Windows And Doors

The awesome team is back at the Bassett House looking for clues, only this week, Jeff Ediger, from Oak Brothers is with us. Today, it’s about windows. First, we had to figure out what is original and what is not. Sometimes that was easy. These windows are clearly not original. And Neither is this front door. But sometimes it was a little more difficult. We thought the … Continue reading Windows And Doors

Balancing History With Modern Life

We have a historical house designed by a historically significant architect, Howard Van Doren Shaw.  It is not one of his famous Lake Forest multi million dollar estates, but it does sit in the heart of the La Grange Historic District  (on the National Registrar of Historic Places).  We can not bastardize this house. So I did what I always do when I realize I’m in over … Continue reading Balancing History With Modern Life

Move In Day

I’m that annoying person who starts doubting my purchases the moment they become final. Its’s as though the fact that I own something, somehow makes it less desirable. Buyer’s remorse. That was my fear as I opened the massive 124-year-old door of my new home for the first time.   To my delight, the house seemed even more special now that it was mine. With … Continue reading Move In Day

Don’t Get Emotionally Attached

    This house hunting is getting depressing. I keep falling in love, and Dave keeps saying no. We are sixty days from being homeless. Today we looked at an old Colonial built in the early 1900”s. Once we got past the emerald green carpet that covered the entire house, it started to grow on me. The entry and stairs were gracious, and the rooms were large … Continue reading Don’t Get Emotionally Attached