'Good Bones' Season 5 Episode 4: Mina and Karen give the right side of their home a Greenwich Village vibe
Karen also announces her retirement from her position as founder and business partner
Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen Lane return to the duplex townhouse in Old Southside, this time to take on the right side. While the left side of the house was remodeled with a Chelsea theme as the focus, the mother-daughter duo now plans on flipping the right side of the home using a Greenwich Villages design. Overall, the townhouse oozes a sophisticated city vibe based around the luxuriousness of a New York apartment.
Karen also announces her retirement from her position as founder and business partner, and the consequences of the change quickly unfold. The prices of houses in the Old Southside are still low, but Mina believes it won't be long before they increase, as the real estate in the area is starting to flourish and it is also in close proximity of downtown.
They initially purchased the left side of the townhouse that spans 2,000 square feet and comprising three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a kitchen for $30,000. They're hoping that remodeling the right side of the townhome will help the other side of the house sell as well. They decide that the two sides need to play together but they each need to have their own identity.
Mina pitches in ideas of a more dramatic looking home, embracing the small urban-living concept. Inspired by the urbane New York motif, the left boasts of the Chelsea vibe, and so the two settle on Greenwich Village for the right side of the townhouse.
The exterior of the house needs new siding and paint that will be different from the other side, but still complimentary. Upstairs they want to combine two of the three bedrooms to create a master suite and downstairs they will take down some walls to create an open floor plan. In addition, they want to add a small 'Juliet' balcony to the dining room to make the space feel larger. Mina allocates $125,000 for the renovation budget, bringing the total investment costs to $155,000. She plans to list the refurbished house fo $180,000.
As demolition of the unnecessary aspects of the home ensues, the plan for the Juliet balcony is ditched, and instead, the budget allocated towards it is dedicated to vaulting the master bedroom. With demolitions done, Mina and Karen finalize on the floor plans for the house. They realize that it is too late to make changes to the Juliet balcony and decide to keep it as is. Mina and Karen had to work through a communication glitch that caused confusion.
The kitchen will feature light grey cabinets with fun knobs, a butcher block countertops as well as island. Bathed in rose-gold lighting, the staircase gets a dramatic makeover, painted in high-gloss black. They add some fake wainscotting to the walls beneath the staircase for an aesthetic impact. The bathrooms get white geometric tiles to look bright, while the team works on making the Juliet balcony look artistic and cohesive throughout the house.
The graphic matte wallpaper stickers went up as well, along with the paneling. Karen's working on a DIY project. Using the old porch railings from the house, she weaves the railings with jute twine to make a bed frame for a touch of bohemian to the bedroom.
They chose a lot of bohemian-inspired interior species to invoke the Greenwich Village vibe. It mixes colours and textures and is bound to appeal to buyers who are looking for that chic-city living experience and love the walkability of a downtown living coupled with the ease of zero yard work. As opposed to her original decision, Mina listed and sold the home for $200,000. Mina also documents her IVF journey as she starts her injections for a period of two weeks and explains how her time is divided between doctor visits and work.
'Good Bones' premieres every Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT on HGTV.