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Starting from Scratch, Part III: Tom’s House

Next door to my house is my brother’s house. How cute is that…brothers living next door to one another…am I right? We have always joked about living next door to one another, but never seriously thought it would happen. Then it happened. The opportunity presented itself, and we said yes. This is what the houses looked like when we bought it, my brother’s on the right: Read more “Starting from Scratch, Part III: Tom’s House”

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Starting from Scratch, Part I: My House

In 2014, my brother, Tom, and I bought two homes. Yes, next door to one another. I’m living in the pastel teal one, and Tom’s in the dull peach colored one. They are sister homes built around 1890-1910. Yeah, like really really really old houses, over a hundred years old. They were in the worst of worst conditions, but the area was perfect. Walkable to downtown, the bayou (which at the time had just started its own renovations). For the next 3 years, we were our own architects, contractors, subcontractors, and we worked to get these houses restored and updated to contemporary design standards, while keeping as much historic quality interwoven as possible. Basically, a shit ton of DIY. Read more “Starting from Scratch, Part I: My House”