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                       615 N. CHILES STREET, CARLINVILLE                          

 Brenda S. Allen, Managing Broker/Realtor® 217-899-7136

  I personally owned 615 N. Chiles Street. It was a rental property that I decided to sell. I had taken good care of it while I was renting it out so it just needed some freshening up. . . so I thought ~

Being a smaller property in size, I needed to open up the space and make what I had to work with have more storage. It also needed some updating in looks and so it got lots of things once I got started.

Let's take a look and see what I ended up doing  .   .   .


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            The front needed some  character so I removed  the awning and replaced it with a nice little stoop. This home was built long ago and as the          story goes, it was used for railroad workers to stay while in the area.  I wanted to keep in line with the 'historic' look so I got some old brick from        the old Pepsi plant here in Carlinville. Rob Dwinnells was my carpenter on this one.   He built the two columns and did the steps and sidewalk with      that brick. We put a new craftsman style door on, added some window boxes and a new house number. The roof was made of metal on top with            nice tongue and groove car siding for the ceiling that was nicely clear coated. To finish off the outside, Rob, refinished the foundation with stucco.                       Notice, too, the big, outdated picture windows with two small side windows was replaced with three vinyl windows.                                                                                                                                      WHAT a difference this all made!   


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           In the back we made a foyer entry by extending the walls out and building new steps. A ceiling to the covered porch was made to match the              front by adding the tongue and groove car siding and clear coating it. Rob wanted to use the brick back here, too, so he made a bottom on that             post and a firepit to match. He made the Pergola to add more character for relaxing in this back yard.


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       Looking through the Living Room into the Dining Room we made some great changes! As you can see the wall was taken out to open up                           the space. New woodwork and trim was made throughout, becoming larger than before. Floors were sanded down and then whitewashed                       and clear coated.


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       The view from standing in the Dining Room and looking into the Living Room certainly got a redo, huh! Removing that wall was a good thing!                  


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           Replacing the old, outdated picture window and replacing it with  3 vinyl windows with shutters sure made a difference!  All paneling got                          removed and replaced by drywall. Throughout the walls were textured and then painted with ceilings getting repaired and stomped.


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        The front bedroom got new trim and woodwork, flooring refinished, old windows replaced and new closet area. Where you see the mirror                                                                                  is where there used to be a door that went into the next bedroom.


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         Middle bedroom got the door removed that went into the other bedroom, got all new trim and baseboard, new closet added with old closet                   was turned into a laundry room with stack washer/dryer, hanging rod and storage units.


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          This area got transformed!  Doorways were made bigger, oak was found under the old flooring & new trim added. The two small windows                      that were taken out of the front picture window were made into doors for this built in that is as old as the house! A tech desk was built under              it and a wet bar was put in where the stack washer/dryer was. Such nice improvements. Rob came up with these ideas and built it all  custom!


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     A lot of hard, detailed work went on in this transformation!  Customized cabinets, counter tops, trim work, flooring, farmhouse sink and shelves!


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                                 Lots more storage was made possible with Rob's ideas and his workmanship! It all made a great upgrade!


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    The door you see was taken out and opening redone with the foyer being added. Storage got put on that empty wall with a pantry cabinet.


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   Bathroom got gutted and this door was removed that went into the bedroom. It was taking up needed space. As you can see it was used well!                 Beautiful tile was used as shower surround which included, what Rob called a 'soap garage'!


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                      Rob found another spot for one of the small windows that were next to the big, outdated picture window! He did a lot of custom                                      work in this room! It turned out very nice! 

 This Redesign took a long time, but it was worth it! I loved the end results and it made a young lady a very nice home to start out in!

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Brenda S. Allen, Managing Broker/Owner
17821 Coltallen Drive
Carlinville, Il. 62626
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