From the desk of Misti Reed, TAOLB Home Editor
Several years ago, I got the wild hair to flip a house. I love designing spaces and renovating for my clients, but something has always been so intriguing about making design decisions for a home with an imaginary client in mind – the eventual buyer. Would this person desire a modern style? Eclectic? Traditional? They could really be whatever I wanted them to be!
So, when the opportunity presented itself to purchase a historic home that had been in my husband’s family for decades, I jumped on the opportunity.
My husband and I actually lived in the home for about six months when our five-year-old Grayson was first born and our home was being built in McKinney. Living in a three bedroom, one bathroom home with a tiny baby and a tiny kitchen (with no dishwasher!) was certainly eye-opening in regards to the much needed improvements. I remember rocking Grayson in the middle of the night staring at the walls imagining the potential in that house!
The Hunt Street home was built in 1949 and is considered “Minimal Traditional”, which means the construction materials used were as basic and simple as they come. Because the home was built immediately following World War II and the Great Depression, money wasn’t spent to make any elegant, charming or unnecessary improvements during construction. As it sits today, the home is a little under 1200 square feet and is in the designated “Historic District” of Downtown McKinney, Texas.
This designation is particularly important because it limits what can be done to the exterior of the home. For example, my dreams of a gorgeous wrap around porch and scalloped roof shingles – they were squashed. We are required to stay within the Minimal Traditional guidelines of simplistic construction. So, the architects and I had to get creative in the design process to find ways to restore the beauty that I know is hiding within that original wood siding while still staying true to the historical designation. This will mostly have to come in the interior.
We decided that in addition to opening up the existing interior portion of the home, we will add on 800 additional square feet to the back of the home. This wing will house a gorgeous master suite, a laundry room, a sunroom, and expand the kitchen.
After months of working with the historic office, the architects, and engineers, we are finally at permitting! I will be updating TAOLB often on the progress of the flip, as we are scheduled to obtain our permit to begin exterior demo this week. (eeeek!!!) Here are a few photos of the home in its early life, and how it sits today!
I’m so excited to share this process – our first flip – with you! Stay tuned!
For more of Misti’s home stories, visit our McKinney Homes page.