was our very own modern art piece.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#3 posted 06-14-2007 12:08 PM

actually , it does look like some modern art sculpture.. must be worth millions!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 06-14-2007 12:08 PM

oh and I love those windows!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 06-14-2007 03:29 PM

We’re gonna call you: Big Daddy Deep-Pockets. ‘Cause that’s what it’s going take to finish this one!

Looks like a nice and big house Giz. Looks real solid. That is kind of a strange looking growth on the fireplace. Was this a “Drug/Crack House”(?).

How old? 40’s-50’s? Painted an OAK cabinet?? No more of that HGTV for you, man! Best of luck on the rest.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 06-14-2007 03:44 PM

The house was built in 1910. So we are trying to fix it up for its 100th b-day.

I have to back and add that to the first blog.

In my research I found out that it was owned by one family for most of that time 1915 or so till the earliest of the 1970’s when the mother passed away.

From then it was bought and turned into a rental house. The house fell into disrepair along with the neighborhood. It is my understanding that bussing in the schools had led to “voluntarily” segregated neighborhoods.

The neighborhood became a protected landmark district in the late 1980’s due to the hardwork of people who loved bungalow homes.

At one point before the landmark status, the garage was condemned and the owner was given notice to make the repairs before the city stepped in. Major code violations.

The next permanent owner was a professor at USC. who did some work stripping the dining room and added the oak cabinet in the bathroom.

The owner we bought from was a single Hollywood location scout… the house was almost in foreclosure.

For the first 5 years we worked on temporary contracts and had no job security so we had to save up during the school year to live during the summer and complete a few projects.

That first year we paid for a heating system, a major tree trimming, and the floors to be done. Everything else was sweat equity.

It has sucked away our cash, but property values have also risen

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#7 posted 06-15-2007 04:09 AM

Great Story John. Looking forward to learning more.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 06-17-2007 06:19 AM

A work in progress, keep it going the right way Giz.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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