Redo work on a 1920 cottage with a watching-the-world-pass porch spun off a mini-me houselet in back (above) and an airy, matching carport. The property, located a few blocks west of I-45 — between the Near Northside and the Heights — listed last Friday with an asking price of $399,000. The property had last changed hands in November 2012, for $119,500. But that was in its pink period (at right); it had first listed last March, for $150,000.
From the street, the 824-sq. ft. original home’s expanded-to-1,292-sq.-ft. footprint now ooches out its midsection a couple feet on the north side (that’s the right side in the photo above). Two types of new fencing define the yard, provide a barrier for extra parking at the street, and incorporate an automated gate across the grass-and-gravel driveway.
The setting’s focal point, however, remains the porch, now sporting a nifty wooden swing and period door with trim matching the craftsman detailing of the original side panels. A little graying at this temple changes up the property’s prevailing blue hue:
Inside, the living, dining, and kitchen spaces all open to each other. Not so before the transformation; this photo from an earlier listing shows the same space as it was:
Since the home faces east, toward the neighboring freeway, morning sun comes through the front door:
The re-exposed chimney is original to the home, and it stands in contrast to the modern kitchen appliances:
Added space affects the kitchen and dining area, where a breakfast bar doubles the seating possibilities, high and low:
Here’s a peek at the kitchen before Carrera marble countertops, dark-stained cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances joined the party:
Added space now accommodates a small mud room (above) off the kitchen, the washer and dryer (below), and a back door opening to a small, new porch:
Once a 2 bedroom-1 bathroom cottage, the home now claims 2 full bathrooms and 2 or 3 bedrooms. The master suite is at the back:
A hall bathroom, meanwhile, picked up a clawfoot tub in the remodeling:
That last “or 3” bedroom is this 6 ft. by 9 ft. space, which is off a hallway accessible from the kitchen:
Here’s the back porchlet (above), which frames the look-alike flex space out back. Yes, it used to be the garage (pictured at right):
The back of the house (above) has now been squared off with an addition. The before is shown at right. Even with the casita and carport, there’s still room for a small patch of lawn on the 5,000-sq.ft. lot (below):
HCAD indicates that the listing’s current owner (and remodeler), Renovative Thinking, also has dibs on the previously updated home next door. Meanwhile, south of the carport lies a multi-bay storage lot facing W. Patton St. Montie Beach Park is 5 streets west.
- 805 Archer St. [HAR]