Bringing new life to an old house
Prineville realtor Jeremy Grover likes old buildings, so when the opportunity arose to salvage an old ranch house, he came up with a plan.
He disassembled the century-old house and is building a new office, using the original siding, shiplap, flooring and trim.
"It is going to be a new commercial building that looks like an old house," he said. "It is a great salvage project."
Grover has been in the real estate business for four years, but a year ago, he went out on his own and started his own company, Homestead Realty LLC. Once the new building at the corner of Northwest Beaver and Northwest Fifth streets is completed this fall, he will move his business from his home to the new office.
The old home was built in 1904 and sat on a 100-acre ranch on Elliott Lane. It had been in his aunt's family since 1940. The family no longer lived in the home and needed to decommission it and remove it from the property.
That's when Grover and his wife, Mystie, stepped in.
In 2016, he hired a local house mover to transport the two-story, 1,568-square-foot home to his rental property on Paulina Highway. He then went to work disassembling the house and saving materials for his new building.
"There's a lot of rough-sawn wood that we'll be able to use for other projects, too," Grover said. "Most of it won't go to waste."
His buddy Jim Fewell of Double F Welding is a welding contractor but also a licensed general contractor for residential and commercial projects. Grover has worked with Fewell on other jobs, so the two are working together to build the new office. They broke ground at the quarter-acre site in January.
The new 1,824-square-foot Homestead Realty headquarters, which he plans to paint white, will resemble the old ranch house, featuring a front and back porch. The dining room and downstairs bedroom will become offices, and there will also be a small kitchen and a bathroom downstairs. The living area will be a conference room, which Grover said he will make accessible to other businesses that might need a meeting area. Five additional offices will be upstairs.
"Another feature of my new office will be a full-size windmill out front to hang my office sign on," Grover said.
The city is going to pave one block of Beaver Street, and Homestead Realty parking will be on the north side of the building.
Grover's wife, who is his business partner, will eventually have her real estate license and will work with him. Currently, Grover is the principal broker, and Dawn Reinhart and Sandy Gregory are real estate agents. But, he pointed out, there is room for growth.
Once completed, the new building with old features will be very similar to a house not far away.
"It fits in with the neighborhood," he said. "I like old buildings and building something old that fits in. It blends with the community."
Homestead Realty LLC
Owners: Jeremy and Mystie Grover