HER Home: Modern Flip

Home Essentials / Lifestyle / Stories / July 10, 2016

The former enclosed porch was reopened and a stamped concrete floor was added. A custom blend from Sherwin Williams was used on the exterior.

Flipping homes is a popular pastime right now. Consider HGTV’s ratings hit “Fixer Uppers,” a renovation show featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines of Waco, Texas.

Here in Jefferson City, Kim Prenger, a real estate agent at RE/MAX, her husband, Mark, a Network Architect at WIPRO,  and Brett Shipley, also a realtor at RE/MAX, formed MKB Properties, LLC and their first project was a home on Moreland Ave., off of Moreau Drive.

MKP purchased the 1930, two-story home in June 15, 2015, and their renovation retained the hardwood floors and other charms and character of the older home while adding a completely modern kitchen and opening the front porch. Their attention to detail throughout the close to 2,000 square foot home is evident in the materials chosen and the quality of work done by local craftsmen.

Kyle Atkinson, an attorney, and his wife, Heather, who lived in St. Louis bought the home in September and moved in last November. Formerly with the general counsel’s office Kyle is now with the Department of Corrections and Heather, a former academic, is now a stay-at-home mom.

“We loved that we had two living spaces, the formal living room and the family room and that we didn’t have to do any updating in the kitchen,” said Heather.

Instead of two smaller rooms, a wall was knocked out to create the large kitchen, and new white Shaker cabinets were installed along with a 3D Formica® countertops to mimic Carrera marble and charcoal gray porcelain tiles.

With a new baby and a toddler, the convenience of having a half bathroom on the first floor in the dining room was also a huge benefit and the renovation adds value to the house. The main bath on the second floor featured new tiled flooring, shower and a new vanity.

The majority of the interior was painted with Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore, which Lowe’s matched. Craftsman doors were purchased to match the existing craftsman woodwork inside and a new front door stands out on the porch.

One major transformation of the house was the creation of the front porch. Originally completely enclosed it was reopened with a new front door and exterior concrete stamp porch. A new craftsman door was also used on the side porch, which was rotted and rebuilt.


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Vender List:

• Alternative Hardwood Flooring – Jim Shivers
• Gerald Holzer Cabinetry
• Hometown Lumber in Linn (doors, including front door)
• Dave Esken – plastering
• D&S Roofing – renovated front porch
• Speedy Landscaping

Story by Shelley Gabert | Photography by Julie Smith

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