Mounds Park

433 Johnson Pkwy.

Built 1948
Eric Lohman and Mara Heck
This house exemplifies a labor of love, decorating true to era, DIY on a budget, and a work-in-progress. We took out a load-bearing wall between the kitchen and the living room, as Mara is a talented and active chef who loves to entertain. We replaced bowed beams in the ceiling, added a center island to give more storage space, updated the stove to gas (necessary for any great chef) and changed to recessed lighting. Numerous other undoing tasks are underway, saving or adding vintage as we go. In the middle of our renovation, a hundred-foottall cottonwood tree came down partially on our house. Although devastating, it did allow us to change the roofline to provide a partial deck cover. We also converted a basement room into a home gym, complete with a vintage drinking fountain. The rest will have a speakeasy theme.