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HISTORIC HOMEOWNER SPOTLIGHT: PART V

This is our final Historic Homeowner Q&A before "Bouldin Years," our 25th Annual Historic Homes Tour! The event is just around the corner on Saturday, April 29, so save yourself some time by pre-ordering your tickets HERE.

This classic South Austin bungalow, completed in 1928, is one of the oldest houses on Bouldin Avenue. Architect Stuart Sampley and builder JGB Custom Homes completed its gorgeous renovation for the current owner in 2012, blending contemporary features with original Craftsman style details. Its colorful interiors, attic loft, and the owner’s extensive art collection are must-sees!

Photo by Joan Brook Photography.

When did you move into your home?
October 2011.

What do you love most about your home? About your neighborhood?
I love my home’s central hallway for my art gallery, its flow and layout, and its coziness – an overall vintage feel with updated bathrooms and kitchen. I love the neighborhood’s location and friendly people.

Can you tell us a little bit about your home’s renovation?
We added about 600 square feet by putting a loft in the attic; redid the kitchen (which was not original anyway) and added French doors connecting it to the back deck; took away part of the family room to add a new en-suite master bathroom; and redid one hallway bathroom, and got rid of second hallway bathroom, to install spiral stairs to the loft. We also restored the 1940 garage using materials from the house; the shiplap boards in the garage workroom were removed from the house during the remodel, and part of the original metal roof is now siding inside car area.

Does your home have any sustainable features you’d like to point out?
We installed a water collection system in back yard for irrigation and preserved our shade trees.

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?
I am a native Austinite. I believe in preserving Austin’s character. My interest in design and architecture makes me believe that if a home has good bones, it should be saved. This is also good for the environment.

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