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Internationally Grown's NE Duplex Revival

Internationally Grown's NE Duplex Revival

We are discussing applications for Polk Northeast now through the end of January.  Call us to chat about the hottest renovation in Northeast! DSC_1509 DSC_1501 DSC_1523 DSC_1497 DSC_1531 DSC_1493 DSC_1499

DSC_0273 Laura, Kyle & TME Contracting are in process on an impeccable restoration in Northeast.   We stopped in to monitor their progress.  As you can see from the visuals, they are stopping at nothing in their restoration and as a result, the nicest rental bungalow is set to be available for lease this coming February.   DSC_0216 Todd is a carpentry legend, passing on his skills and tricks of the trade to Kyle, who is picking up the game quite quickly.  They have replaced all the windows with Renewal by Anderson, a level rarely seen in the rental world, setting the tone for the interior.    DSC_0269 Kyle applies Vulkem poly caulking to complete the front window installation, a very Minnesota scene to see window installation in mid December!DSC_0220 Enter Kyle & Laura, who have the hammer down from 8am to 10pm daily until they depart for Indonesia, Jan 20th.   They live to travel, as they spend their winters abroad in third world adventures.  The #duplexmanifesto is appealing to them as it provides greater reach for their travel goals by eliminating the overhead of a rental property while they are away.    They are also planning on paying this duplex off within 15 years, giving them passive income to support the causes that drive them. DSC_0245 The open concept is achieved while maintaining the architectural integrity of the home's original archways.  This results in an open modern space, with flowing formal dining room, cook's euro style kitchen and cozy living space.  DSC_0249 Laura is stripping the millwork in Polk, board by board.   It will result in the purest level of bungalow restoration in all of Northeast.   The kitchen will feature the  luxury European brands, Liebherr & Bertazzoni. DSC_0267 The original fir subfloor in the kitchen will be revived with water based traffic finish, offering a light farmhouse chic.   DSC_0261 The detail and love shown in this restoration is rarely completed by any investor.  DSC_0224 The original bank of cabinetry was hand stripped and sanded for restoration purposes as well as to blend in with the modern portions of the new kitchen.DSC_0228 Preserving the original farm sinks are Laura's passion, as she frequently exclaims "the most functional sink ever made!"  This will nestle nicely into the design and depict the true character of the space once the modern surroundings of this high end kitchen are completed.DSC_0227 The open floorplan was created using the exact original architectural dimensions.  This is the look of exhaustion and quest to completion, often times in renovation projects of this size, ignorance is bliss.   Diving in and getting things handled task by task is the best approach, a day at a time!DSC_0262

Laura's detailed persona is evident in the degree of her woodwork, commercial grade strippers, belt sanding, finish sanding, and eventual complete refinishing of all the units woodwork.  A task like this is not appreciated or understood until its experienced!  Going to this level of detail within any home project, creates a personal bond with space that typically evolves into the emotion of considering the home a part of the family.DSC_0264

All new plumbing in the main floor bath is completed as marble tile awaits.  DSC_0230 Bath will be finished in classic marble subway tile. DSC_0219

Radiators have been stripped as well to show a shabby chic vibe, a gloss paint is to be installed pending color selection.DSC_0250 DSC_0257 DSC_0235 DSC_0238 DSC_0252 DSC_0251 DSC_0231 DSC_0226 DSC_0229 DSC_0233 DSC_0256 DSC_0266 DSC_0217 DSC_0253 DSC_0254 DSC_0234

 

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Invest in Walkability: Sub-urban goes Urban

Invest in Walkability: Sub-urban goes Urban

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