They've put up a chain link fence around the entire property.
The view from the back door (note: one-story drop to ground from that door -- caution!)
Pam: Do you think there's a [insert technical term] in that wall?"
Dobek (our master carpenter): I don't know. Let me do some research. [wicked grin] Hammer research.
There's a nice herringbone brick path (see top photo) leading up to our front door -- and then, to the side, there was an ugly concrete slab path to the side yard. When jackhammering up other concrete in back, we had them take out that path too. I don't know how quickly we can afford to finish it in matching bricks, but it's just a relief having the concrete gone.
Dobek and one of his guys building the form for the concrete pour for the rear addition foundation. This is the addition that will contain the mudroom and eating area on the first floor, and the master bath on the second floor.
Finished form. Today, they start pouring concrete. There are a ton of inspections that go with that -- it gets poured in four stages, and each stage has to have inspections.
And in other renovation news, we've finally picked a kitchen cabinet line. Applewood custom cabinets (a local cabinet company), with Prairie Plus, an Oak Park kitchen design store. The Applewood solid oak cabinets are beautiful, and Prairie Plus seems tremendously knowledgeable about historic renovations. We're working with Deb, and I like her design sense too. A huge relief to finally make this decision. And it's actually a little less expensive than the semi-custom option we were considering (Wood Harbor).
I'm really happy to be working with a local cabinetmaker too. Give our neighbors jobs, support local craftsmen, etc. I might go out to Applewood's production facility in Lyons, so I can watch them actually making the cabinets. They let customers do that. How exciting!