Cousin On Call: South Austin Renovation

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South Austin, 78745
Construction & Remodeling

A complete house remodel in a charming South Austin neighborhood.

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A young, married couple wanted to move out of their 500-square-foot condominium and renovate a small house. Luckily, the husband had a cousin, Katie Bullard (who with her husband, Jeff, runs construction, remodeling and design firm Avenue B Development), who helped them find a 1960s three-bedroom in South Manchaca. The house didn’t need major renovations, but it did have a floor comprised of 1-by-1 ceramic tiles that needed to be replaced. “It looked like a 7-Eleven,” Jeff Bullard recalls.

The homeowners liked the layout of the existing house so this was a very straightforward project that took a little more than two months. “We didn’t have to knock any walls down,” Bul-lard says. “It was pretty much all aesthetics.” Avenue B’s plans called for tearing up the tile, leveling the floor and replacing it with hardwoods.

The couple made their own design selections (e.g. hardwood, tiles and countertops), which expedited the process. In the kitchen, new quartz countertops, shiny appliances and back-splash were installed. While some cabinets were kept, Avenue B added some cabinetry to make the kitchen more usable.

A custom cabinet was added in the living room to store the husband’s large collection of vinyl records while also doubling as an entertainment center. An exposed brick wall, built using reclaimed bricks, gave the house a different texture. Says Bul-lard, “It kind of makes the space feel like a downtown loft.”

Renovating homeowners who know what they want from the start help speed along the process. “What made this project go so smoothly was the fact that they had a pretty clear under-standing of what they wanted out of the house from the begin-ning,” Bullard says. “They knew the fixtures and the finishes that they wanted. There were very few changes or indecisions, and that made the project flow really nicely.”


This article appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Austin Home Magazine