The Cordrays embrace Galveston island’s personality in their restoration projects. (Courtesy HGTV)
Ashley said while many restoration businesses and shows on HGTV simply “flip” houses for resale value, Save1900 is dedicated to keeping as many of the home’s original character features as possible to keep Galveston’s history alive. Less than a year after the founding of Save1900, their trademark restoration style that they documented on their Instagram account caught the attention of showrunners at HGTV.
“We hadn’t done many houses to that point because it was a side project for nights and weekends, then all of a sudden everyone was calling,” Michael said.
Michael and Ashley said it was an 18-month process to get a pilot to air, but even if the show isn’t picked up for a whole season, the exposure has been invaluable to their mission of putting their signature touch on the town they love. They said the sight of the uptick in home and neighborhood maintenance near one of their finished projects is motivation enough for them to continue to purchase houses.
“Even if people don’t have the means to fix up their own homes, they start doing little things and things they haven’t done for years,” Ashley said. “No matter what, we’ll keep doing what we do.”
As recent graduates, Michael and Ashley can attest to the uncertainty college students face when entering the job market and hope they can serve as examples to students now and in the future when it comes to turning a passion into a profession.
“If it’s something you want to do, you have to be prepared and fully focus,” Ashley said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard hours and maybe going back to your college days of eating ramen noodles, but you’ll get out what you’ll put into it.”
Visit Saving Galveston‘s HGTV page to learn more about the show and upcoming episodes.