Preservation Texas Honor Award

DSW homes was privileged to recieve the 2016 Preservation Texas Honor award along with The GLO, and AECOM for the rehabilitation of the Quiroz house located at 2518 Church street. This project was a part of The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program backed by the Texas General Land Office. This program is designed to help those of low income and with physical limitations to get out of the hazardous conditions that they live in and into a proper, safe, ADA compliant home with central air and heat, running water, and a proper electrical system to code. DSW Homes is one of the contractors that the program and AECOM have trusted with these massive rehab projects.

Galveston is a beautiful island with Texas history around every corner, up and down every block. Amongst that history there are many structures that have been forgot about, or just neglected due to extensive damage caused by the Gulf Coast climate. The Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program backed by the Texas General Land Office has been rehabilitating the residential structures left devastated amongst the neighborhoods of Galveston. This program is designed to help those of low income and with physical limitations to get out of the hazardous conditions that they live in and into a proper, safe, ADA compliant home with central air and heat, running water, and proper electrical system to code. DSW Homes is one of the contractors that the program and URS has trusted with these massive rehab projects.

The Quiroz house stands at 2518 Church St, Galveston Texas since 1897. That puts this house amongst downtown Galveston which is a factor that gives this house so much of its character and historical distinguishes. The Quiroz house is nestled across the street from the US Post office and between other downtown businesses that have grown around it. All while 2518 Church St remained untouched in time. The original stepping block to board a horse drawn carriage still remains out front along the street. The Gargoyles sculpted into the porch foundation and pillars still remain starring hauntingly out at the street protecting the structure from demons and evil spirits.

Ms. Mary Quiroz has lived in this house her entire life; she was actually born inside her house 82 years ago. It was especially important to DSW to preserve as much of the historical value, along with the many irreplaceable artifacts that have held on to Ms. Quiroz’s house that was structurally possible.

The skilled demo team worked carefully while pulling out old water damaged plaster walls and flooring. As well as old plumbing lines and an electrical system that for the most part didn’t work, and was packed with code violations and a deathtrap of exposures alike. The foundation of the house was repaired and leveled. Structural framing was repaired plus reinforced. The roof was completely replaced. An entire new plumbing system was installed along with new plumbing fixtures and appliances. A total rewire was performed with new light fixtures. Insulation was installed for the first time along with two 3 ton HVAC units and Ductwork. An entire new kitchen was put in; a laundry area in one of the houses back rooms was installed. A complete ADA accessible bathroom was created for Ms. Quiroz. Furthermore a ramp access was created for here so she doesn’t always have to try and use the stairs to enter her home. All flooring was refurbished to preserve the history of the houses interior. The exterior siding was replaced in the areas that were too damaged to save. The original front and rear stairs were preserved and worked into the new decking of the porches. All of the original shutters were refurbished, painted and hung back where they have been holding on for the last 118 years. All original doors and windows were restored to meet historical code. On the front doors and throughout the porches carpenters hand crafted trim to match the original detail. Finally the entire house inside and out was given fresh paint to go along with the 1890’s new home feel associated with this great project.

It is an honor to be assigned these projects from URS and the GLO. DSW takes extraordinary pride in returning our homeowners to their residences quickly and beyond expectation. Everyone deserves a place to call home, to be comfortable and live without risk and heartache.