Home Remodel: Work In Progress

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We've taken on our share of big projects, but perhaps none as daunting as our most recent home remodel. This summer Rachel and I bought a 1953 home in the Davis Shores neighborhood of Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. The house was in rough shape, but the location was the main draw. The neighborhood has a rare combination of lush natural growth, an undeniably midcentury layout and feel, and close proximity (and walkability) to downtown. After years of apartment living, we're incredibly grateful to have a house that's ours and it's already become a testing grounds and source of inspiration for YIELD.

On the day of closing, we learned a bit more about the house's history. The original owners were civil rights advocates and friends of Dr. Martin Luther King. He visited the house during his time in St. Augustine and apparently photographs exist of him in it--photos we obviously need to get our hands on!

Between that time and now, the house changed owners a few times and saw many unfortunate updates. Despite the ugly appearance, we took comfort in the solidity of a concrete block structure on a concrete foundation. It's been about 5 months since we got the keys and it's been some of the hardest work we've experienced.

We're not quite to the stage of being ready to share a full house tour, but we have been posting photos to instagram documenting the transformation. You can follow along #yieldhomereno

- Andrew