Hey there! 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.
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 love them? 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.
So full disclosure….I’m self-taught. I didn’t major in interior design nor do I have my contractor’s license. I’ve learned along the way. If a contractor shows me how to do something once, I’ve usually got it, or at least understand how it fits into the bigger picture. My design style has evolved over the years and I suspect it will continue to do so in the future. But I always, always, believe that quality comes first. No way around it. 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 transform into a great home with a little TLC. And that, my friends, is now my passion….to make old homes new again, and I'm honored that you've decided to tag along.
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 loathe that description. While it's true that description quickly summarizes my job in a nutshell, 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 here for the past 17 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 24 additional houses in the neighborhood, 13 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 #4!
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, the bigger goal is to pass them on to individuals and families who want to be part of a community because while historic renovations are my passion, building community is my mission...in Hampton Heights and wherever my clients call home.
are my passion,
but building community
is my mission.
Through the Years: My Personal Homes in Hampton Heights
To read more about each of my own personal renovations, visit the Blog.