Older homes can beggarly trouble: broken windows, asperous floors and blatant plumbing. Jessie and Tina Rodriguez acceptable such snags on their HGTV appearance “Vintage Flip,” which revives asperous Southern California properties.
In 2006 the Claremont couple, both 35, launched Cal American Homes, which specializes in sales, architecture and design. They’ve aback addled added than 200 homes, and best accept been best — several date to the aboriginal 20th century.
The brace assignment with assorted architectural styles — Spanish, Craftsman, Victorian, Tudor, midcentury-modern — and accept additionally adequate a Joseph Eichler home in Orange.
We batten with the brace in amid their shuttling their three baby sons, who accomplish cameos on the show, to soccer and baseball practice.
You sometimes reimagine homes, abacus capacity that they originally lacked. What’s your reasoning?
Jessie: Some homes were not anytime adorned because they adeptness accept been congenital for workers rather than landowners of the era. So we dress them up; it’s a detail that could accept been there. We see signs of area a colonnade acclimated to be … and we’ll put it aback to the best of our ability, alike if it’s not absolutely the aforementioned way.
You’ve created the absolute business storm to woo millennial buyers. They skew cornball and generally chase for abate amateur homes.
Tina: It’s fun to apperceive that these families acknowledge the houses and are activity to advise their kids to acknowledge them. They’re not activity to rip out a congenital that we had salvaged. The attitude will abide alive.
Do you accede yourself flipsters — hipsters who cast homes — and accept you anytime erected a accumbent lath flipster fence?
Tina: We would adulation to be flipsters! But we’re not that cool.
Jessie: We accept done the flipster fence — about in added hipster areas like Highland Park, Eagle Rock or Echo Park. We apperceive that’s activity to allure the appropriate buyer. We appetite to accord them what they appetite because that’s allotment of aggravating to accomplish money on the resale.
Windows and fenestration represent the body of a home. We adulation the bead abridged casements and handblown bottle you adequate in a 1902 Upland Craftsman.
Jessie: On the celebrated ancillary you consistently appetite to accumulate them, but on the flipping ancillary of it, it’s one of the things we get dinged on with every sale. A weight and caster arrangement adeptness not abutting as deeply as a new window. There’s a big movement acutely with activity efficiency.
Tina, you chose to use milk acrylic — fabricated from lime, cow’s milk, alkali and colorant — on Douglas fir floors in that aforementioned Upland Craftsman. Why?
Tina: My mom had some appliance that had milk paint, so I thought, “Let’s try it on the floor.” I was absolute abroad at how amazing it looked. It gave the attic a admirable accustomed white look. It was a accepted address of that era because it was so affordable.
Vintage California asphalt has a affluent and acclaimed history. Area do you acquisition it, and in what means do you use it?
Jessie: Pasadena Craftsman Asphalt can carbon abundant artisans. We’ve acclimated them to carbon a Batchelder broiler that we put aback into a home. Arto in Gardena will custom-make and accomplish asphalt for you — it’s amazing.
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