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The new addition: before

My 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house is turning into a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom house!  I rent 1 of 3 units in an old  historical house in Highland Park.  The second story is one unit, and downstairs is split into 2 units.  I had never seen in the next door unit but constantly day dreamed about connecting it to mine – and then my dreams came true. My neighbors moved out and  my landlord called and said she wanted to renovate the unit and join it to mine  – and the best part was, she said I could help design it.  The new addition consists of a bathroom, a bedroom, two closets and a kitchenette.  It was in definite need of some fixing up.   A strange  man and a women  lived there  for 10 years and I don’t think they opened a window the entire time.  The air was so thick with perfume, musk and mold – I had to hold my breathe the first few times I went in.  They were both un employed, drank bud light in the front yard at 8 am, and had a habit of collecting  furniture that people left out on the street. When I was moving into the house back in August, I left a small dresser on the sidewalk for about 5 minutes while I ran inside – by the time I came back out they had dragged it onto their porch and placed a potted dead plant on it. Also, the woman slept on the floor in the hallway….


This is my new bedroom. You can’t really tell how disgusting it was in there by the photos, perhaps the smell attributed to a lot of how dirty it felt. It’s safe to say it hadn’t been cleaned in years though.


This is opposite the bay window, that doorway leads out into the new hallway which will connect to my current place.


Here is the bathroom, and yes that is mold growing on the wall. I’m so excited at the prospect of getting to help design this new space. There was talk of a claw foot bathtub – but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.  Demolition starts soon, so stay tuned! 



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