Renovation, not demolition: P&G Homes

The remodeled kitchen takes advantage of all the natural light on the new back wall.

It’s not hard to see how current trends in Oak Forest housing are transforming the area. If a real estate developer or builder buys a single story house, more likely than not it’s going to be razed and super-sized pronto. But there is another type of renovation going on which might not be as noticeable upon first glance – the renovation of an existing house for a nifty profit.

No doubt about it: Oak Forest is a sellers market

With the explosion of rebuilds in Oak Forest, the pot is getting sweeter for original homeowners.

by Betsy Denson Chris Krienke has been a homeowner of a one story house on Althea in Oak Forest – zoned for Oak Forest Elementary – since 1997 and said she is not interested in selling it. That doesn’t stop the letters from coming though. “They come in spurts,” she said, “about two or three […]

December Do-Over: 3-bedroom home in East Norhill

By Cynthia Lescaleet For The Leader Planning a wedding apparently wasn’t enough of a project for a young couple settling in East Norhill. They also remodeled what had been his cottage into their home. In a way, the project echoed a traditional wedding verse. There was something old (the original house), something new (the master suite addition), something borrowed […]

The Do-Over: A ‘Forever House’ in the Heights


By Cynthia Lescalleet For The Leader Having moved five times in as many years, the Netherland family settled into a west Heights cottage they’ve recently remodeled into what they’re calling their “forever house.” The 1920-built home’s location, near the Heights bike trail and 19th street, as well as the neighborhood’s vibe appealed to the couple, […]