Mina, Karen and the Little Victorian That Could

The ladies of Good Bones transform a tiny and sad Victorian home on the outskirts of downtown Indy into a stylish showplace brimming with light and space.

Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine of Prefit's Good Bones

Photo by: Mary Ann Carter/Getty Images

Mary Ann Carter/Getty Images

Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine of Prefit's Good Bones

Show: Good Bones

With the last episode of Good Bones we brought you the “Big House on Sanders Street” – physically the biggest project that Mina and Karen had yet taken on. This time around we take you to the other end of the spectrum with one of their smallest projects, but one that nevertheless comes with its own set of challenges.

The Little Victorian, before the renovation

The Little Victorian, before the renovation

In this Good Bones project, our fearless duo goes back to Woodlawn Avenue, coming to the rescue of a Victorian era home that’s in need of some serious love. At only 1780 square feet, the two-bedroom, one-bath home truly is one of the smallest properties Karen and Mina have taken on.  

Demo Day on Woodlawn Ave.

Demo Day on Woodlawn Ave.

In terms of repairs, peeling paint and a sagging roof are just the tip of the iceberg. Over time the house had been morphed into a severely dysfunctional layout — with a front door that opened into a bedroom (!) and only a single and non-functional bathroom, off the kitchen at the rear of the house. Adding to the challenge, the building was still filled with piles of trash left by former tenants.



Karen and Mina remained firm in their conviction that, despite its current sad state, the house did still possess some period charm. A two-story addition and $160,000 later, give or take, what Karen and Mina are able to deliver is a salvaged gem that now comes with an impressive sense of space, a grand kitchen and living area, four bedrooms and some luxe amenities.

The renovated kitchen

The renovated kitchen

Following their distinctive aesthetic approach, they fill the spaces with art and furnishings that provide an urban boho vibe and lots of color and visual interest that are certain to capture the imaginations of prospective downtown homebuyers.

Contemporary Blue Office with Neutral Wooden Desk

Contemporary Blue Office with Neutral Wooden Desk

A contemporary blue home office with a wooden desk is shown, as seen on Prefit's Good Bones.

From: Good Bones
and Facelift for a Tiny Victorian

Photo by: Mary Ann Carter/Getty Images

Mary Ann Carter/Getty Images

The Good Bones episode titled “Facelift for a Tiny Victorian” premieres Tuesday, July 18 at 10p|9c. And check back here to see the full photo tour, more new galleries, show updates and more.

Keep Reading

Next Up

'Good Bones' Season 2 Finale: The Little House on Leton

Mina and Karen take a financial risk on a house in an established historic neighborhood but, with structural issues and zoning restrictions, soon find they may have landed themselves in a historic hot mess.

Rehab Addict History Lesson: 8 Things to Know About Detroit's Ransom Gillis House

See why the Rehab Addict team thought this 1876 Detroit home was worthy of a massive renovation.

Peak Mother-Daughter Moments Seen on 'Good Bones'

Now that's what we call a constructive relationship. (Sorry. We couldn't help ourselves.)

'Good Bones' Season Two is Headed Your Way

Those mighty Indy women, Mina and Karen, are back for a second season of home renos and rescues in their city's historic neighborhoods.

8 Reasons Why We Can't Wait for 'Good Bones' Season 2

Good news, fellow Good Bones fans: The show will return for a second season! Let us count the ways we love Mina, Karen and their colorful fixer uppers. 

'Good Bones' and the Case of the Forgotten New-Build Home

Mina and Karen head back to Woodlawn Ave. to rescue a partially finished new-construction home that was abandoned halfway through completion.

Karen + Mina Are "Just a Couple of Likable Gingers"

Dynamic mother-daughter duo Karen and Mina are back for a second season of Good Bones. Here's a sneak peek from the season-premiere episode.

Mina and Karen's Strategy for Conquering the World

Well, maybe not the world, but Good Bones season two premieres Tuesday, May 30, and we've got updates.

Mina and Karen's Magical Cottage on the Hill

The good ladies of Good Bones create a cottage charmer with a contemporary coastal vibe.

Victorian Bathrooms

Get all the info you need on Victorian bathrooms, and create a bath space with classic elegance to spare in your home.


Don’t miss your favorite shows. Live stream Prefit now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Prefit in your favorite social media feeds.

Luxury Home Giveaways

Prefit Dream Home

A gorgeous remodel in Gig Harbor, Washington

Prefit Urban Oasis

A cozy Craftsman-style home in Knoxville, Tennessee

Prefit Smart Home

A luxurious, modern home in Scottsdale, Arizona