Why would anyone buy a house?

Christine and I have always been happy renters. For us, the prospect of buying a house - let alone maintaining one - always seemed more work than it was worth. 

But with tween twins getting steadily bigger and more independent, by 2018 it was clear we would inevitably outgrow our three bedroom apartment eventually, making us house curious for the first time. 

Helping resolve our uncertainty; Stephanie Chandler - force of nature/realtor. Stephanie heroically led us on a multi-year tour of more than 30 homes to help us find a house with a price and feature set to get us out of our apartment. 

Going into this process, we weren't entirely clear what that would be. Christine is partial to Tudors and farmhouses. I'm more interested in glass walls and flat rooftops. We wanted four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a decent kitchen, and a backyard in a neighborhood where the house would appreciate in value enough to make it worth the investment. Trudging through new homes and old homes, we discovered that homes inside our ideal budget would require at last $100,000 in contractor costs to get the features we wanted and new homes, which tended to be outside of our ideal budget, weren't quite perfect enough to justify the stretch. 

Refusing to give up on us, Stephanie introduced us to 5320 W 60th St, a 2959 split level in Birchcrest, and C Allen Homes - a combination that promised us the opportunity to turn a space in a great neighborhood into the perfect home for our family. 

Inspiration

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Getting started

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Elevation

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Demo week

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Framing

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The hole

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