Some Houston bungalows have to wait years before they can get into rehab, but this dark number on Brun St. has been the recipient of no fewer than 3 makeovers in the last decade.
Carol Isaak Barden bought the house in 2000 “to keep it away from the wrecking ball” — then spent so much “making it perfect,” she says, that she lost money when she sold it the following year.
The buyer, Mark Horn, thought the house was perfect . . . as a new location for his hair salon. So he made a few renovations of his own:
Horn’s Solution for Hair parked at 1920 Brun for 2 years. “We had a neighbor across the street that was dead set on us not having the salon in the house. So, he was very instrumental in getting us out. And then there was the whole parking issue.” That’s what led the city to shut down the location. So Horn moved the salon back to its old site . . . and decided to move into the bungalow himself.
The changes this time:
Late last month, Horn put the property back on the market — for someone else to renovate. The house has 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, and fits into 1,435 sq. ft. It’s now priced at $525,000, after a receiving a $10K haircut last week.
House stalker Carolina Saunders, who’d read about the Brun bungalow in a local magazine and had been keeping her eye on it since, arranged to wander through and take some photos when she heard it was for sale. She posted photos and comments on her blog earlier this month:
What I always admired from afar was the beautiful color scheme of the exterior. Its very bold but has a Zen feel, especially with the bamboo. . . .
I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed when I walked in the door. . . . I can say that I haven’t seen many homes with such a wonderful attention to detail. Something I really loved were the creative vignettes placed around the house.
The large open doorways are a remnant of when the house was a beauty salon. Instead of replacing the doors the owners either left them open or installed heavy draperies from tracks. The bedroom also has a fabulous dressing room that once was a porch.
P.S. The cool framed numbers are from Ebay!
Yes, that’s a mirror installed along the back fence.
- 1920 Brun St. [HAR]
- A Modern Cottage. [Carolina Eclectic]
- Extreme Makeover [Tribeza]
- Makeover magic [Houston Chronicle]