Four years ago, the relatively small sum of $9,000 for a dilapidated house near downtown Indianapolis felt like an overpayment.
Located in the city’s Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, the run-down home had water hip-deep in the basement, visible daylight between the slats in the walls, and was stripped down to the studs on the interior.
But that’s just the kind of property Mina Starsiak Hawk and her mother, Karen E. Laine, are looking for as they renovate homes on their hit HGTV show, “Good Bones.”
After several months of hard work and after spending $170,000 on renovations, the duo were able to claim victory over this once-decrepit dwelling.
In an episode titled “Flooded Two-Story Restored,” they transformed what was once a 1,800-square-foot up/down duplex into a lovely three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 2,404-square-foot single-family home.
Once they finished the renovations, their company, Two Chicks and a Hammer, sold their handiwork for $265,537 in April 2017—a pretty solid return on investment.
Now, nearly four years later, the home featured on Season 2 of their show has bounced back onto the market for $305,000.
The home has a number of upscale features, including two spacious Carrara marble bathrooms upstairs, as well as a kitchen with marble counters and a sizable island in marble downstairs.
The team behind “Good Bones” also added flashy yet elegant light fixtures and other accessories. Starsiak Hawk described the house as “a sensible girl with really good jewelry.”
Because there wasn’t much to build off in 2017, the entire layout of the house downstairs was completely changed. An entryway with a built-in bench was added, and the living room, family room, and kitchen were connected, with an open flow.
French doors lead out to a reimagined backyard with a large deck. As with most of the rest of the homes in the area, there’s no garage, but there is private parking for two cars off the back alley.
The remodeled and expanded upstairs area now includes three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, both with double vanities. There’s another powder room downstairs.
At the front of the house, a charming porch was added, as was a brand-new retaining wall, stairs, and fresh landscaping.
This modernized version of the house, which was originally built in 1905, is now a residence with all sorts of old-school charm—and none of the fixer-upper work normally required in a century-old home.
One of the home’s greatest assets didn’t change at all: its location, a leisurely bike ride from downtown and Fountain Square.
If you’d like to see the women at work, you can watch the home’s renovation in the episode on HGTV.com.
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