Austin | Dallas | Houston
HTX_RealEstateConfidential_2014
Sponsor
Historic Extreme Makeover

From shambles to stunning: Historic Mid-Century Mod's extreme makeover shown off in new home tour

Enlarge
Slideshow
9 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate June 2014
Before and after photos of the residence at 8008 Colgate St. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
8 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate June 2014
A closer look at the entrance, before and after. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
1 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
The staircase that helped motivate the property owners to undertake this rebuild. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
2 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
Views of the staircase, before and after, from upstairs. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
18 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014 THIS.jpg
Today, the staircase is a focal point of the home. Photo by Chris Skoog
3 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
The den, before and after. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
17 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
The den today. Photo by Chris Skoog
6 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
Looking outside at the backyard patio, before and after. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
4 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
The backyard patio, before and after. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
10 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
The backyard with patio. Photo by Chris Skoog
5 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
Another view of the exterior makeover. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
7 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
More exterior rebuild. Photos courtesy of Chris Skoog
13 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
The house sits on almost an acre of land. Photo by Chris Skoog
14 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
Beautiful view of Sims Bayou with different types of birds migrating through. Photo by Chris Skoog
15 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
8008 Colgate St. Photo by Chris Skoog
9 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate June 2014
8 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate June 2014
1 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
2 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
18 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014 THIS.jpg
3 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
17 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
6 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
4 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
10 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
5 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
7 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
13 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
14 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
15 On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate St. June 2014
On the Market Real Estate Confidential 8008 Colgate
Get Directions - 8008 Colgate Houston

A Mid-Century modern miracle makeover is being showcased in a home tour this weekend as part of preservation group Houston Mod's "Mod of the Month," an ongoing series of open houses in historic Glenbrook Valley and the neighboring Meadowcreek Village subdivision.

The featured house at 8008 Colgate St. recently went from shambles to stunning after being renovated beyond the studs. The structure is one of many in these transitional areas near Hobby Airport that are filled with a mix of architectural styles, oversized lots and mature pecan trees.

Houston Mod, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, highlights three architecturally significant residences each month in hopes of pairing them with sympathetic buyers who will preserve the properties. Houston Mod received a Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston for the program.

The other two spotlighted residences this weekend are the three-bedroom, 2,519-square-foot residence at 5222 Sleepy Creek Drive listed at $215,000 and 5443 Whispering Creek Way, a 1,850-square-foot three bedroom with an asking price of $99,900. The tour runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and is free and open to the public.

8008 Colgate St.
When the property owners purchased this ransacked structure, all really that was left were the four exterior walls and the main staircase.

 The house at 8008 Colgate was saved after more than 17 months of rebuilding. 

"It was all about the staircase, location close to downtown and being a Mid-Century modern," emails Belinda Skoog, who along with husband Chris bought the house situated on almost an acre overlooking Sims Bayou. "The house was beyond a remodel with holes in the roof and tree roots going into the house under the carpeting over 30 feet.

"We worked with the historical group to find the right common ground for the extreme makeover."

From underground plumbing, new slab and 60-plus percent replacement of framing to all new rafters and roof, in addition to power service and wiring, the house at 8008 Colgate was saved after more than 17 months of rebuilding.

"We decided to take and blend the art of Mid-Century modern and update it with modern on the landscape and the decor," Skoog says. "In the house, we completed it with spray foam insulation throughout and triple-insulated glass windows to cut down on our carbon footprint."

Today, 8008 Colgate St. is a mod beauty. Travertine tile is found through the first floor, where automated window shades work by remote. Two kitchens show off granite countertops and custom cabinets. The house includes four bedrooms and four full baths, as well as two half-baths. And as a bonus, the home theater features 11 full recliners and 168-inch HD projector and screen.

Outside, a 10,000-gallon rain harvesting system and drought-resistant zoysia grass keep conservation in mind. Parking's available in a two-car garage and a two-car carport.

The property is for sale at $525,000 with Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties serving as the realtor.

Newsletters for exploring your city

Daily Digest

Houston news, views + events

The Dining Report

News you can eat

Insider Offers

Curated experiences at exclusive prices

Promo Alerts

Special offers + exclusive deals

We will not share or sell your email address