Flipping Detroit

Flipping Detroit

There are many homes in Detroit just like the one below that have been left behind due to residents leaving the city, in many cases, for a better life. But Detroit, MI is on a comeback and it is houses like this one that are being renovated to attack people back to the city.

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The home at 16231 Greenlawn St. Detroit, MI that is being renovated by David Carswell’s team at Dwelling Renovation to attract families back to the city. March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

David Carswell works for Dwelling Renovation, through Schaefer Wells & Associates, LLC contractors specializing in renovating homes in Detroit, MI. Carswell works specifically with investors who buy properties in these areas. As their Field Supervisor, he works as the liaison between the realtor and the investor. He describes the company as “Art Contractors” meaning, they pride themselves on giving potential homeowners something different from what they would normally get from a rehabbed home, such specialized painting, tiling and woodwork details. He said they want the homeowner to feel as if their home is a work of art.

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Brick and stone detail on the exterior of the Greenlawn St. home in Detroit, MI where David Carswell with Dwelling Renovations has begun renovating for Schaefer Wells & Associates. March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

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David Carswell of Dwelling Renovations standing next to the dumpster outside the Greenlawn St home, Saturday March 5, 2016 where renovation construction has begun (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

“The first thing we do when we acquire a property is secure it by putting security gates on it or boarding it up. Sometimes we even put individuals in a home who may have been displaced from a home and give them a safe and secure place to live, it is a way of giving back to the community. Then an estimate is taken on the home starting with electrical, heating, plumbing, and cooling. “ Carswell continues “we then see what can be salvaged cosmetically such as carpet, cabinets, and tiles.”

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A look at the electrical unit in the basement of the Greenlawn St. home, March 5, 2016 that is part of the initial inspection before construction for the renovation can begin (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

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A look at the kitchen floor, sink and cabinets at the Greenlawn St. home to assess what can be salvaged and what needs to be replaced during the renovation process, March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

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David Carswell of Dwelling Renovations, inspecting the kitchen tile at the Greenlawn St. house, March 5, 2016 to see if it could be salvaged during the renovation process (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

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David Carswell of Dwelling Renovations, walking up the Greenlawn St. home’s flight of stairs whee the carpet has been ripped out and will be replaced as part of the renovation process, March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

This house, built approximately in the 1920s, located at 16231 Greenlawn St, is in the University of Detroit Mercy district. It is just over 15-hundred square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The property was turned over to Dwelling Renovations just two days ago. Carswell said it would take about 3 weeks to complete the interior construction then anther 10 days to paint. They want to preserve as much of the original character of the home by replicating stucco walls and preserving the wood-burning fireplace.

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David Carswell of Dwelling Renovations pointing out the stucco walls that will be torn out and replicated to its original character during the renovation of the Greenlawn St. home, March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

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Wood burning stone and stucco fireplace in the Greenlawn St. home that will be preserved during renovation construction. March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)

Because of Detroit has experienced, in recent years, residents moving out of the city, many investors are purchasing upwards to 200 – 300 homes at a time, said Carswell, which is contributing to the resurgence. Many of the homes will remain uninhabited until an investor has enough interests in the area, then construction begins. Carswell said that his company also wants to encourage community involvement by getting residents to participate in neighborhood contest. His idea is for female homeowners to enter “beautification” contests where the landscapes of the front yards are judged. Then for male homeowners, he would like to call that contest a “man’s world” where the backyards or deck areas of the homes are judged. It is all to encourage community participation and allow new and old residents to become true neighbors. Detroit’s comeback is largely based on strong communities and Dwelling Renovations is taking pride in helping Detroit rebound one home at a time.

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The front exterior of the Greenlawn St. home featuring brick, wood, and stone, with a look down the street where Dwelling Renovations wishes to conduct “beautification” contest for the neighborhood. March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University) 

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The backyard and exterior of a neighboring home from the back porch of the Greenlawn St. house  the setting where Dwelling Renovations wishes to conduct “a man’s world” deck and backyard contest. March 5, 2016 (Photo by Aletha Rideout/Full Sail University)