Moving in…

It has been about a year since we started in earnest with the basement work. But there were a lot of big tasks we had to take care of.

Just think about the colossal mess that was here when we moved in. Think about when we cleaned out the basement, redid all the sewer work, installed the new concrete floor with the radiant heat, put in the new windows, then constructed the wall framing followed by the insulation and the utility room.

We were burning the midnight oil, particularly for the first two months of this year, and were finally able to make the move from the rental apartment at the HUB into our basement unit at the very end of February.  Although the idea of moving at the end of February in Chicago was scarier than most of the rest of what we’d done, the move itself went very smoothly thanks to the help of our friends David and Lynette.

[tribulant_slideshow gallery_id=”2″]

Yep, you read correctly, we moved in on 02/28/2011. As you can tell, the blog is about two months behind the actual events. In late 2010 things began to happen in such rapid succession that I could not keep up with the writing, let alone find the time and quiet to sit down and put my thoughts to the (digital) paper.

Even though we occupied the basement unit, we still had a lot of little things that needed to be finished. That, however, did not keep us from making this our home.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

4 thoughts on “Moving in…

  1. Oh, wow! I thought from the way you phrased things in the last post that you might have moved in, and I’m so glad for you two – what a huge milestone! The place looks wonderful and cozy. Looking forward to future posts on your continuing adventure in rehabbing.

  2. Marcus,
    have read your blog posts, every one, at least twice, and some more often. Fascinating! My wife and I are embarking on a major renovation project incorporating smart, sustaniable, responsible concepts. We identified with much of your posts and thoughts, to include the exacting German predispositions. We’re submitting through the Chicago Green Homes Program and have found them very helpful. We too have a zoning issue that will hopefully garner an admin adjustment and are also planning to disconnect our downspouts and reroute to a cistern. We’re also discovering the Service Desert: We’re struggling finding similarly minded, affordable contractors for the specialties. Would really appreciate your recommendations. What role did IBC in Milwaukee play? Did you act as your own GC?
    Thanks so much for the committment and time to document your journey. My wife and I learned so much! We look forward to your future posts and thanks again.

  3. So incredibly overwhelmed with what you’ve done here. Sharing this with Jeff in D.C.


  4. Bruce, thank you for your comment. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the blog twice 😉

    IBC acted as our mechanical engineer, took care of the energy calculations and modeling and designed the systems (heating and ventilation). I do have a GC, but, as you can tell, mostly manage the project and subcontractors myself.

    I will take a moment in the next couple of days and put a list of recommendations together that I can e-mail you.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.