HYDE PARK – A house that stood vacant for almost a decade was just what Scott and Sarah Stockstad wanted.
A year ago, the couple bought the Craftsman-style home at 1809 W. Richardson Place and spent five months renovating the 3,000-square foot, two-story home.
This year they are preparing for hundreds of visitors to see their work when their home is one of nine houses featured on Saturday’s 12th annual Historic Hyde Park Home Tour.
The Stockstads grew up in the Seattle area about a mile apart and have lived in Tampa for five years. Scott Stockstad, 34, is a home builder and Sarah Stockstad, 29, is a former home and garden magazine writer. She now who now stays home with their daughters, ages 4 1/2 and 1 1/2. A son is due in June.
“We grew up in Craftsman houses and we love fixer-uppers,” Sarah Stockstad said. “This house has beautiful bones.”
It had been vacant for nine years and “we went down to the studs. We wanted a modern home in a historical setting,” she said.
They added another bathroom making it a four-bedroom, three-bath house and created a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. They added moldings, replaced wooden floors, demolished and rebuilt a separate garage with a mother-in-law suite above for their many guests from the Northwest.
They oversaw the transformation themselves with no designer or general contractor. They bought it in February 2013, started working on it in April and moved there in August.
They believe it was built around 1921 and found a newspaper in the house from that year.
“We are curious about it and if anyone knows anything, we would like to hear about it,” Sarah Stockstad said.
She does not divulge how much they spent renovating the home but according to the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s website, they paid $545,000 to purchase the house.
They agreed to be part of the tour because “it was the least we could do after all the inconvenience we caused” with traffic flow from the workmen coming and going, she said.
“The tour mimics the neighborhood, it shows a sense of community and we are celebrating the historical aspects,” Sarah Stockstad said.
Kari Adams, home tour chairwoman, said the tour focuses on the “walk ability of the neighborhood and the urban nature” of the neighborhood with various architectural styles including Prairie, Bungalows, Colonial Tudor and more.
“What really makes it unique is it an all day – or at least a half-day – event,” Adams said. “Visitors really get to experience the tour.”
Nine caterers are providing food at two-thirds of the houses, she said. In addition, there will be a pop-up history center with original house plans and renovation experts. The city of Tampa’s Tree-Mendous Tampa Community Program will have information about obtaining free trees.
In conjunction with the home tour, Robert John Dean and Roger Duffala will present a program about using antique pieces in home designs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kate Jackson Center, 821 S. Rome Ave. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.ehydepark.org.
The events are sponsored by the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association with proceeds to assist in the renovation of Swann Pond and the development of an Urban Design Master Plan.
WHAT: See nine houses in Historic Hyde Park.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
WHERE: Starts at Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S. Rome Ave.
TICKETS: $20 in advance www.ehydepark.org; $25 day of event at registration desk.
INFORMATION: (727) 482-1465 or see www.EHydePark.org.