HISTORIC HOMEOWNER SPOTLIGHT: PART II
Every Monday leading up to our 2017 Historic Homes Tour we’ll feature a Q&A with one of our wonderful featured homeowners about why they love their neighborhood, and how they’ve kept their historic home authentic. Enjoy! And purchase your event tickets HERE.
This 1935 bungalow by built by a farmer-turned-elevator operator is a classic example of the working- and middle-class homes that came to define Bouldin in the 1920s and 1930s. Its recent rehab was designed by Elizabeth Baird Architecture & Design and built by JGB Custom Homes. Photos by Andrea Calo.
COLLIER HOUSE: GEORGIA KEITH, owner
When did you move into your home?
What do you love most about your home? About your neighborhood?
I love the trees (most of which are in my neighbor’s yard) and my outdoor shower best. The prior owner planted lots of trees - an allee of elms, plums in front and loquat. I have the best neighbors in the world who shape my neighborhood.
Do you have any interesting stories about the families that previously lived there?
I learned about connections within connections from the previous owner. My family ranch was near his brother’s ranch just outside of Austin. We have friends, schools and interests in common. And I am negotiating to buy another property from him. He has great taste.
Have you renovated or added onto your home in recent years?
Yes, I remodeled in 2015. I added about 220 square feet and reconfigured the use of the rooms. The smaller bedroom became my closet and laundry room. The old screened porch became the master bath. And then the former view from the second window became my outdoor shower!
People talk a lot about preserving Austin’s character, but so often our historic neighborhoods are demolished piece by piece without comment. Why did you choose to invest in your historic home instead of demolishing it for a larger house, or moving into a new neighborhood elsewhere?
Because I love the feel of the neighborhood with its bungalows that have individual characteristics (and characters in them)!