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Good Bones: The Big House on Sanders Street

July 11, 2017

Mina and Karen take on their biggest project yet — literally — when they decide to renovate a 4300-square-foot house in Indy's historic Bates-Hendricks neighborhood. It's a formidable challenge, but the mantra for this ambitious flip is "big house, big potential."

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The Big Sanders House.  Karen and Mina purchased this four-bedroom, four bath, 4300-square-foot house on Sanders Street for $50,000. "'I'm so incredibly excited about this house," said Mina prior to the renovation, "but also absolutely terrified because it's massive." The house came with a formal parlor and living room on the first floor and a third-floor attic space that could easily be converted into a large bonus room. Some of the downsides: extensive termite damage and rot on the front exterior and deteriorated siding on the back.

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The Big Sanders House. The exterior gets a facelift with a fully rebuilt porch with stained bead-board ceiling, new roof and guttering and improved landscaping. To help maintain the home's vintage charm, the original wood siding was retained and painted in soft gray with white trim.

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Living Room, Before

This view is from the original kitchen, looking into one of the home's front rooms. The new first-floor design plan calls for knocking down some existing walls to create a more open and free-flowing living space on the first floor.

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Living Room, After

The remodeled living room has a spacious feel and opens onto the new kitchen and dining nook. Some of the home's original features, like operational pocket doors, were retained and incorporated into the new design. 

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