The Do-Over: How passion became a profession

The “after” of their remodel shows the new driveway scaled to modern-day vehicles. The renovation adds an additional 459 square feet to the home in the form of a master suite and laundry room off a short, new hallway at the back of the former two-bedroom, one-bath floor plan. (Photo by Tad Krampitz of TK Images)

By Cynthia Lescalleet The only skeleton revealed during the award-winning renovation of a 1920s bungalow in Sunset Heights was the eight-inch skeleton key that came with the property when Ellie and Christian Busker of Renovative Thinking began their project. Its completion earned a 2015 Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston, which honored recipients at The […]

Want an acre in Garden Oaks? An abandoned house on W. 43rd St. is up for auction

The home on W. 43rd hasn't been lived in for five years. Photo by Betsy Denson

There are not many one-acre properties left for purchase in the Garden Oaks area. That’s one of the things that makes the house at 738 West 43rd Street so unique. The other is that the grand house, with six bedrooms and four full bathrooms, has been unlived in for five years and has become a shadow of its former self. As of 2014, it is bank owned. The property is currently being offered at online auction by Star Crest Realty.

UPDATE: Weingarten Realty says Sears proposal was unsolicited, no deal in place

The iconic, stylized Sears sign and bus stop might be in for a bit of a change if a recent proposal by Weingarten Realty turns into a reality. (Photo by Jonathan Garris)

The possibility of a partnership between Sears and Weingarten Realty to develop a shopping center off of N. Shepherd came to light with a ‘vision book’ that was online earlier this week, only to be removed from the web. It highlighted the creation of  a new shopping center that would include the Sears site as well as the Pine Forest […]

Independence Heights company puts spin on ‘self-sustaining homes’

It may be hard to believe, but a home like this actually sells its energy back to the grid about as fast as the home uses it.

Americans have loved craftsmen-style homes for centuries. Perhaps it’s because there is nothing so welcoming as solid porch columns, large, ample windows, and a warm wooden porch. One would never guess that several of these same timeless homes in Houston are so new-age, they have no energy bills. Independence Heights resident David Goswick has assembled […]

No doubt about it: Oak Forest is a sellers market

by Betsy Denson Chris Krienke has been a homeowner of a one story house on Althea in Oak Forest – zoned for Oak Forest Elementary – since 1997 and said she is not interested in selling it. That doesn’t stop the letters from coming though. “They come in spurts,” she said, “about two or three […]

December Do-Over: 3-bedroom home in East Norhill

By Cynthia Lescaleet For The Leader Planning a wedding apparently wasn’t enough of a project for a young couple settling in East Norhill. They also remodeled what had been his cottage into their home. In a way, the project echoed a traditional wedding verse. There was something old (the original house), something new (the master suite addition), something borrowed […]