The St. John house is our first project in San Antonio. It is a joint venture with Andress & Three, LLC—the same folks we worked with on the Ash House in Temple. This was a really sad house. From what I have learned, I’m glad I don’t know all of the details. But our job is to make it a happy home for somebody again.
GOOD NEWS! We have an offer. WE will still accept back-up offers.
Larry had already started on the project before he brought it to us, so I don’t have any actual before pictures. Even so, the first day on the project, the GC hauled away three dumpsters of refuse. The earliest picture I have shows two dumpsters in the front yard. Our contractor, Abigail, hauled away three full dumpsters of garbage just to get started on the house.
We cleared away several trees that were oppressing the curb appeal of the house and encroaching on its structure. That brought in a ton of additional light, cheering the visage and eliminating threats to the house’s stability.
The second picture at right shows the huge effect just scraping all the old paint off had on the house. You can see the lovely lines and interesting features. Painting it dark gray with creamy accents will really make it look sharp.
The back yard was almost as much of a mess as the front. It was full of trash, and you could just make out the foundation where a small garage may have once stood. There is access to the backyard from the alley, which gives the house a second, more private entrance.
There was also an ugly awning from the 1960s (at the latest). It was in poor condition with iron support poles losing the fight with rust. The awning itself covered half of the kitchen window, lending a gloomy, Lovecraftian air to the kitchen. It had to go.
Although filled with garbage, the living room was the nicest room in the house. It had suffered very little from the decades of neglect that had afflicted the rest of the house.
The kitchen was tiny, cramped, and completely unsuited for modern life. Although the cabinets were not beyond saving, we gutted the kitchen to make room for a clean, safe, modern entertaining space. We opened a wall between the kitchen and dining area for a more open concept. We also brought more light into the kitchen by taking down an awning in the back yard that covered more than half of the kitchen window.
The bathroom was a total loss. Years of leaking pipes had rotted away the floor and subfloor and damaged the beams. This all required a lot of framing and plumbing to repair.
For some reason, there was a second door off the front porch that lead to the front bedroom. We sealed this entrance for added security and salvaged the door, which was in excellent condition, to replace the original front door, which was beyond restoration. Other than that, paint and flooring.
It was a mess, but just needed paint and cleaning.
What a difference a few months of work has made!