WILMINGTON—After this house had been through Delinda Harrelson’s hands, it was barely recognizable.
The historic-house flipper’s most recent project features a complete turnaround. From a structure falling apart to a restored bungalow, this project required a dedicated team.
Built before 1903 in downtown Wilmington, this Queen Anne style home had lived through a century of wear and tear. Still, Harrelson kept her philosophy of keeping a home’s historic windows and character.
Check out before images of the historic home in the video below.
With all its original windows intact, this 1,219 square foot bungalow features a comfortable balance of old and new. Though indoor fires would be a hazard in the historic home, Harrelson was sure to keep all of the original mantle pieces. Repainted and reinforced, the fireplace now frames an electric fireplace.
“It’s a delicate balance to do modernization and preservation,” Harrelson said. “You have to know what you are doing.”
Harrelson has “flipped” hundreds of homes in the Cape Fear region, all while collecting preservation awards along the way. This three bedroom, two bathroom home has been restored to its original ceiling height above 10 feet -over the years, the ceilings had been lowered to around 8 feet.
“Buyers don’t want everything plain vanilla,” Harrelson said. “They still want some new with some old and more character.”
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