I’m Heather and I appreciate you stopping by! I'm excited to share with you this crazy fun adventure of mine….Heather Homes, LLC. My business was officially formed at the end of 2015 although I've been in the renovation world for almost 20 years now either as a hobby or on a part-time basis. I decided to go all in the summer of 2016 meaning I took the plunge to renovate homes full-time. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it's real because I love it so much. As a small business owner, it's a lot of hard work and thinking outside of the box, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
So in case you haven't caught on, I seriously love old houses. There's nothing else quite like them to me. Their character and charm and the stories they tell….how could you not? What started off as a couple of home improvement projects with my first house somehow turned into a full renovation with my second, a 1920’s bungalow in the heart of Spartanburg’s historic district. And just like that, I was bitten by the bug of historic preservation.
My approach to historic renovations is to honor and preserve as much of the character of the house as possible while making them functional for modern day amenities and living. I work directly with my team of contractors to make sure quality comes first and the design plan is implemented well whether that's in a house we are renovating to sell or a client's home. Old homes come with a lot of wear and tear but I’ve seen first-hand how they can return to their former glory and that any house, regardless of the age, can be transformed into a great home with a little TLC. And that, my friends, is now my passion….to make old homes new again.
Here's where you can find me most days and follow along on our projects. >>>>>
What's so special about historic homes and Hampton Heights?
Often times people ask me what I do and after I describe my job they respond with, "Oh, you flip houses?" No, not really. In fact, I'm not a fan of that description. While it's true that it quickly summarizes my job, for me it's so much more, and specifically in Hampton Heights. I not only do most of my professional work in Hampton Heights but I have also lived in the neighborhood for years. Here's a quick summary:
I've lived in HH for the past 18 years and purchased my first house on S Irwin Avenue in 2002.
I've personally lived in four houses on three different streets and have fully renovated all of them.
I've had the privilege of working on 26 additional houses in the neighborhood, 15 of which have been full house renovations. (Quick note: Some of my earlier work was with the Preservation Trust so that was definitely a team effort.)
I started doing this full-time in July of 2016 so Heather Homes is now officially in year #5!
So, for me, it's personal. My goal is to renovate these historic houses back into beautiful homes with modern-day amenities while at the same time honoring their history and character. However, my favorite part of the job is to pass them on to individuals and families who will love them as much as I do and who want to be part of a community whether that's in Hampton Heights or wherever they call home.
Through the Years: My Personal Homes in Hampton Heights
Click on the pictures above to view each home or visit the Blog to learn more.