Riverside Terrace Breath Deep Bungalow

This one-story bungalow was built in 1948. The Smith family purchased it in the late 1950s, and resided there until the late 1990s, when Mrs. Smith was moved to an assisted-living facility. For nearly 2 decades it sat abandoned, and after several years of unpaid property taxes, the home went into foreclosure in late 2014, whereupon it was sold at public auction. We then purchased the home in Spring 2015.

Before & After

Left column has photos prior to renovation. Right column depicts same view post restoration.


1 year

Original Features

  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • 1,300 square foot one-story construction
  • 9,758 foot-squared lot
  • Original hardwood floors
  • Original shiplap
  • Pier-and-beam foundation
  • No flooding concerns
  • Mature trees


Quick View

4 bedrooms, 2 baths

2,000 square-foot 2-story bungalow

Foundation / Structural

Second-story 700 square-foot addition

Repaired/reinforced piers, beams, footings

New 12′ piers installed for additional support

All 30+ windows replaced with energy-efficient double-paned windows


All new electrical and coax cables

All lighting on dimmer switches


Entire plumbing system (water, waste and gas) fully replaced all the way to the city lines in 2016

Dual large water heaters


2016 dual-zone 5-ton HVAC, with smart Nest thermostats

2 gas fireplaces with switch starts

Fixtures: Generally

Original hardwood or reclaimed wood floors completely repaired, sanded, stained and sealed

Top-down bottom-up window treatments

Exposed shiplap walls

6 ceiling fans

2 living areas

Flex space allowing house to convert to 2 separate and distinct floors within hours

New sheetrock, insulation, trim and lighting (all led) throughout house

Fixtures: Kitchen

Travertine stone

36″ 5-burner gas range

Second convection oven

Stainless steel appliances

Custom cabinetry with soft close and tall uppers

9′ island

Designer backsplash

Fixtures: Living Room

Custom built-in bookcases and mantle

Gas fireplace

Fixtures: Master Suite

Custom reclaimed barn doors


Carrera marble tile

Dual vessel sinks

Waterfall faucets

6′ bathtub

Dual showerheads

Designer backsplash

European eco flush toilet

Fixtures: Second Floor

Fully equipped kitchenette with 2 burners, refrigerator, convection oven, microwave, counter, sink, and storage

Carrera tile, European eco flush toilet and designer bathtub backsplash

Fixtures: Exterior

Restoration of 1940 Craftsman consistent with original design

New 30-year composite roof

French drain

New driveway

New front porch

New large outside deck with stairs to 2nd floor and woodshed

Fence completely around property with automated 12′ car gate

6-camera security system, WIFI enabled

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