In Valparaiso, on the North Side, lies a quaint neighborhood named Hillcrest Park, Situated between Loomis and Flint Lake, many of these homes were constructed in the early 1920’s. We were asked to do a pre-sale inspection of this newly flipped 1920’s bungalow style home located at the corner of Leisure & Grandview. Seller Steve Wegner, along with his two brothers, and an one investor, purchased this home in March of 2012. Upon the purchase of this home, the three brothers stripped this home to the studs, and reconfigured the layout. With the walls gone and the studs open, the brothers got to work making all things new.
Once the Makeover was completed, Steve enlisted the assistance of NWI Certified Home Inspections to go over the freshly renovated 1920 modified bungalow. Steve wanted to ensure all “upgrades” to the home met and exceeded what the city’s inspectors would have considered “minimum expectations”.
Upon arrival we set to task evaluating and going over the home bit by bit with our checklist. It was easy to see that during renovation no detail had gone unnoticed. From new exterior siding, to the furnace in the basement. The upgraded electrical, and everything in between these photos show the top quality of this “perfect makeover”
Starting in the basement of the home you can see the high quality of work done by the contractors, and that no detail has gone unnoticed. During the overhaul of the basement, the furnace, water heater, plumbing, and the electrical panel were upgraded. The upgrades made to these systems were an outstanding upgrade to an older home. A high efficiency heating and cooling system will allow for comfortable temperatures in the home, in our regions varying climate. Along with this upgrades to the electrical system will make for safe and reliable utility service to the home.
Moving up a floor to the main living area, there is an excellent example of quality workmanship in the renovation of the kitchen. When the house was torn back to its frame the brothers had decided to change the layout and make the home flow better in how it functions.
Overall this home is a beautiful transformation of the rundown to the polished pearl. While the home had a great frame, it had begun to show its age. This makeover brought life to the dry bones of the home on Grandview. It began as a house, and will now be someone’s home.