We bought a Two Flat!
We’ve been bursting to share this news with you for weeks, but let’s be real, we’ve been spoiling the surprise on Instagram since the day we closed. As an investment in our future selves, it’s been a dream of ours to own another small slice of Chicago real estate, and in the last year, we realized that we could, might, possibly have a shot at making it a reality. We’ll be sharing more about the how and why very soon, but first, we wanted to officially introduce you to our newest adventure: The Two Flat.
Tip: We’re sharing the definition of a Chicago two flat in the video!
In This Video:
We’re walking you through every room in the house, and we think you’ll fall madly in love with her, too. She’d been in the same family for three generations prior to us, but the house has sat vacant for the last 15 years! The house was part of a multiple bid scenario, and we poured our hearts into a letter for the realtor, who is also the grandson that once lived in this home. We crossed our fingers and held our breath, and we learned that it was our letter that sealed the deal for them. While I was editing the footage, I couldn’t stop laughing at my comment, ‘it’s cute!’ at 4:51. Juxtaposed against a crumbling brown wall with soiled carpet and a discarded cereal box taped to the wall – well, I was wearing my rose colored glasses that day. (Still am.) Sigh.
We’ve also added The Two Flat to the list of house tours and room makeovers, and they’ll always be there for you through the menu bar or blog footer. There’s so much more to come, and we hope you enjoy a look behind the front door. We think this is going to be a fun ride, friends!
Note: You can also watch this video on YouTube here.
I bought this respirator when I was pregnant with Lucy, and now I reach for it every time.
These have quickly become my go-to black jeans.
My safety boots (not to be confused with my party boots!) are a champion on the job site.
My striped shirt has made it through countless closet purges. It’s no longer sold, but this one is spot on!
Our vlog was filmed with this lightweight camera.
Music is “Lovely Girl” by Dyalla.
PS: If you enjoy our vlogs, it’d sure make our day if you subscribed to our YouTube channel!
So excited for you and this fun adventure! I can’t wait to see where you take it!
Will you be saving that adorable pink bathroom set? I die for that pink console sink!!
We’ll be saving as much as possible!
You’re brave! It’ll be a lot of work, but I can’t wait to follow along.
So wonderful to hear about this! My husband and I did a rehab on a 122-year old house with beautiful bones that looked almost identical to this one. Baby blue walls, wallpaper up half the slope of the ceiling, notes written on door trim … Ah, the memories. If you are thinking about trying to patch and repair plaster, this video was super helpful for us and his method worked very well in our house in the places we saved plaster. http://houselove.org/house/how-to-videos-2/
Oooh, amazing! Thank you for sharing, Halle!
Ok so now I really want to know more about this letter you guys wrote!
We were just honest! In more words, we told them that we love old homes and our neighborhood, which couldn’t be more true. :)
So excited for you all and this next adventure. Cheering you on from afar!
I cannot wait to see what you do with this house! I have a 1948 house with plaster walls that have peeling paint and cracks everywhere so I can’t wait to see how you handle that but I also have some of the same arched doors and sloped ceilings and old doorknobs and a builtin in the kitchen which was absolutely the thing that made my heart flutter when we looked at it for the first time. So excited to learn from your new adventure! Thanks for taking us along. :)
Sounds like you live in a gorgeous home!
Looks great, so much potential! We also have a two flat fixer upper (Madison, WI). I’d love to learn more about your strategies and the tools you use to organize the entire project (spreadsheets, budget, timelines, phone apps?) and how you decide to contract vs DIY. It easily gets overwhelming! Best wishes :)
We’re relying a lot on our architect and GC, but we will be taking you all along on the whole journey!
I’m so so so excited for this project! You two are going to do amazing things for that charming house.
Are you going to photograph and frame the quotes on the wall? Kinda like you did with the nails in the shadowbox at your house? I’d buy a print of that chicken scratch saying, “make every day your masterpiece.”
Yes! I’ve already taken a billion photos, but the ‘masterpiece’ saying is a keeper for sure. I’d also like to frame a piece of that floral wallpaper.
I am so excited to see this house come to life! I know it’ll be so beautiful when you’re done. One thing I love is listening to your house tours is like listening to how I would give a house tour, lol. Focusing in on those details like baseboards and door hardware and random stair details – these are the things most of my friends wouldn’t even notice, but they’re what make a property to me! I’m so happy so many of those unique elements have survived! I’m so glad you guys are able to take over the stewardship of a beautiful older property like this one … I’m not financially able to do so yet at my point in life, but I live vicariously through you and all my other bloggers with older homes! :)
Thank you so much, Krystal! :D
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