‘Good Bones’ Season 5 Episode 1: Mina and Karen turn their most expensive investment yet into a gorgeous home

The hosts of HGTV’s famed way of life collection ‘Good Bones’, Mina Starsiak Hawk, and Karen E Laine are again. Mina, a actual property agent and Karen, a former protection legal professional, started transforming home in their free time within the Fountain Sq. and Bates-Hendricks neighborhood of their hometown, Indianapolis. In 2008, they determined to open a home rehab enterprise, ‘Two Chicks and a Hammer, Inc.’ Their mission is to redefine Indianapolis one home at a time, by shopping for previous dilapidated properties and rehabbing them into beautiful, fashionable, city remodels. The mother-daughter duo finest recognized for fixing and renovating homes work on their most expensive investment, to this point, within the season 5 premiere of the present.

Mina and Karen have had their eye on a charming little bungalow on Woodlawn, in Indianapolis’ fashionable Fountain Sq. neighborhood. They introduced it from householders George and Paula, the previous having grown up there. The 2 had began relationship once they had been youngsters and lived in the home for most of their lives. The home initially belonged to George’s mother and father, who owned the home for 50 years or so. Though the couple may have simply bought the home to a developer, they knew it might most seemingly be torn down and new infrastructure would take its place. Nevertheless, they did not need that and as a substitute bought the property to Mina and Karen as a result of they had been sure that the duo would respect it and its historical past. 


Fountain Sq. is the most secure space for buying a home, stated Mina and she was very blissful that she had invested in George’s home, however it did price her a fairly penny.  She purchased the home for a whopping $130,000, which is their most expensive investment since they started ‘Two Chicks and a Hammer Inc.’ As soon as it’s transformed and refurnished into a fashionable, city home that may appeal to potential consumers, Mina hopes to listing and promote it for $300,000. The within of the home, nevertheless previous and charming, is just about falling aside and each Mina and Karen know they’ve a lot of labor forward of them and must stretch their finances to a new excessive for renovations. The present infrastructure is 1,375 sq. toes and homes three bedrooms, two dwelling rooms, a eating room, a kitchen and just one tub. After a fast and intensive scope of the home, Mina and Karen conclude that they are going to be working with not less than a $100,000 finances.


Evidently flooring of the home incorporate hardwood in a gorgeous mahogany shade and has been well-preserved because of the carpet that has lain over it for presumably the entire time George’s household lived there. They determine to maintain the present hardwood flooring, and merely scrub and refinish them, somewhat than disguise them beneath a carpet. For the interiors, they turn one of many bigger dwelling rooms into a master suite, whereas one other smaller bed room that adjoins a barely bigger bed room turns into a strolling closet and en-suite toilet. The basement wants some work too, they understand, as a toppling chimney has been accountable for main cracks on the lounge partitions. As well as, the home has too many slim doorways and a small rounded area for a kitchen, which appears too tight. They determined to cast off the doorways and create an open ground plan, starting all the way in which from the hallway on the entrance door, by means of the household lounge, eating room and the kitchen. 


For the outside, the home wants a new siding, whereas the brickwork requires repairing. With the estimated renovation prices, the investment totaled as much as $230,000 and their attainable itemizing will depart them with a $70,000 revenue. That set, the demo of the interiors started and the group confronted a couple of roadblocks and finances issues all through the renovation course of however persevered anyway. The duo’s principal goal was to offer the home their signature eclectic Cali really feel, combining its unique options with some fashionable reinforcements. Karen saved some previous items from the home, that she nonetheless thinks has potential if refurbished and put again in place just like the chandeliers and cupboard handles, whereas Mina added all the trendy touches that the home must look stylish, inviting and city. Karen scraped out the wallpaper, to search out a gorgeous teal wallpaper beneath, that has distressed over time. She decides she needs to provides a rustic look to the home, however additional distressing it, artistically and then including polyurethane to it. 


They add delicate and daring particulars to the home, embody a pretend wainscotting for the lounge, black counter tops for the kitchen, myriad shades of inexperienced as wall paint, patterned Herringbone tiled partitions with gold accents so as to add sophistication and delicate inexperienced paint to go on the outside of the home. As deliberate they scrub the hardwood ground themselves and put the unique refurbished parts, which provides a sense of coziness and consolation to the general model of the home. As soon as the home was completed, with interiors accomplished and the furnishings moved in, Mina and Karen invited the previous householders George and Paula to take a take a look at their newly transformed home. The couple was bowled over and awestruck by the renovations however had been nonetheless swept away by the sentimentality of getting preserved the character and unique framework of the home. Ultimately, the renovation prices had exceeded the duo’s preliminary finances by $50,000 bringing the full to $150,000. Their complete investment on the home amounted to $280,000, prompting Mina to listing it for $315,000. The home was bought to a younger couple for $310,000, leaving the group with a revenue of $30,000. 

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