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Wednesday, December 22, 2021   /   by Catherine Pabatao

Get a look at new basement ADUs in Bronzeville + 2 other projects

Get a look at new basement ADUs in Bronzeville + 2 other projects

Steven Vance

Aug 27, 2020 · 7 min read

I’m going to give an update on the Chicago accessory dwelling unit ordinance, and show three new ADUs at various stages of development, from conceptual (Focus and bKL), to “waiting for re-legalization” (Granny Flats Chicago), to built-and-rented this year (Monica and Rob).
“Accessory dwelling units” are smaller apartments that have different built forms and coincide with a larger, primary house — which has one or more units — on the same lot. They can be inside, attached to, or separate from this house, and most forms of it are banned through a hodgepodge of zoning rules that regulate the number of buildings and units on a lot.
City Hall will likely propose revisions in September covering, in part, how many ADUs will be allowed during af ...

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Thursday, November 25, 2021   /   by Catherine Pabatao

Featured Design

DKOR Interiors Inc.- Interior Designers Miami, FL
Average rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars

Modern Tropical Fort Lauderdale House
Contemporary Dining Room, Miami
Example of a trendy dining room design in Miami - Houzz

Photo by DKOR Interiors Inc.- Interior Designers Miami, FL ...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021   /   by Catherine Pabatao

3 Design Ideas for a More Enjoyable Laundry Room

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, editor Mitchell Parker discusses three design ideas from pros on Houzz that can make a laundry room a little more enjoyable place to be. A furniture-style workbench is good for folding laundry but also supports other household tasks, such as wrapping gifts, arranging flowers and fixing a small appliance. A painted brick floor creates an unexpected element. And a window provides natural light, fresh air and a view.
See the full article on inviting laundry rooms.

Photo by Frankel Building Group  ...

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Monday, November 15, 2021   /   by C.K. Cole

Real Estate Lessons from Indiana Jones

By CK Cole of The Lighthouse Team of Fulton Grace Realty

Many who managed to sell their homes for top dollar just before the crash, have serious flashbacks when they watch the rolling boulder scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.  This iconic movie has a couple of scenes that work well to symbolize real estate activities. The next would be when they open the container with the ark. The nasty little villain is enchanted by this beautiful spirit swooping around him. Then suddenly it’s true demonic self shows through and the villain’s face melts just before his head explodes. And this relates to real estate how? Pricing real estate is the answer.  Sellers can get enchanted with the dreamy prospect of how much they think they can sell their home for. This is just as true with individual home sellers as with developers. The individual home seller often says, “I know my neighbor’s home, which is just like mine, sold for $400,000 last y. ...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021   /   by Catherine Pabatao

To-Dos: Your November Home Checklist

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To-Dos: Your November Home Checklist
Get a jump on preparing your house for the holidays so you can relax and enjoy the season’s simple pleasures
Laura GaskillNovember 1, 2021
Houzz Contributor.
Article Courtesy of Houzz:

With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter holidays around the corner, there are things to look forward to (and prepare for) this time of year — even with the adjustments we are having to make because of the pandemic. Batten down the hatches for winter weather and get a jump on holiday prep, so you can relax and savor the simple pleasures of the season, like family dinners and walks in the crisp air outdoors.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
Things to Check Off Your List in an Hour or Less1. Replace floor protectors on chairs. Don’t let dining chairs do damage to your hardwood floors: Check their feet and add or replace floor-protecting pads if needed. Felt pad ...

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