Featured on two episodes of HGTV’s “Bargain Mansions,” this stately and remodeled three-story home in Kansas City, MO, attracted interest the moment it hit the market five days ago for $389,000. An offer is now pending.
Although its list price sits well over the median list price of $217,000 in the 64109 ZIP code, the four-bedroom home is still considered a bargain. A few years ago, home renovation expert Tamara Day purchased this decrepit residence in Kansas City’s trendy Hyde Park neighborhood for $205,000.
Built in 1900, the home had been poorly restored over the decades. Day thought an investment of $100,000 would make the place shipshape. Or should we say, “shirtwaist” shape?
This was an original shirtwaist-style home, which was a popular regional style at the dawn of the 20th century. Highlights of this style include symmetrical design, a front porch, and a steep gabled roof, Day explained on the episode.
“Young families like them for their traditional layout, and the trick is to improve the flow without changing the floor plan,” Day said.
Among the renovation challenges she faced was the removal of a bedroom and ceiling by a not-so-savvy previous owner. Even worse? They were replaced by a two-story-high ceiling flanked by an unusual catwalk.
Catwalk craziness eliminated
In the “Catwalk Craziness” episode, Day dispensed with the catwalk, closed the ceiling, and restored the residence’s fourth bedroom.
She also performed wonders in the kitchen and opened it up. It now features a restored brick wall, all-new appliances, and updated cabinetry.
She also gave the living room a new fireplace with built-in shelving and a board and batten facade.
The meticulous restoration of the original tiger oak staircase was another big win. Day added a new railing and spindles that fit the home’s aesthetic.
In the following episode, “When One Barn Door Closes,” Day worked on the interior of the restored fourth bedroom. She added a reading nook and a closet in the alcoves on either side of the existing chimney. The chimney was enclosed with insulation and drywall, so that its presence isn’t even apparent in the room.
Day also improved the primary suite on the second level, adding a barn door made from reclaimed wood to provide privacy between the bed and the bath.
Day also remodeled the other bedrooms and bath on that floor and created a flexible room in the attic space.
As for the exterior, she redid the landscape and added new windows. In an interesting twist, she painted the home’s red brick blue and the trim gray.
When all was said and done, Day stuck to her $100,000 renovation budget.
She had planned to list the house for $405,000, but perhaps wanted to spur a bidding war with a lower price. We’re fairly confident Day will wind up with more than she bargained for.