Under Construction: 946 Arlington’s Very Extensive Remodel

A Swamplot reader sends in photos from the construction site at the corner of Arlington and 10th St. in the Heights, where 7677 Homes has apparently been busy transforming a much-talked-about 1,048-sq.-ft. bungalow into a 3,128-sq.-ft. home for a new buyer. Reports our site snoop:

The back of the house came off several weeks ago, leaving between 600 – 700 SF of the original structure.

Now the forms for the new piers are in.


An earlier view:

Photos of 946 Arlington St.: Swamplot inbox

12 Comment

  • This is a “remodel” how? I mean honestly, how is this not a tear-down? When 50% of a structure is removed I just don’t think it should be called a remodel anymore.

  • If anyone is surprised by this, I suggest you do your research.

  • I noticed that they fenced the property in for construction but didnt make any extra effort to add a small bit of fencing on the nice Magnolia tree on the 10th Street side of the house. A small bit of fencing around that tree to prevent compaction of the roots during construction would go a long way towards preserving this beauty.

  • My question too, Trev. I have seen many home touted as remodels when one wall and a little flooring are all that remain. I would love to know what anyone else thinks – how much of a house needs to remain for it to TRUTHFULLY be called a remodel?

  • 7677 Homes, eh? Sure it isn’t 666? Look for me curled into the fetal position inside the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

  • I think that depends on how big the home was to start with. The only section taken off this house was the lean to like piece on the back that I think held the kitchen. The gable end of the pitch roof at the back is clearly still visible. I would guess that at least two-thirds of the structure remain.

    Whether we like it or not there are a very small pool of people willing to pay a quarter of a million dollars for a 1000sqft home. I certainly wouldn’t. Isn’t it better that three quarters of the exterior structure of the home will be kept compared to the most likely alternative?

  • ^ finess:
    I’d say the definition of remodel requires that AT LEAST 50% of the house needs to remain intact!
    And that should include 50% of the character – inside & outside, and, 50% of the function – inside & outside, and, 50% of the neighborhood feel…
    That’s why I’m a Luddite.

  • Wine room? barf. but seriously, I think we looked at this house when we were hunting and the kitchen at the back trembled when you entered, so its probably for the best.

  • movocelot, how did the neighborhood feel in 1905? And can we have hot and cold running water and central air whilst retaining 50% of the character?

  • I am not saying that houses shouldn’t be changed, what I am saying is that it is very dishonest to call something remodeled Victorian when about 5% will be old and 95% new.

    It should be marketed as new construction with vintage elements.

  • Thats a fair point. At the end of the day I am hoping that they do manage to retain the character of that front portion of the house, at least externally. Internally most of the bungalows I have been inside have already been re-jigged at least once or twice as tastes in room layout have changed. Having watched this house slowly decaying over the last few years I still think this kind of reuse was probably the best option available.

  • ^ Jimbo, probably in 1905, there were lots of trees, brush, coyotes, and a homestead here and there.
    But the concept of Historic Preservation is from peoples’ perspective, not coyotes’…
    So, after this area was PLATTED, there were trees, 60-100’ tall, bungalows, 20’ tall about 20-60’ apart, & lots of human life in between.
    Also some coyotes. (Don’t get me started on where THEY are supposed to live!)
    There was space. There was a human scale (which is by definition people-friendly.) Leaves to rake, including off of the shallow-pitched roof. A ditch to keep clear, including the crayfish the kids liked to catch. And as a result, there was human interaction.
    Time and time again we read that the very qualities that attract newcomers to a certain neighborhood are the very traits annihilated by them!
    I understand that progress rolls roughshod over the past, and, that’s how it should be; something better is always welcome.
    Yet why are old homes with their handmade and cozy qualities so popular and desirable? Because they are people-friendly, comfortable.
    If you are “renovating” something, PLEASE respect it also, for the very qualities which drew you to it.