Building Your Forever Home


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Guest Blog contributed by Ryan and Mike of A Forever Home.

Five years ago, my husband and I decided that we needed to get out of our small condo and began the search for a home in Chicago. We didn’t have much luck at first but eventually found what was the perfect home for us. It was an eyesore for most and probably too much work but it was exactly the challenge we were looking for. The old victorian was in a total state of disrepair and every single room needed to be renovated. After five long years of hard work we are so happy with our forever home!


One of our challenges has been trying to find a happy balance between modern style that we naturally gravitate to and maintaining some of the home’s natural victorian charm. It’s over 100 years old! We decided to tackle the kitchen first. We knew that with a new baby in the home having a functioning kitchen was non-negotiable. Our favorite parts of the room are the island, where you can almost always find our family, and the glass subway tile.


This next room is actually on the second floor. Since our old home had once been divided into apartments this served as a living room for the upstairs tenants. The first thing we did was paint the old hardwood floors white. It’s not a decision for everyone but we love it. Mike then put up the wall paneling that you see to play on the home’s victorian roots. This is our favorite spot for listening to records or spring storms.


And finally, we knew that our neighbors would probably appreciate some changes to the front. The yard is tiny (city living!) but it’s amazing what a few small changes can do.

About the Author:
Ryan and Mike are raising two babies (and rescued pups) while renovating their 100+ year old victorian home. Ryan writes about it on A Forever Home and Mike sings songs about it as Owen.


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