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Home Renovations in Chicago’s South Side

Master Bathroom counter installed!
March 1, 2016

The Master Bathroom is now almost complete. The counter and the shower fixtures have been installed. The only item left is the faucets.

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The quartz countertop by Cambria works beautifully with the moss stained vanity.

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Meanwhile downstairs in the kitchen, the backsplash is done. The arabesque tile adds some nice curves to the space. The large Kohler sink and Grohe faucet are in place and ready to use.

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Luckily the move in date has been pushed back to March 21st. That gives us plenty of time to complete everything–assuming there are no more unexpected delays!

Broken Tile Delays Plans!
February 16, 2016

There always seems to be a snag or two once construction begins. This project is no exception! Things were going so smoothly until the floor tile for the powder room and 2nd bathroom was delivered and it was all broken. To make matters worse there is no more in stock! We will have to select a new tile to go with the walls that have already been painted. With the master bathroom countertop scheduled to be installed within the next 2 weeks, the tile must be on site so that everything can be completed at one time. Plus my client has set a move in date of March 4—all work has to be finished by then!


Meanwhile the kitchen backsplash is being installed and tiling continues on the Master Bathroom walls. There is still lots to do in the next 3 weeks to meet the move in deadline, but I think it can be accomplished! Now I’m off to the tile store.


Kitchen Countertop Installed!
February 8, 2016
For almost 2 weeks while waiting for the kitchen countertops, work has been done in the master bathroom. Radiant heated flooring was installed along with a deep soaking tub and double vanity. A lot of luxury is packed into this relatively small bathroom.



The moss stained wood vanity is set off by white porcelain tile. The focal point is the tiled walls around the tub. With a white background and randomly scattered earthy colors of olive, beige and brown it has a soothing, modern feel.

Meanwhile downstairs in the kitchen, the counters are being installed! The quartz countertop in color, Lusso, has a light background with subtle veins of brown and rust.



The end seems now in sight!! Next the finishing touches– backsplash tile and light fixture above the island. The master bathroom work will continue as the wait for its countertop begins.



Counters are measured!
January 26, 2016

Now that the cabinets have been installed, measurements for the counter are taken. A template will be made from which it will be custom cut from a slab of quartz. There is plenty to do while waiting a few weeks for the counters–tile, electrical, plumbing work and starting the master bathroom.


Flooring installed!
January 19, 2016

The acacia wood floors have been installed! What a difference they make in the guest room where the walls were painted in Benjamin Moore’s Soft Jazz.


Guest Room Before


Guest Room After

The living room has become the storage space for the plumbing fixtures, tile and lighting while the family room holds the kitchen cabinets. Things always look worse before they get better! Luckily the homeowner is not moving in until all the work is completed.


Painting and installing kitchen cabinets is now underway.


Renovation Work Begins
January 12, 2016

After months of planning, work begins on renovations in the Chicago south side neighborhood of Chatham. This single family home built in the 90’s has great space with an open floor plan, but needed to be completely updated. First on the list were new wood flooring and painting throughout. A renovated kitchen and master bathroom were added to this first phase of work.

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Excited to be making her first home her own, my client wanted something special for the wood floors. After considering more common materials such as maple and oak, she chose solid Acacia wood for its exotic look and range of color. On the main floor, Benjamin Moore’s Soft Fern adds subtle color while not overpowering the floors. For the kitchen, espresso stained walnut cabinets pick up the dark tone in the Acacia wood. A light color quartz counter will create balance and lighten up the space. The backsplash tile adds some curves and shine.
Time to get rid of the old–demolition begins!

TJ materials

Acacia wood, Soft Fern paint, Lusso/Silestone quartz