HCBA Announces a Full Spring Season of Seminars for Homeowners

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This series is free of charge and features a wide variety of new topics designed to help owners of any Chicago home—whether you’re a home repair expert or rehab rookie—preserve and improve the beauty, sustainability and value of their home. New topics include an expansion of the Basement Flooding seminar, a special homeowner panel on Small Kitchen Renovations, Expanding Spaces: Basements, plus much more!

The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) has released its full Spring 2015 Seminar Series schedule—now open for online registration:

Bungalow Maintenance 101
Join Sustainability and Historic Preservation Consultant Carla Bruni to learn about typical materials, mechanical systems, as well as common maintenance issues in your Chicago bungalow. Learn how to improve the value of your bungalow and prolong its life by reducing energy usage, assessing or completing simple repairs and regular maintenance tasks, and gaining the basic vocabulary essential for talking to contractors.

Date/Time: Monday, February 2, 6:00pm
Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Thursday, February 26, 6:30pm
Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

From Doors to Floors: Restoring Wood Interiors
Join Araceli Perez from Peter's Wood Refinishing to learn basics on how to bring wood interiors back to their original glory by refinishing your woodwork. The focus will be on how to prep your walls, floors, and doorways before stripping your woodwork; removing your trim versus stripping it onsite; and tips on how to strip and refinish your woodwork.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 5, 6:00pm
Location (North): Roden Library, 6083 N Northwest Hwy, 60631

Date/Time: Monday, February 9, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

New! Homeowner Panel: Big Ideas for Small Kitchen Spaces
Join a special panel of 4-5 HCBA members as they talk about their experience renovating their Chicago bungalow kitchens within the existing footprint of the home. Gain valuable insight as they share and discuss their project, including budget, scope of work, contractor/architects used, challenges, solutions, struggles and lessons learned. This presentation will include plenty of before, during and after photos to compliment the individual projects. At the end of the panel, a Q&A session will be held to answer questions you may have. This special homeowner panel will give you the insight to get your project started on the right foot.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 11, 6:00pm
Location (South): Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St, 60643

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 31, 6:30pm
Location (North): Welles Park Fieldhouse, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave, 60625

Simple Estate Planning
Join us to learn about the basics of estate planning. Find out: What are your assets? Who are your heirs? How does your plan vary from others? How can you enact your plan? Attorney Kimberly Jean Brown of Legacy Complete will be available to answer any questions you may have to simplify your estate plan.

Date/Time: Monday, March 16, 6:00pm
Location (North): Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave, 60659

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Basement Flooding Part I: Understanding Your Sewers
Wade through the basics of understanding your sewer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Join us and David St. Pierre, Executive Director of MWRD, for an overview of the combined sewer systems in the Chicago area, how they operate during rainstorms, and how this impacts you. Why do basements flood during heavy rains? What causes sewer backups? Most importantly, learn what you can do to help prevent sewer backups, and what the City and MWRD are doing to address these issues.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 3, 6:00pm
Location (North): Northtown Library, 6435 N California Ave, 60645

Date/Time: Monday, March 23, 6:00pm
Location (South): Vodak-East Side Library, 3710 E 106th St, 60617

Date/Time: Monday, April 13, 6:00pm
Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 22, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

New! Basement Flooding Part II: Reducing Flooding Risks on Your Property
As a follow up to Basement Flooding Part I: Understanding Your Sewers, join Ryan Wilson of Elevate Energy/CNT's Rain Ready for an in depth exploration of the causes of flooding on your property and things you can do to help reduce basement flooding issues. This seminar will address areas—both inside and outside of your home—to help reduce flooding and sewer backups. Topics will include "how to's" on disconnecting your downspout, installing a rain barrel, and planting a rain garden.

Date/Time: Monday, March 9, 6:00pm
Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Monday, March 30, 6:00pm
Location (South): Vodak-East Side Library, 3710 E 106th St, 60617

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 14, 6:00pm
Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm
Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Don’t Trash That Sash: Window Repair
Join Julie Liska of Liska Architects to learn about why you should love your original wood windows! Learn about materials, history, and restoration techniques for those double sashed beauties. Julie will also shed light on some misconceptions about new windows and explain how repairing and restoring your sashes can save both energy and money.

Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm
Location (North): Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse, 2500 W Lunt Ave, 60645

New! Bungalow Curb Appeal: Landscaping
Does your front yard look tired and old? Does the landscape need a pick-me up and a bit of pop? Join Prairie Godmothers to show you how to improve your garden spaces by reframing the space, adding show-stopping plants and shrubs and improving your soil. Meet plants that embody the look and feel of your bungalow and are easy to care for as well.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 20, 6:00pm
Location (South): Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St, 60643

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 26, 6:30pm
Location (North): Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N Long Ave, 60641

Working With An Architect
Hear from residential architectural specialists of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations, budgets and realistic payback periods for "green" improvements. Learn how to define environmental goals for your vintage home, what resources are available, and understand steps involved in design and construction. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect, so bring your photos!

Date/Time: Monday, May 18, 6:00pm
Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 3, 6:00pm
Location (North): Mayfair Library, 4400 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

New! Expanding Spaces: Basements
Julie Liska, of Liska Architects will review how to best use that unfinished basement space in your bungalow or vintage home to maximize your living and storage space potential. Her presentation will include related building codes, structural and heating/cooling issues for new basement space, water infiltration management as well as considerations for bungalow aesthetics when altering the footprint of your home.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 4, 6:00pm
Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 9, 6:30pm
Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Vintage Masonry Repair
Presented by Mario Machnicki of Marion Restoration, this seminar will cover topics including: common masonry deterioration problems; identifying priority repairs; best practices for cleaning and repointing; and establishing a scope of work for rehab projects.

Date/Time: Monday, June 15, 6:00pm
Location (North): Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave, 60659

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 23, 6:00pm
Location (South): Brainerd Library, 1350 W 89th St, 60620

All seminars are free of charge and open to the public. Limited space is available. RSVP is required to reserve a seat. To RSVP online, visit http://www.chicagobungalow.org/events-calendar or call 312-675-0300 x10.

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

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