About ProjectBungalow

On February 5th 2006 I closed escrow on a California Bungalow in the city of Monrovia California. The house was built in 1920 and it’s definitely showing its age.

I love old neighborhoods. They have a sense of place, history and soul that todays McMansion track homes lack. I bought this house as a renovation project. My intention is to upgrade the house while maintaining/improving it’s historic roots. As I started my research online, I realized that there are not many useful resources to help home owners get a handle on the level of complexity and cost for undertaking rennovation projects. So I decided to document my project — think of this as “This Old House The Untold Story”. I hope you will find the information useful, and if you have and advice I hope you will share too. .

Topics I will to cover during the life of the this blog:

  • Key project steps and dependencies
  • Project designs — I will be soliciting input from readers along the way
  • Project costs — I’ll share the costs associated with each step of the project
  • Lists of useful resources, suppliers and contractors I find along the way
  • Lots of pictures and how to explanations

Ultimately, this project will give this dillapidated California Bungalow a new lease on life; and provide a functional and attractive home to families for another 100 years. Whether you have under-taken a similar project or plan to at some time in the future I hope you will participate with me on ProjectBungalow.

Regards

Joseph

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Evil E  |  August 30, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Joey, Joey, Joey!!!! You have been a very busy boy! I hope that you are well! E2

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  • 2. Lee Schamadan  |  August 23, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Mike Devlin has a done a handsome drop leaf trestle table. Nice base with a painted finish that was designed here. Could be adapted to with a flat top to complement the kitchen.
    Where do I send pictures?

    Reply
  • 3. james gamble  |  October 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    What walnut stain did you use on your Fir Door? How many coats?

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    • 4. joseph deck  |  May 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      The stain is something I cooked up myself. I used American Walnut stain as my base and I mixed in some red mahogany dye. The dye penetrates the wood to give it a rich even color and the stain makes the grain pop. I spent a couple days playing around with different mixtures until i got just what i wanted. I get my supplies from Rockler Woodworking

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