Posted February 17, 2019 08:17:54 It’s a project that’s been going on for years in the South Austin neighborhood of East Austin, and it’s one that’s going to get a whole lot more interesting in the coming years.
Homeowner Mike Karp and his wife, Carol, are building a tiny, new home in their backyard that’s part of their family, and the plan is to turn it into a mini-mansion.
They’re going to remodel it to fit in with the neighborhood, and they’ll be taking a lot of their favorite pieces and transforming them into something unique.
The couple said that the project is their first and only remodel in Austin, so they have no plans to move anytime soon.
But the process isn’t going to be easy.
For one thing, they’re going about it the right way.
They have a full-time mortgage and have a lot invested in the project.
But they’ve also been making a point to keep things as simple as possible, and as the Karp family has done with their tiny house project, they plan to use only recycled materials.
And they’re not going to do any of the fancy decorating or remodeling, because they want the house to be as close to the original look as possible.
“It’s just going to look like a normal house, except for the tiny bathroom,” Carol Karp told ABC News.
“I’m just going for the house,” Mike Kars said.
“We’re going with the house.”
The Kars have been remodeling the house over the past few years, and their current house has undergone a few different alterations.
It’s not just a one-time project, either.
They’ve been remodel the kitchen, as well as the laundry, as part of the renovations, and Mike said that it’s a great time to look at the remodeling.
“You want to take that time to really get to know your house, and make sure it’s right for you and the family,” Mike said.
The Karp house is the first to undergo a remodel.
It was originally built in 1962 and is currently being renovated.
The new version of the house, which is being built on the property next door, will be more modern than the 1962 model, but will retain the same design and features, including the kitchen.
“There are a lot more amenities, a lot less stuff that you see on that old house,” Carol said.
But it’s not the only remodeling that the Kars are doing.
“This is going to bring more attention to the neighborhood,” Mike explained.
“It’s the only place in the neighborhood that’s really getting the attention.”
And the renovations are just beginning.
Carol said they’re planning on making a lot changes to the house’s exterior over the next few months.
“Our goal is to have the entire exterior remodeled and all of the interior painted,” Carol explained.
“There’s just a lot to do with the way the house is designed,” Mike added.
“The roof is gonna have some new paint.”
Carol said the remodel will also include new carpeting, walls, and ceiling tile.
She said that some of the more decorative parts of the remodeled house are already painted.
“All of the doors are gonna be painted, there’s gonna be some new glass, some new tiles, and a new rug,” Carol told ABC.
“All of that will be put in there.
There will be a lot.
All of that stuff will be in there.”
Mike said that they’re looking to start the renovation process by this summer.
And he hopes that by then, there will be enough of the finished home to make it into the city’s Historic Design District.