One Room Challenge Week 1: Our Bungalow’s Exterior

I made an impulse, last-minute decision to participate in the One Room Challenge! Over the next 6 to 8 weeks, I’m going to blog once a week about assorted outdoor projects. Here’s Hauslermo in March 2020:


With Covid-19 and Chicago’s stay-home order, our yard has taken on new importance for me. I’m grateful to have a small patch of land that lets me get out of the house, and seeing our yard come back to life this spring has been therapeutic.


Additionally, last week was my 10 year anniversary of blogging. I’m not a consistent poster, but I continue to value this blog as a record of our home. I’m excited to use the ORC as an impetus to blog regularly.

I did the ORC in fall 2018, documenting my mudroom makeover. That project was more straightforward because, well, it was a room and I had a clear plan for my end goal.

Mudroom North Corner Before

Mudroom North Corner After

To be honest, I’m not fully sure what I’ll be covering each week with this ORC, but it is my hope that we’re able to end with photos of our new windows! My window replacement and sunroom renovation timeline is uncertain because of the coronavirus. Either way, here are some things I plan to cover:

  • Our new roof – this has already happened!
  • Tuckpointing repair
  • Paint removal from limestone – maaaaybe
  • Landscaping – past failures and new additions
  • Birds!

That’s all for now. I hope you and yours are well.

You can check out all the other guest participants on the ORC website.
New posts go up every Thursday for 8 weeks.


3 thoughts on “One Room Challenge Week 1: Our Bungalow’s Exterior

  1. I look forward to following your yard progress. You are one of my favorite bloggers. The way you tackle projects encourages me to to try to improve my home with sweat and elbow grease even though I don’t have a big budget.

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