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Monthly Posts: March 2015

Indoor showers did not gain popularity until the 1890s, and then they were luxuries only for the rich. Until the 1950s, it was still very common for new homes to be built with only bathtubs, as many urban dwellers are well aware. If you’ve purchased a home built pre-1935, you likely had/have either no shower or a shower that was retrofitted to your bathroom between the 50s and the 80s. As a result, many of these bathrooms aren’t properly vented or have a problematic window in the shower area. Sound familiar?
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Regular drywall won’t cut it in a bathroom. Even with high quality paint, there’s going to be a point of intrusion somewhere the paint doesn’t quite make it to an edge or corner. The paper backing readily sops up the moisture, and your walls are compromised. If you have crumbling walls in your bathroom or a soft wall behind your tile, it’s because the wrong kind of wall material was used. We use water-resistant drywall (often called green board) on the walls of a bathroom except for the shower and floor, which will see heavier concentrations of water. There we use cement backer board– commonly referred to as Durock, one name brand.
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March is a good time to take inventory in your yard. Cut back perennials and pull up old annuals you didn’t take care of last fall. Think about thinning out crowded beds and how you’d like to fill in bare spots elsewhere. You might be able to save some money and a trip to the garden center by planning to transplant. Organize a plant swap with friends.
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Getting rid of carpeting to expose a hardwood floor? Did you know that carpet can be recycled for less than what it would cost to dump a truckload at the landfill? For a fee, you can take it to Kruse Recycling at 4800 W. 96th Street. They’ll sort it, bale it, and ship it out for reuse in post-consumer goods. They take the padding too. Their hours are 6:30-3:00 Monday through Friday. http://www.krusecarpetrecycling.com/


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Repurposing vintage furniture for a bathroom vanity is a fun way to retain some era-appropriate charm while upgrading for modern conveniences. The bathroom of our Garfield Park bungalow had been updated in the 80s with wallpaper, linoleum, and a wall hanging sink that looked like it belonged in a gas station. We found this 1950s dentist’s cabinet (you can tell it’s from the 50s because of the bullet-shaped metal legs) at a local antique mall for 0. We cut out for the plumbing, reinforced it, and added a surface-mount bowl to create a unique piece we love.


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