Retired Houston Couple Replaces Starter Home With Forever Home
Susan and Charles Elder’s roots run deep in their neighborhood outside of downtown Houston. They moved into a starter house there in 1981, just six houses around the corner from the house Susan grew up in and one street over from where her paternal grandparents lived. The Elders have lived at the same address ever since.
But while the address numbers never changed, the house sure did. Over the years the Elders renovated four times, always in an effort to open up the 1955 ranch house and bring in more light. It never felt like enough.
After raising their two daughters and then retiring a few years ago, the Elders embarked on one last renovation, this time taking everything down to the dirt lot and building a house with everything they had ever wanted, all while preserving the memory of the address at which they’ve spent their lives together.