Fire and water damage to the Orland P Bassett home in Hinsdale, Illinois was so extensive, it will have to be torn down to the studs and restored

A Hot Mess

The fire was devastating. Physically and emotionally. Carefully crafted linen cabinets and built in bookcases were burned, hand laid parquet floors scorched and hand painted ceilings ruined by water.What was not destroyed by the flames was wet and smelled of smoke. The Orland P. Bassett house will need to be stripped down to the bare studs. Long before we became involved (6 months) David  Post … Continue reading A Hot Mess


I love old houses, but sometimes they can be a little creepy. Especially Victorians. All that lace and doilies. They can feel dusty and repressive to me. So once again, I have to find that balance between historic and frumpy. The first thing we did was get rid of all  the lace window treatments. That was easy. Adding more light and updating the light fixtures helped a lot … Continue reading Defrumpify

Restoring The Orland P Bassett House

Dave’s been fortunate to have been involved in some really cool projects over they past 30 years, but this one might just take the cake. On April 11, a piece of Hinsdale history caught on fire. Thanks to the brave fire fighters, no-one was hurt, and Ruby, the black Lab was pulled from the fire unharmed. But the blaze, which started on the roof, raged … Continue reading Restoring The Orland P Bassett House

Decisions Decisions Decisions

The wait is over. Erik Johnson has the plans. The preliminary sketches actually, but that’s the only part I really care about. Erik nailed it. We were happy to see the addition blending seamlessly with the existing house. Dave’s goal is always to create an addition where you can’t tell where the old stops and the new begins, and that starts with a well thought … Continue reading Decisions Decisions Decisions