GRAPEVINE — Several years ago, Lori and Barry Buschel began looking for a home in the coveted Grapevine historic district.“We had talked about moving to the historic area, but there were never any homes for sale,” Lori said.Then a friend told them about a one-story home that had just come on the market on East College Street.“I fell in love with it, but my husband thought it was too much work to renovate,” Lori said.Then, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the couple decided it was now or never.They bought the home in April 2011, moving from their residence near Grapevine Lake.Keeping within the city’s guidelines, they replaced sheet rock, wiring and plumbing, and made many updates. They found cedar floors under worn carpet and restored them.Renovations, which Lori said were “a work of love,” were completed in October.Today, Barry and Lori, who is now healthy following cancer surgery, live there contentedly with their two dogs, Frank and Stitch.“We love it here,” she said. “This is the home of our dreams.”The Buschels and three others who renovated homes were named winners of this year’s Grapevine Heritage Foundation Preservation Advocacy Awards.The winners, who were recognized by Mayor William D. Tate at a city council meeting, were nominated by the community in four categories.David Klempin, city historic preservation officer, lauded all of the families who were nominated.“We can count on their positive support and are always confident of their commitment to historic preservation,” he said. “We want to offer a heartfelt thank you to these owners of historic properties who have invested their time and resources with attention to detail in preserving the heritage of Grapevine.”Township AwardThe Township Award was awarded to the Buschels for their work restoring the W. D. Deacon House, circa 1950, at 304 East College St. in the College Street Residential Historic District. The couple renovated the white limestone home in the building’s original footprint.Conservation AwardThe Conservation Award was presented to Matthew and Sandra Gutierrez for outstanding accomplishment in the conservation of the D.E. Box House, circa 1952, located at 924 East Worth St. in the D.E. Box Addition Historic District. The couple refurbished the one-story home maintaining many original features.Restoration AwardThe foundation gave The Restoration Award to Eric and Cynthia Eicher for restoring the Koonce-Simmons House, circa 1914, located at 305 Smith St. in the Historic Township. The family restored the two-story home.Advocacy AwardThe Advocacy Award was awarded to Fabien Goury and Yasmine Bohsali for serving as advocates for Grapevine. They renovated the historic Jackson House circa 1947 at 326 East Texas St., which is now their home. They also advocate for the city through their business, the Main Street Bistro & Bakery, located in an 1888 brick building at 316 South Main St.
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