Good Bones Season 6: Final Episode Recap & Review

After a false start what we believed was the season finale, Season 6 of Good Bones comes to a close with this week’s episode. It’s never easy to say goodbye to the renovation experiences and the Indianapolis glory photographs for another 9 months, but recappers Megan Fernandez, Indianapolis Monthly’s homes editor, and art director Kristin Sims manage to do so.

Two Chicks is renovating its first project in Cottage Home this week, a considerably more established area than the Old Southside, where they had previously worked. Because it’s also a historic district, the Chicks will have to take things gently as they wait for permissions and observe all of the restrictions.

The other snag is that this house is not owned by Two Chicks. Courtney and David, two males who are linked to one of Mina’s high school friends, own it. It’s their first time flipping a property, and they’re already in over their heads. Two Chicks comes to the rescue, putting up a full-fledged house-flipping workshop.

We don’t say it because it doesn’t fit with the home tale. Episodes normally open with a dose of sweetness from Jack, Mina’s little kid, but we don’t mention it because it doesn’t fit with the house story. I’m also a little terrified by the prospect of describing how nice he is. But this week, I have to inform out that Jack is having the time of his life by driving his toy vehicle to the Fountain Square ice cream shop.

Because this remodeling takes an eternity, the timings would be appropriate.

Courtney and David spent too much for a shithole—$62,000 for a pile of rotted wood that’s coming down. The foundation and joists are in horrible shape, an extension has to be removed, the yard is overgrown, and there’s a lot of debris inside. Courtney and David ask Mina what happens to all the rubbish to demonstrate how new they are to house flipping.

I’m surprised this house isn’t a total wreck. Inside, it appears as though a storm has struck.

To me, it nearly appears like fire. If it weren’t for historic preservation covenants, it would most likely be demolished.

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Mina discusses what’s going on with the house throughout the walk-through, and it’s remarkable how much she understands about remodeling, though I suppose it shouldn’t be. But it’s entertaining to watch.

Courtney and David will be lucky to break even with $190,000 in remodeling expenditures because comparable homes in the region sell for $250,000. Mina, on the other hand, is optimistic that by the time they’re through, the comparisons will have improved. I’m not sure how they’ll all make money on this house unless Two Chicks’ fee is factored into the $190,000. Whatever the case may be, it’s incredible that these people felt they could flip a property with no prior expertise. Mina is probably saving them $100,000 in blunders.

Enough with the formalities. Let’s have a look around the house. They aim to demolish an extension, open up the floor plan, make it intimate with two bedrooms downstairs, and convert an upper loft into a third bedroom by shifting a staircase, a vision that Mina sees but that the homeowners agree would have been difficult for them to realize. Karen outdoes herself by correctly identifying possum excrement and other faces by animal.

Cory demolishes the lean-to while wearing white pants, which is my favorite part. Cory discovers that the sewage pipe did not extend all the way inside the house when the extension was removed. It didn’t make it beyond the bathroom in the expansion. Courtney and David did not inspect the sewer line before to purchasing the home. Mina is well aware of the situation. “After 90 of them,” Cory recalls, “you get clever about it.”

It’s strange that you can live like way, yet you can’t remodel in this neighborhood without being looked over your shoulder. Two Chicks gets a few stop-work orders because the plans they filed to the historical whatever—maybe heritage conservation committee were too broad. It appears that you may change windows but not more than 75% of the framing, and the framers made a mistake.

Another seasonal vibe: a refurbished cottage designed to appeal to first-time homeowners, who are the house’s target demographic due to its tiny size. However, in this season’s last broadcast, they didn’t mention the mood in every interview segment or after each commercial break as a gift to the fans!

Another present comes in the form of a Karen project, which hasn’t always been the case since she left Two Chicks (but stayed on the show). During the demo, she discovered a fantastic armoire in the house, which she and MJ want to plaster with maps. The drawers are removed, leaving only an open cabinet. I know you’ll love it since I have a cedar chest that you decoupaged with maps on the outside and it’s one of my most prized possessions.

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Tad and MJ visit Midland Arts and Antiques, a long-time Indianapolis treasure-hunting destination, to purchase (or select) an island. Tad is ecstatic because he doesn’t get to go shopping very often. He sits atop a large elephant that appears to have come from Coney Island. MJ is anxious, and he says things like, “Always check the price before climbing on.” Then Tad comes across a gigantic peanut costume and forces MJ to put it on. MJ said that it has been there the entire time he has shopped at Midland, and he has always questioned who put it there. And now he’s certain: he’s the one.

Finally, it feels so warm and inviting inside. With a huge blue rustic coffee table and a slip-covered chair combined with a modern chrome-frame chair, wood-wrapped rafters, and the renovated armoire adding character, they presented this extremely effectively. The kitchen cabinetry is a conventional sage green color, with black counters and white subway tile. To avoid overwhelming the small kitchen with cabinets, MJ developed open shelves with a bronze finish for a corner.

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