The Boarded Up Beauty
Built in 1917 ~ Renovated in 2018
This house sat vacant and boarded up for almost 10 years turning it into one of the biggest eyesores in the neighborhood. Luckily, we were able to purchase it in March of 2018 and for the next 6 months, completely restored this beautiful home.
We started with the necessities including all new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and roof. The kitchen was completely gutted including removing the wall between it and the dining room for a more open concept and the back addition was removed in order to reinstate the original screened-in porch along with the addition of a small deck. The back portion of the upstairs also went through a major renovation in order to create a master suite and a second full bathroom.
To those in the neighborhood, the biggest change was to the exterior of the home where the overgrown yard was cleared, the remaining original windows and new replicas were installed, and a fresh coat of paint freshened up everything as well as new landscaping. We also added a new two-car parking pad and a beautiful arched wood privacy fence in the back. Many thanks to all of the contractors and others who helped to turn this once eyesore to the prettiest house on the block!
The History Behind the Name
In case you're curious why we call it the Boarded Up Beauty, here's the story. The lady who used to live here passed away many years ago and her family inherited the property. They live out-of-state so logically t was hard for them to check on the house.
>>This house sits diagonally across the street from the very first house Heather bought and lived in in Hampton Heights. She knew the lady who lived there and would visit with her on the front porch dreaming of what the yard could look like with a little TLC.
The family came down around 2007 and tried to fix up the house to sell. Since they didn't live around here they also didn't realize that they weren't allowed to tear out the original windows (to replace them) since Hampton Heights is in a locally designated historic district. The City stopped their work so they boarded up the house and went home.
Almost 10 years later....Heather got in touch with the brother who inherited the house and he agreed to sell.