Look what a little blood, sweat and tears can get you

Posted on Tue, 8 Nov 2011 by KiM

The other day we received the following email from Jennifer: As a long time follower of your blog, I know you do real estate stalkings. This is my home that I just finished restoring last year. It was built in 1917, nothing had been done to it, well I think, ever!!. It was scheduled for demolition when we bought it. Completely dilapidated, falling over….It took us almost 2 years to renovate it. The tears, the joy, the work….ugh…but the end product I am pretty proud of. We have just put it on the market today and I would love it if you would post some photos or the link! Any of your followers up for a move to Texas??? Now, it takes alot for me to be rendered speechless when it comes to interiors. This one did just that. And when I came to I made my husband come over to my laptop and showed him each and every photo while gasping and pointing. I’m not sure what I’m more shocked about – that this house was supposed to be levelled or that Jen is selling it. (Although she says they just finished one across the street and will send photos when they’re moved in and have it all decked out – can’t wait!). Listing link HERE

Elizabeth says:

I am not the biggest fan of Texas (the weather is not for me) but I would totally move there for this house!

Alicia says:

so much hard work and really beautiful choices throughout–so consistent and surprising at the same time. the white floors make my practical side crazy tho.

oregonbird says:

First Texas house I've ever liked.

maz says:

OMG– I love how they smashed the pool into that teeny area!! Just goes to show you, you can put anything anywhere with enough imagination! (I would like to see the pictures without the weird "stretchy" thing that real estate pics do–I've been to enough showings to know these pics are misleading. but all that aside– a wonderful reno! Hope the market there will bear the huge amounts of money pumped into this one!

Lisa says:

This is a really impressive renovation. Though the house needs a lot more color, IMO, it is brilliantly staged. I do wonder if that listing price is wildly inappropriate for that area, judging from what I see in street view, and comparing this listing to others in the area?? I know this property/ house is very special and unique, but the lot is tiny and it appears one can get much more for their money elsewhere in McKinney. I do very much hope, though, that the right buyer comes along and appreciates all the amazing work done to this charming home.

Delphine says:

This is absolutely stunning !!!! I don't think I would have been able to move from something so lovely .

CJ says:

Amazing! Love it!! She decorates just like I do! Now all I need is how to get in touch with the person that did the renovation. You see I am from San Antonio Texas and planning to move back home soon. Would love to pick her/his brain! Will be redoing my mothers cottage on 2 acres in Helotes, Texas and building another hom on the property.

CJ says:

……and if my husband gets this position he is looking at in Dallas would actually like to purchase this! Please refer her/him to me! http://www.sweetharvestfarms.com. Thanks!

bojana says:

I love this house with its design and furnishing..I would move in directly..;-)..but I'm so far away from Texas (Germany!).

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