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The Target House is Done!

An end to our San Antonio chapter has come… The Target House is done! It’s going to make someone the ultimate urban nest located in the heart of the Broadway revitalization area. It didn’t go down without a fight however, yesterday right before photo time my lawnmower broke so I had to rush and buy a new one. Then on the way back I happened across a guy with a 1923 Model T who by chance was just 2 blocks away from the property, I was so excited to get him over for the photo shoot I dropped my camera. It’s really crazy because a couple of weeks ago I had this idea to include an old car but it didn’t materialize until the “day of ” and then it literally fell in my lap. Needless to say we postponed the shoot one last day and had the guy bring the truck back, so early this morning I got everything handled and it’s now officially done and For Sale in MLS for $399,000. Any serious preapproved buyers should call me at (210) 388-2952 for a private showing. I’ll make a before and after video as soon as I recover and get to know my family again (if they recognize me). I inserted tons of house porn below, please leave me some comments!

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  2. By Craig Thibodeaux on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Absolutely love it! The truck is the icing on the cake…and a mighty fine cake.

    Always enjoy looking at your stuff, can’t wait for the video…get in touch, we think it would be interesting to have you as a call in guest one Saturday morning.

  3. By Tom on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks a bunch Craig! I’d love to be a guest on your radio show as well anytime. I’ll be in touch & Happy Halloween!

  4. By Kareem on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Fantastic job on this reno Tom. It turned out great.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. By Glenn on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Killer job Tom! The house came out great, and I really like the colors you chose.

    Hopefully we can meet up before you head back to SD.

  6. By Tom on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    @Glenn, Thanks man, yea it was fun to change the colors from our usual choices on the last few projects. Are you guys the couple in Alta Vista that invited us over? We’ll have some time to socialize now thats for sure.

  7. By Glenn on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    I’m in Castle Hills. We need to get you out to hit the bowls in New Braunfels. Skate bowls that is.

  8. By Kim on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Drop dead, gorgeous!!!

  9. By enplaned on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Gorgeous. No other word for it. The house is a jewel. I’d be interested to know if you’ve had any feedback from the neighbors. Hard to imagine that they’re not delighted — you’ve added tremendous value to the neighborhood, and to San Antonio. San Diego is very lucky to be getting you back.

  10. By Mike C on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    Perfection. Can’t wait for you to come to SD.

  11. By Tom on Nov 2, 2010 | Reply

    @enplaned, thanks a lot. yes we actually have befriended the neighbors on this one and helped them with their house along the way. Its amazing to see how people get motivated to improve their own house when you do this next door. I even personally laid new grass for the neighbor on this house, it actually helps us too if their house looks good.

    @Mike, you and us both!

    Thanks all you guys for taking the time to comment!

  12. By Bilgefisher on Nov 3, 2010 | Reply

    Wow!!! Need I say more?
    Congrats on a job well done Tom.

    Jason

  13. By CptCool2 on Nov 5, 2010 | Reply

    Damn Tom, this house came out a lot better than I had originally planned, you sure are amazing at what you do. It really does not feel like just a year ago you bought this house. Good luck on your next project, I look forward to it!

  14. By mando on Nov 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Tom Very nice home great work your pride in workmanship shows
    I was wondering about the insulation you installed on this project (Target House) and the AC system. I know that South Texas blazes in the summer

  15. By Tom on Nov 5, 2010 | Reply

    @mando great question. we insulate to new house standards with R19 and R30 then up front I blew in R60 in the attic. With the new dual pane windows and front door weatherstripping this puppy is sealed up tighter than a knats ass. For the A/C I went with 14 SEER, 13 being the minimum cose will allow and it’s a 5 ton unit. This house will be looking at electric bills around $150/mo for just under 2200 s.f., we really focus on energy savings.

    @CptCool2 yea it feels like forever. I actually bought it last Decemeber but it sat until I could get over there full time around April after the “Neighbors House” sold so it was pretty much a 7 month renovation. These rehabs are big budget deals so we dont have to knock down alot of them to have a good year. I consider my self an elephant hunter, I might only kill 1-2 elephants a year but of course we shoot a few rabbits and deer along the way as well: )

  16. By Tabitha on Nov 7, 2010 | Reply

    I am the neighbor next door. I have watch Tom work 12 to 16 hours a day, 7 days a week for the past several months. He has done amazing work to this house. It turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Sad to see Tom and family leave SA, they have done so much for these old homes in SA. Wish you the best of luck Tom!!!

  17. By Ria Wise on Nov 10, 2010 | Reply

    It looks positively amazing! Congrats on the job well done, and the inclusion of the classic car is just an icing on the cake.

  18. By Green Mountain Realty on Jan 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great job. We are one of the few realtors here in Asheville NC that is also a licensed building contractor and we love doing renovations on homes that have good bones. Thanks for the post.

  19. By michael on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations on your renovation and subsequent sale. Your project was very impressive and you did the neighborhood a huge favor with your investment and completion of this great job.

    Best Regards,

    Michael Daniels, “The Old House Lover”

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