VAN ALSTYNE — The American Craftsman-style home at 530 S. Waco in Van Alstyne was originally built in 1908, but tax records indicate the construction year was 1915. Current owner and Realtor for the property, Kimberly Uselton, explained this is because the city of Van Alstyne did not begin keeping tax records until 1915.
Over the years, various owners have made updates and improvements based on the occupants’ needs. For this reason, the home has undergone several conversions. Originally a single-family home, the home was separated into a dual residence at one point.
Currently, the property is being used as a commercial building with several offices. With a few modifications, the versatile home can be used for any of its three previous uses.
Uselton said she enjoyed the restoration and conversion of the home when she first purchased it.
“It’s a super fun place,” Uselton said. “We peeled back all the wallpaper and wall board and it was fun to see. You could really see the house breathing and opening up when we started doing it.”
The 3,198-square-foot home contains five bedrooms and two bathrooms. The bedrooms are currently used as office space. One bathroom is a full bath while the other is a half bath.
The drive up to the house is graveled to allow easy parking and access to the half-acre property for business owners and clients. Currently a brown/beige combination, the exterior of the home is comprised of vinyl siding that was added over the traditional shiplap.
Original brick columns line the wrap-around porch at the front of the home. Uselton said the porch is currently used for socialization and meetings when the weather is nice.
“I sit and have coffee with clients out here,” Uselton said. “Once it cools off, it’s much busier out here. I have come out here before and there is a group of people sitting around and visiting.”
There are three front entrances to the home. This would have been helpful when the home was separated into two residences, allowing occupants to enter their own side of the house without disturbing the other.
Uselton is having custom brackets crafted to repair one of the three doors.
“The one around the corner needs work,” Uselton said. “Somebody is coming to do a little repair and tighten door up because it’s so old. We are trying to keep it original as much as we can.”
The main entry door with large beveled glass leads into what was likely the original living room but is now office space. Originally built as coal burning, the fireplace located in the room has been converted to gas.
Original pine floors stretch through most of the house. The ceiling tiles were fashioned to replicate the correct style for the era of the house. Uselton expects the originals were removed some time ago.
“There was an era where people harvested a lot of things from old houses,” Uselton said. “I would imagine somebody took the original ceiling tiles and sold them.”
Adjacent to the main living area is a large office space. During its use as a dual residency the room might have been used as a separate living area. To maintain the flow of natural light while still providing privacy Uselton added a sliding glass barn door to separate the space.
Original pocket doors remain in several of the rooms to help improve the flexibility of the home by allowing owners to either close rooms off or leave them open to each other. Another feature that provides versatility is the possibility of two kitchens within the house.
The original kitchen is located at the back of the house with attached butler pantry and private entrance. The entrance was likely used by workers who would have prepared the food.
It appears as if the back porch was enclosed at one point and plumbed, possibly as a second kitchen. This would have allowed the home to be split in half. The second location is currently used as an office with built in china cabinets and beadboard.
There are also two potential dining spaces located in proximity to the kitchens. One is currently being used as a conference room with a fireplace that backs up to the entry room fireplace. The second is smaller and adjacent to the second staircase.
The stairs lead up to a sitting area and three bedrooms. The second story maintains original floors and trim throughout. A potbelly stove was originally located on the second floor and has since been removed.
The home is currently on the market for those who are looking for an investment property or to restore it back to a residence. Uselton explained she is ready to move on to a new property to restore.
“We’ve tried to maintain the history of the house as we’ve gone in and tried to update it to make it nice,” Uselton said. “It has really been a pleasure being able to do this and put this whole thing together. We’ll find another one to do. We’re on to the next project.”