Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9780978965013 Published March 2008

The Historic Chicago Greystone

A User's Guide for Renovating and Maintaining Your Home

Edited by Daniel Wheeler, James Wheaton and Tasneem A. Chowdhury

The Historic Chicago Greystone
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Edited by Daniel Wheeler, James Wheaton and Tasneem A. Chowdhury

Distributed for University of Illinois at Chicago, City Design Center

108 pages | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 2007
Paper $21.95 ISBN: 9780978965013 Published March 2008
Many of the stately greystones that line Chicago’s streets and boulevards have fallen into disrepair, but there is now a movement afoot to renovate these beautiful historic structures. Three experts in the field of Chicago housing and architecture now offer an accessible guide to properly renovating the Chicago greystone.

            In clear and comprehensive chapters, the authors explain the technical aspects of inspecting, maintaining, and restoring a greystone home. They outline four levels of building restoration conditions—Maintainer, Fixer-Upper, Rehabber, and Total Gut—and chart the step-by-step renovation procedures for each level of restoration. The book effectively educates greystone owners on restoration methods that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, financially sustainable, and historically aware.

            The Historic Chicago Greystone provides an essential and unparalleled guide to the maintenance and restoration of these treasured Chicago dwellings.
The Greystone: No Ordinary Building
A Case Study: The Story of One Greystone
Investigating Your Greystone
Greystone Structure: How It Stands Up
Basic Systems: Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
Interior Detailing: Original Practices
Greystone "Outback"
Assessing Your Greystone
Total Gut
Restoring/Renovating Your Greystone
Moving the Walls: Variation on Plan Layouts
Preserving the Stone
The Facade, Improved
The Porch
Focus Front Facade: Upgrades and Improvements
Focus Rear Facade: Commonly Overlooked Code Violations
"Opening Up"
Various Masonry Openings
A Greystone Reborn
Greystone "Outback" Revisited
Interior Detailing: Contemporary Practices
Staying Dry: Roof
Staying Dry: Foundation
Basics of Mechanical Systems
Basics of Electrical Systems
Basics of Plumbing Systems
The Front Yard: Fitting into the Street, Incrementally
The Rear Yard: Defining, Using Your Outdoor Room
Additional Information
Cracking the Codes
Choosing a Contractor
Recommended Specificatoins for a Green Building
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