For Kai Avent-DeLeon, founder of Sincerely Toomy, a space has to transmit a peaceful and pure vibe. Therefore, when she and her husband started to look for property in New York City, the couple tried to find the perfect peaceful home.
Kai lived in Brooklyn for her entire adult life, but because of the pandemic, she started feeling trapped. She felt like she didn´t have any space to play with her son in her previous home.
While looking for properties in Sullivan County with her real estate agent, Kai didn´t like any houses. But then, from across 2.5 acres, she found the perfect home that fitted her vibe.
The property houses a unique mobile home from the 1960s. The previous owner used the tiny home for weekend getaways, but the owner didn’t look after it over the years. She liked the green environment more than anything because she could hear the river flow.
The Mobile Home has 720 square feet and two bedrooms. Instead take the mini house down, the Sincerely Tommy founder decided to renovate it. The process of getting the mortgage was complicated, but Kai did it.
Upon the renovations process, Kia contractors noticed more work than expected. As the mobile home didn´t have any factual foundation and the constructors found mold, they removed everything from the house. So the contractors removed all of the paneling, carpeting, and a bedroom to open up the space.
The renovation took about five months. The building team made an extension of 700 square feet, including an extra bedroom. Everything was taken out, except the original woodburning, which Kai loved. Other features included self-leveling cement on the floors, exposed wood beams, and Anderson windows.
Kai maintained a minimal and cozy style regarding the design elements. She bought furniture from local designers and a women-owned business. Plus, Kai incorporated some travel accessories such as her wooden bowls from Kenya and Ghana. Thanks to her selection of items, the house has meaning and value.
Nowadays, Kai sees land ownership as generating wealth and a path to Black liberation. She plans to equip the property to host small get-togethers, mediation sessions, yoga classes, and other events. Plus, Kai wants to list an Airstream on Airbnb. However, she is focused on envisioning all the dinners and get-togethers that she will have with her loved ones in her Mobile Home.
Source: Architectural Digest