Work begins on 16 Curb Appeal Winner

South Bend, Ind. When viewers selected a South Bend home for our 16 Curb Appeal Project they picked a home that stands alone, literally.

Over the years, all of the other homes on Sherman Avenue became problem properties and were eventually demolished.

Thankfully there was one home that was save, a local landmark that's about to get new landscaping.

When prominent businessman Robert Greening built his home in 1915, he hired renowned architect Ennis Austin for the job.

The firm Austin and Shambleau are responsible for several historic structures in our area, like the Federal Courthouse, the tower building and even the Eberhart Mansion in Mishawaka.

“They put a property on the map for us to obtain,” says Shundra Gilkie. “They put a lot of beauty and a lot of hard work and a lot of love into it because it is still standing almost a hundred years later.”

Clinton and Shundra Gilkie saved this historic home from demolition when they bought it two years ago. They had a lot of work to do on the inside, and now the work begins on the outside.

The family arranged to get some help with the front walk and steps. The old ones were removed and then replaced by Kuert Concrete and the handiwork of the concrete guy, Rodney Rouch.

And painter Dave Klein offered his skills to help dress up the trim work, using paint donated by Sherwin Williams.

With those projects out of the way, the crew from Linton's dug right in.

“First thing, get rid of these bushes so all the stonework can show,” says Shundra.

With old shrubs and brushes removed, and the uneven yard cut away, the Gilkie family home is ready for a transformation.

“It's kind of a blank slate,” says Shundra. “And we have no starting point. It would be great to upgrade the neighborhood. We need to go ahead and Start the ground work so everyone else can follow for blocks over.”

The family also wants to thank siding world and crossroads guttering for their help with the gutters, and Big C Lumber for their historic preservation work.

The front yard is really looking different now, we'll have the improvements and share planting tips that you can try with your landscaping.

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