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Good Bones: Double Trouble in a Duplex Remodel

June 01, 2016

Mina and Karen face financial challenges when they take on a duplex-to-single-family-home conversion in a transitioning neighborhood. With some creative styling, an opened up floor plan and a few glam touches, the duo is confident that the renovated home will turn a nice profit — and help bolster the neighborhood.

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

Creative Upcycling, With Context

When Karen and Mina undertake a renovation on an old home, Karen likes to incorporate touches of the home's history in the modern design. Here Mina installs some custom wall accents in the finished kitchen of a remodeled home in the Indianapolis neighborhood known as East of State. Karen took ceiling medallions salvaged during the demolition phase of the project, then modified and repurposed them as wall art.

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

Gallery Opening

In this former duplex newly converted to a bright and open single-family home, Mina and Karen reconfigured entire spaces, removing walls and reworking the home's front entrance. When they put the house on the market, they not only staged the home with stylish furnishings, but had the brilliant idea of letting the open house also serve as an showing of works by a local artist. As seen here, original paintings are featured throughout the home.

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

Cloistered and Secluded

The master suite is located at the rear of the home for maximum privacy. Rich, dark tones and a textured accent wall give the room a luxe and opulent feel.

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Mina and Karen purchased this boarded-up and dilapidated duplex for only $15,000. The home is located in a transitioning neighborhood just east of State Avenue in Indianapolis. "East of State" is an area adjacent to the historic and revitalizing Fountain Square neighborhood. "I feel like if Fountain Square is the frontier," says Karen, [then] East of State is the territory beyond the frontier."

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