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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Adventure Begins

The text came through............HOUSE IS CLOSED!!!!  He sent it to us, his Dad and Mom, and today the brother of construction (my steady son) and the dreamer son will start on a large adventure.  They have walked this path together on a smaller project two years ago.   Our son and his wife had bought a 1920's home that our eldest helped to bring up to date, and at the end they were still friends.

Front of house...overlooks a golf course across the street from the front yard.

 This is a garage apartment over a three car opened garage.  A workshop under the apartment and a porch extends out from the front door of the apartment.  Very private and relaxing.

Today they step into a 1950's home that hasn't been touched since it was built.  For weeks our son has met the architect, the lawyers and all that was needed to close on his dream home. His wife patiently and encouragingly walked with him through each hurdle. There were surprise, just like you hear about on the TV shows, before the demo even started.  A garage was built on the property line. Since the home has stayed in the family this is the first time for it to change hands, some things needed to be approved.

This is the original wallpaper in the formal dining room.  Through the door you can see the kitchenette connected to the kitchen.  This all will be torn down to extend the kitchen.

The subdivision was started in the 1920's in this suburb of Dallas, Texas.  His is one of the newer homes in this subdivision.  My son even discovered the ads placed in the Dallas Morning News advertizing the opening on this up coming neighborhood.
 This is an indoor grill...wood burning!! I don't' think they can keep it but they are going to try to keep the hood that was above this grill.

Yes pink bathroom everywhere!!!

 Intercom system still in it original spot.
 Large basement, which is very unusual in Texas.   Windows allow the light into this storage space. Here is where the washer and dryer functioned, which will be moved upstairs.  Fascinating.
 More wallpaper

 Full picture of grill.  They hope to be able to use the hood vent.  It was an interesting walk through this time capsule.
 The Den, which also has a map that covers the side wall, map is from the 1930's.  They hope to save the map.

Of course the drapery maker in me had to take pictures of all the custom window treatments from the 50's.

This is the entry way looking into the back den.  Look at that door bell.  There had been carpet over the wood floors, which were removed.  Walking through this home was like watching old sitcoms from the 50's and 60's.

Our oldest Kenny on the left, the builder, Allen our second born, and home owner.

Waco may have Joanna and Chips Gaines, which we all love, but Dallas has Kenneth Graham Construction and a brother who is going with his dream.  These boys also have a mother who is yelling from the side lines.....GO BOYS!!!  The text to his parents began our journey of watching our two oldest sons work together, what a blessing!!!  Today my husband is starting his birthday walking through the house where his sons are meeting to start the demo.

Stay tune!! The projected finish date is this time next year.
These are just a few of the pictures.

13 Joining in with more words:

Vee said...

What a project! That wood-burning grill is wild. So glad that they will work on restoring the best things and look forward to seeing how this house turns out.

Sonja Goodson said...

"Fixer Upper Denton" ... I can't wait to see what it all looks like!!

Pom Pom said...

How fun to look at the 50's features! I like the shelves in the den and that chair. Cozy!

podso said...

This will be a lot of fun for your family. Seeing the photos reminded me so much of my childhood home which my father built in 1950, and my grandparents' home also built by my grandfather in 1950. The kitchen cabinets look the same style and that wall paper in the dining room is amazing. Too bad the wall has to come down, but i guess it's really not today's style! Look forward to seeing more!

Sue Anne McKinney said...

Oh, how fun is this going to BE!!!!
I hope you keep us informed on the progress. I like that just as much as the final "REVEAL"...PLEASE, pretty please.

Lea said...

Oh, wow! I love watching these type of projects and admire folks that can see such potential. Do keep us updated. What fun!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That is a mid-century modern treasure. It was top of the line when it was built and in amazing shape and that so much of the original work is still preserved.

Debbie Petras said...

I will look forward to photos on their progress. I had to laugh as I thought 'what would Chip and Joanna Gaines' do with this house. But I'm sure your son will do great.

Love you,

Marsha Young said...

Looks like a wonderful project. We love to watch the Waco HGTV show, but you will have an even better "view" of a great project. We will look forward to seeing the progress. Congratulations to your sons!

Farm Girl said...

Wow that is really interesting! Good for them.

Sue said...

Well Dear Friend this post just made my heart swell with joy, for several reasons, that your son and his wife get this beautiful home when completed, and that two brothers can work together and still be friends, ~smile~ says something about their parents!!!

Janette, I can't tell you enough of how blessed I am to have been invited over the past few years to watch as your family has grown numerically and in how the adventures have brought so much joy!. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.
Much love,
Give my friend, Benjamin a big hug!

Rebecca said...

What an adventure! So many possibilities - so many decisions. Can they keep the pink bathrooms? (I can't help loving them.)

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Wow! I can't wait to see the finished photos. The home has a lot of potential and was obviously very elegant for the time period. Hard to believe it had never been updated since it was built. Amazing. Thank for letting us in on this project.

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