Mother-daughter duo, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak are redefining what it means to rehabilitate rundown homes. Karen and Mina were recently interviewed for a story in our new publication, Property Portfolio Magazine.
What started as a personal project turned into a community project, and has now developed into the inspiration we've all come to know and love on HGTV's hit show, Good Bones, which is currently screening on Foxtel.
The pair began renovations in 2007 when Mina bought her first home that needed "all the work," according to Mina. With the rehab of this home, the two not only renovated a house but discovered a passion for renovation, strengthened their bond, and made it their mission to "revitalize Indianapolis one property at a time" under the brand Two Chicks and a Hammer.
In 2014, they were completing 2-3 houses per year in between their day jobs. After they were approached by High Noon Entertainment, a pilot episode of a home improvement show was aired on HGTV in the United States in May 2015 under the name Two Chicks and a Hammer. In July 2015, after a successful pilot, they began filming the first season of Good Bones. They're now working on home rehabilitation full time, completing around 13 homes per year around Indianapolis.
We spoke with the duo about how to get started, working with family, and whether or not fixer upper homes are always worth it.