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Good Bones: A Heroic Renovation in a Historic Indy Neighborhood

May 09, 2016

In one of their bravest home reno projects yet, mother-daughter team Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak purchased an abandoned eyesore of a house in Indy's historic Bates-Hendricks district for $4,500 (!) then turned it around with a thorough transformation, inside and out. The renovation ultimately resulted in a resale price of $226,000 and clear profit of more than $31,000 — which Mina and Karen can promptly channel into their next home rescue venture. It's all part of the duo's continuing mission to revitalize their city's historic neighborhoods, one property at a time.

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Photo: AJ Mast/AP Images. From: Good Bones.

American Classic

Through the dedicated efforts of renovation and house-flipping pros Mina Starsiak and Karen E Laine, this house in Indianapolis's Bates-Hendricks neighborhood got a much needed facelift with a new porch and portico, a bright green front door, fresh lanscaping, all new siding and added windows.

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All In the Family

Mother/daughter team Mina (left) and Karen (right) have been rescuing homes from the wrecking ball in and around downtown Indianapolis for close to a decade. With their boundless enthusiasm, and help from family and crew who pitch in with demo and reno, most other house flippers.

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Photo: AJ Mast/AP Images. From: Good Bones.

Radical Revisions

The bare-bones state of the house prior to renovation allowed for a complete re-envisioning of the home's layout. The kitchen, which had been tucked away behind a staircase at the rear of the house, is now relocated closer to the front of the house in a space that was formerly a bedroom. The all new kitchen seen here now opens onto the new living and dining area.

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Photo: AJ Mast/AP Images. From: Good Bones.

Redefining Spaces

On the first floor, walls were removed  to create a large, open-concept living space including this informal dining area.

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