HCBA Announces a Full Fall Season of Seminars for Homeowners

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The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) has released its full Fall 2014 Seminar Series schedule—now open for online registration. This series is free of charge and features a wide variety of new topics designed to help owners of any Chicago home improve the beauty, sustainability and safety of their homes through simple and affordable repair projects.

Fall topics and locations:

Living in a Material World: The Importance of Building Deconstruction and Reuse
Until recently, Chicago had more tear-downs than any other city in the U.S. While saving and reusing existing buildings is almost always the greenest option, there are options beyond a quick and dirty demolition for entire homes as well as interior renovations. Join preservation and sustainability consultant Carla Bruni to learn about the differences between demolition and deconstruction, why one should care about saving the materials used to build bungalows and other historic homes, and the financial incentives available to offset the cost of deconstruction.

Date/Time: Monday, September 15, 6:00pm
Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Thursday, September 18, 6:00pm
Location (South): Brainerd Library, 1350 W. 89th St, 60620

Expanding Spaces: Attics
Julie Liska, of Liska Architects will review how to best use that unfinished attic space in bungalow or vintage homes to maximize living and storage space potential. Her presentation will include related building codes, structural and heating/cooling issues for new second floor spaces as well as considerations for bungalow aesthetics when altering the roof line of homes.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 25, 6:30pm
Location (North): Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave, 60625

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 30, 6:30pm
Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Big Ideas for Small Kitchen Spaces
Join Terri Johnson and the AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group for a presentation on Kitchen Renovations in small spaces. Learn how to work with an architect and gain valuable insight on how to get the most bang for your buck for renovations. From smart efficient design to cabinetry accessories and finish upgrades—this presentation will give the tools to get projects started on the right foot.

Date/Time: Monday, October 6, 6:00pm
Location (South): Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St, 60643

Date/Time: Thursday, October 9, 6:00pm
Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W. Lawrence Ave, 60630

Nice Pipes! Solving Plumbing Problems
Join Marek Mroz, of American Vintage Homes to help solve common plumbing issues. Topics discussed will include: water piping distribution/solving problems with low water pressure, drainage and sewer issues, problems and solutions for water in basements, and the pros and cons of different types of hot water heaters.

Date/Time: Monday, October 20, 6:00pm
Location (North): Mayfair Library, 4400 W. Lawrence Ave, 60630

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 28, 6:00pm
Location (South): Brainerd Library, 1350 W. 89th St, 60620

The Unique History of Your Chicago Bungalow
In this Bungalow 101, HCBA's very own preservationists, Faith Rackow and Emily Bailey Burns, will discuss Chicago's bungalow history. Learn about bungalow origins and the development of the unique Chicago bungalow style. They will also discuss the Arts and Crafts Movement, the growth of Chicago's bungalow neighborhoods and why HCBA believes bungalows will be around for another 100 years.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 5, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 11, 6:30pm
Location (North): Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N. Long Ave, 60641

Heating Systems 101
DNR Construction will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of modern heating systems, and systems most commonly found in vintage homes—steam heating systems, hot water heating systems, and forced air systems. Common problems will be discussed, along with simple solutions to prevent bigger problems. Current energy efficiency grants and programs will also be presented.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 12, 6:00pm
Location (North): Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark St, 60626

Date/Time: Monday, November 17, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Ave, 60617

All seminars are free of charge and open to the public. Limited space is available. RSVP is required to reserve a space.

This schedule is subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, visit our Events Calendar at http://www.chicagobungalow.org/events-calendar.

For more information and questions regarding HCBA's Fall 2014 Seminar Series, please contact Gillian Wiescher, Director of Communications, Historic Chicago Bungalow Association at gwiescher(at)chicagobungalow(dot)org.

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