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Texas Appliance April 2020

Like the home you see here, Cindi and Jerry Owen have undergone quite a transition in recent months. About a year ago, the couple closed on this house in the Shorewood Estates neighborhood and, as you can see from the photos, upgraded it considerably.

But, even if the “redo” was part of the original plan, what it now represents wasn’t.

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“In January of 2017, my husband and I made the decision to purchase a home together, with my mother and stepfather, due to his failing health, that would accommodate space for all four of us to have separate living areas,” Cindi recalls. “In the fall of 2018, they were both doing much better, and decided they would like to live in a retirement community. In September, we moved them into Watercrest in Mansfield and put our home in Kennedale on the market in November. In December, my husband and I began looking for a home to downsize and found one that we loved in the very sought after Lake Arlington area. We negotiated a sales price and set closing for Dec. 28. We planned for extensive renovations to begin in January on our ‘forever’ home.”

But a turn of events shortly thereafter put that plan on hold, at least for a while.

“On Dec. 18, my stepfather took a turn for the worse and was not expected to live much longer,” Cindi says. “There was no way that my mother could live alone, and we made the decision that she would move back into the Kennedale house and we would remove it from the sales market. Then just two days before we were to close, my stepfather made a miraculous recovery, and now we had a decision to make. Let it go back or move forward with the purchase. We decided that we wanted to go through with the purchase and renovate the house as if we were going to live there. We had great success with buying and selling properties in the past few years,and I really enjoy seeing my visions in remodeling come to fruition, so it made perfect sense for us to ‘flip’ this one.”

Cindi and Jerry teamed to complete the renovation. “He has a full-time job, so the day-to-day operations were pretty much left up to me,” Cindi says.

The home, custom-built in 1982, is located on a wooded corner lot within walking distance of Lake Arlington with 2,560 square feet of space, four bedrooms (three, if you want one to be a private entrance office), 2.5 baths, one living area and two dining areas.

“As you can see from the before pictures, the house had not been changed since it was built in 1982,” Cindi says. “We completely gutted the kitchen, both bathrooms, added a half-bath, closed up a wall and added a door to create a more private bedroom, removed cabinets to create an open concept, converted garage storage into an office/fourth bedroom, removed old decking and steps,  and added all new windows, exterior doors, Modern Farm House style lighting fixtures, pot lights, appliances and flooring.”

The Owens also removed a dumpster load of brick on walls inside and outside the home, added all new interior doors and updated electrical and plumbing. They enlarged four windows and repaired brick trim. They trimmed and cut down dead trees, added new landscaping, added five piers for foundation, removed two damaged skylights, replaced the water heater, raised the sunken living area floor six inches, enlarged the steps that separated the living and dining areas, installed two barn doors, and utilized old kitchen cabinets in the garage. In addition, they removed all popcorn ceilings and painted the entire house, inside and out. They turned smaller double closets into large walk-in closets with shelving and clothes rods. They installed beautiful Shaker Style custom cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. All of the windows and doors are trimmed in the Shaker Farm Style wood trim, and the mirrors are trimmed to match. They added two sets of French Doors on the exterior and a new Shaker style front door. They put granite countertops in the kitchen, the utility room and in all bathrooms.

To complete the renovation, they designed a spa-like master bathroom with Carrara marble, crafted a walk-in shower and wall and put in a large free-standing oval soaker tub in front of a reeded glass window. They added custom-framed mirrors in the bathrooms, as well as a seamless glass shower in the master bath. They put in new toilets, upgraded faucets and interior and exterior door hardware throughout. They added luxury water-resistant laminate flooring, faux finished the wall in the living area around fireplace, and added a custom mantel, all keeping with a Modern Farmhouse look. Outside, they put in some new gutters and repaired others, and they repaired any exterior wood that had deteriorated over time.  >>>

“I feel that this home’s best features are the modern, updated look of the pure white and grey, which is in keeping with the latest trends which we are seeing in new builds, as well as home renovation television shows,” Cindi says. “It’s hard to say just which renovated area is my favorite. I guess if I have to choose, it would be the kitchen and master bathroom. They both turned out exactly as I had imagined them in my designs. I was able to find just the right Carrara marble tile sizes and accent trim to create the look I wanted in the high-end, luxury feel of the spa-like master bathroom. The beautiful, white-painted custom cabinets with an amoire’ in the center of the double eight-foot-long vanities are accented with the reeded glass doors, go to the ceiling and were more beautiful than I had expected. The grey and white colors are so soothing.”

As might be expected, the renovation has created a dwelling that is ideal for entertaining. Cindi says adding a more modern and stylish deck in the back opened up the views to the beauty of the back yard and lends itself to perfect entertaining. “The outside party can then move right into the living area through French doors to the open concept leading to the dining room, kitchen and breakfast room,” she says. “I am a chef and caterer, and the kitchen is definitely designed for convenience and practicality, just the way I wanted it for me.”

Now that the Owens’ previous “dream home” has been converted into a “dream flip home,” it is on the market and is available through The Christenberry Group. To find out more about the house, you can call Operations Manager Bree Caddell at 817-770-2475 or email her at operations@christenberry.group.

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