Welcome to Bungalow ’23, stop five on the Bungalow Blog Tour!
When my wife, Ms. Bungalow, and I bought our house in October of 2004, we weren’t necessarily looking for a bungalow or an Arts & Crafts home. We just wanted a place near the south Minneapolis neighborhood where Ms. Bungalow grew up that would have room for our growing family. Now I’m a confirmed bungalow and Arts & Crafts enthusiast.
Over the past 5 1/2 years I’ve taken on several projects around the house and even finished a few. Stripping paint from the fireplace brick remains my favorite completed project. I also get compliments from guests and neighbors on our landscaping (when I’ve kept up the weeding) and on the raised garden bed I built. I have done a bit of history research as well, which yielded the photo at right of the house’s early days, provided by a daughter of the original owner.
Topping my column of unfinished projects is a long-running nursery / bedroom remodeling project in part of the attic level for which I just found a great deal on salvaged maple flooring for the closets. This will match the hard maple floor used throughout the rest of this floor.
And finally, allow me to introduce my new pride and joy: a vintage Chambers 61C range in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. Right now the stove is parked in my living room while I perform a thorough cleaning, but before long I will be able to move the stove into the kitchen.
Some readers might recognize this as Rachel Ray’s stove, but the Chambers has a lot more going for it than a famous fan. Look for more about my Chambers in future posts.
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