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I hate the word “flip” as it has such a negative connotation – especially since we are not traditional “flippers”. I would prefer to say that we are real estate renovators with an eye for restoration (when possible), design and architecture. So, we will say our first “real estate rehab” is complete and I’m really proud! It was an exhausting race to the finish – we worked on the finishing details for many hours straight with no AC in the summer heat – but we did it!

It is officially listed for sale – 301 Navasota Street, Austin, 78702 – so if you know of anyone looking for a super cute home in an amazing location in the Austin area, please share! Apart from being completely rebuilt from the studs (adding brand new HVAC, roof, siding, windows, insulation, all new electrical wiring and new electrical panel), it has some amazing features including custom raw steel metal work, walnut butcher block countertops, a sliding barn door that came from an estate property in East Austin, and the coolest little patio with vintage concrete pavers that you ever did see:)

Mike and I have officially named our real estate investing company Cary Paul Studios (named after dads – both builders – who were a huge influence and inspiration to us growing up and now since they have passed on) and have created a facebook page here. Go like us:)And, follow me on Instagram @heathercbanks if you are so inclined!

I’m so proud to share these before and afters!




  • Nordeast Bea - Fantastic! Just a well done, tasteful reno. So nice to see compared to what usually gets done to these houses.ReplyCancel

If any of you follow me on instagram @heathercbanks and @retrospectiveaustin you already know this, but for those of you that don’t, here is the big announcement.:)We are flipping a house! This has been a long time coming –  with Mike in new home construction and myself very into interior design and our past experience renovating our own hosues, we’ve long talked about doing this. We finally decided to go for it, and had been searching for a house for several months. We lucked into finding a cute house in central downtown East Austin that needed a LOT of work (a gut down to the studs) – and we went for it. We made an offer, they accepted. We almost backed out several times due to various issues with the house (unpermitted garage conversion) but I am so glad that we didn’t. The garage conversion added over 300sf to the house that wasn’t listed in the MLS, and all we had to do to permit it was pay to have an engineer assess the structure, write a letter, and have the city inspect it.

At this point in time we are about 11 weeks in with 3-4 more to go. The house needed new everything, so we took it down to the studs, put in brand new HVAC (it had only had window units), all new electrical, plumbing, windows, siding, roof, insulation, and drywall. It’s pretty much a brand new house, with old bones. We haven’t had too many negative surprises other than a wonky partial back wall that needed reframing, and a bad choice in hiring one person for the job (who is now finished and gone, yay!) Positive surprises have been the added square footage, and the original hardwoods that we found under the old linoluem! So I’d say the positives outweigh the negatives in this case:)

So far we have loved doing this and plan to do another – and are actively looking so if you know of any fixer uppers for sale in Austin, shoot me a message!

I likely won’t be updating the blog really regularly regarding the flip, unless somehow I gain some more free time! However, if you want to see photo updates you can follow us along on instagram @heathercbanks!

Here is a sneak peak of some of my favorite elements of the house – the navy blue siding, custom metal railings, and white accents:


Here are a few before pics of the house from the day we closed!



Our design plan for the project we are calling Navasota is industrial modern – light and airy with metal and wood, and black finishes/fixtures in some places. So far it is really coming together in real life pretty close to what was in my head! Here is a snippet of our overall design inspiration.


Last but not least, I wanted to give a shout out to this company Sin In Linen who sent this adorable kitchen set (including apron pictured below on Z) because they thought it would look so great in my kitchen. And it does! Totally retro fabulous!

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  • Katy - I just found your blog- perfect timing since we’re buying a new home soon and will need plenty of inspiration! I love that you’re in Austin too! If you’re looking to score some staging furniture on the cheap for this remodel, Target just came out with an amazing (especially for the price) line.

  • Paige - The house definitely looked like a fixer upper. I’m really curious to see what you’ve done with it. I’ll have to check out your Instagram. And I love the blue color you painted the exterior of the house!ReplyCancel

It’s time for the long overdue bathroom reveal!! This bathroom was the bain of my existence when we moved in – the fixtures were original and falling apart/rusted out. Only the hot water worked, so we had to hurry up and do whatever we needed before it got too hot! All of the cabinets and flooring had seen better days. We ended up gutting the bathroom and doing custom designed cabinetry with double sinks and a separate makeup vanity area (I’ve always wanted one!) We did a gray wood look tile wall and wall mounted sink faucets. We used a white moroccan tile in the tub surroun with custom nooks for toiletries. We still need to add some hardware to the cabinetry and finish some caulking, but it’s 95% there. Oh, and we also painted the ceiling a nice minty green. I love white walls and painted ceilings lately:)




  • Samantha - Hey there! This is my first time checking out your blog and I was curious what type of floors you had originally in your bathroom?


  • Paige - Stunning transformation! I love the modern look with the sinks in the new bathroom. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

I’m still here! I’ve been posting to this blog for almost 6 years now – why stop now? 😉 I finally took updated photos of the living room/dining area and master bathroom (that is coming next). Before, this space was dark and drab and full of walls and (hideous) green floral carpet. My favorite thing to do is tear down walls and open everything up. What a difference it makes!


As you might see, we totally revamped the front entry to the house – moving the front door to the other side and adding new windows where the front door was previously. Mike designed and build the custom stair rails, and we opened what used to be the hallway “under the stairs” closet and made it into a desk/homework nook for Zoey.


We opened up the wall that separates the dining area from the hallway to add our redi-screen panels from Crestview Doors (now defunct). I love the mid century vibe of these panels and they keep the privacy while still letting a little natural light into the otherwise dark hallway. The hanging pendants were purchased at Four Hands Home and were previously black with gold interiors. I love spraypaint.westterrace012015_0001

We took a little space from the garage to create a larger living/lounge area.westterrace012015_0005

You can see in this before photo – that door used to go into the garage. We opened up that entire length of wall and expanded the living area into that part of the garage while still keeping the functionality of the garage doors. So, from the front of the house it appears that we have a full 2 car garage.



This was a quick update but I just wanted to share some photos that were long overdue! You can always email me at with any questions! Also, follow me on instagram – and



  • Janet - Love that rug you used in your desk area. Where is it from?ReplyCancel

I’m short on words today but I wanted to post a bunch of photos of our kitchen remodel as well as some sources:


Custom Cabinets: Tommy O’Dell (Austin) 512-293-2288, cabinets are walnut and painted board. The blue is Sherwin Williams Solo™ 100% Acrylic Interior/Exterior Latex Paint in semi gloss Bosporus (SW 6503). It has held up really well so far, seems durable.

Raw edge bar – wood purchased off Craigslist – fabricated in place by my handy hubby with the help of my awesome carpenter uncle Chris Reeves 512-630-6039 (Reeves Carpentry)

Vintage Lantern pendant lights – from the Austin Antique Mall and converted into pendants by D & W Lighting (they can repair, rewire, and make almost anything into a light fixture)

All appliances are Frigidaire Pro series. The jury is out on if I would recommend them. The ice maker is sketchy between crushed and chopped (first world problems, I know)…

The countertops are Silestone White Zeus, purchased from Treehouse (an Austin home improvement store that has tons of cool stuff). If you are in Austin and are looking for quartz/silestone or any other unique countertops, I highly recommend you look at Treehouse. WAY better selection than Home Depot/Lowes. These counters ran about $55/sf installed.

Backsplash tile is Ann Sacks Savoy HIVE in ricepaper (it is a glossy white tile with a thin gray outline) and was around $12/sf.

Sink (36″ stainless steel zero radius apron front) is from amazon and was only $410. Faucet is Ruvati from overstock and ended up at $106 after sales/discounts.

36″ stainless range hood was from EBAY and we love it, just $319.

Cabinet Pulls are from IKEA, Vinna line.

The banquette is vintage from Craigslist, and we had it reupholstered in a gray marine grade soft smooth vinyl.

The breakfast nook table is a vintage carrera marble top table that I found at Marburger Farm last spring in Round Top.

The yellow pendant over the breakfast nook is the Urban Outfitters Geo Pendant $69 which I spray painted a sunny yellow and added a cloth cord.

The bar stools are from BEND Goods but were actually a very lucky Craigslist find!

The walnut wood art was handmade by moi with leftover walnut pieces from our last kitchen remodel:)