Makeover on Elm Street

The Beginning Steps To A New Foundation

Article by Desiree Gustafson

Photography by Erica Wynn Photography Instagram @ericawynnphotography

Originally published in Windsor City Lifestyle

Real estate has always been something in the back of Brandon McNeil’s mind. In October of 2020 the McNeil family experienced a pretty life changing event that pushed them to start thinking of doing things differently. This event became the catalyst for them to get the ball rolling on their real estate journey. They originally began looking at two houses near the downtown Windsor area, one located on the street behind this one. Comically, the other home they discovered, ended up being purchased by some good friends of theirs. It would seem as though fate had decided to direct them towards Elm St, and they purchased this home last summer.

Originally built in 1929, the previous owner had already done some work to the house that helped lay a foundation for remodeling. The McNeil family found a wonderful handy man, Josiah Trujillo, who helped them add some unique touches to the house. He located some white oak beams from an old barn in Tennessee that had been torn down and were around the same age as the home. They used pieces cut from the beams to add extended counter  tops, shelving, and a breakfast bar area to their kitchen space.These vintage beams brought in a history from the house's original era from across the country. From knocking down walls, to painting, and rewiring electric, they have tackled every project as a team and as a family. 

This location has been home to Kenslee, Brandon, their three boys, and two pups since July of 2022 while they renovated the space! While planting roots, they made the best of being cozy during that time, enjoying the nearby parks, downtown area, and lakes. They are now under contract on a new home in the Windsor area and will be offering Elm Street up for temporary rentals via Airbnb!

Featuring Erica Wynn Photography @ericawynnphotography

Contact Josiah Trujilo, the McNeil's handy man for your home projects here: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057327854750&mibextid=LQQJ4d

Follow Kenslee and Brandon McNeil's story on their Instagram @hisandhers_realestate

From knocking down walls, to painting, and rewiring electric, they have tackled every project as a team and as a family.

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