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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A Lake Charles home that used to be a gas station in the 1940s is getting national exposure because of its unique conversion. A crew from HGTV was in town profiling the home for a series titled: "You Live in What?"

Owner Michael Flurry purchased the property for $55,000 in 2005 right before Hurricane Rita. A Lake Charles Police officer Flurry put an additional $65,000 worth of renovations over the next year and a half converting into a San Francisco style loft apartment.

"I barely knew how to pick up a hammer prior to buying this property. I was kind of naive back then. I thought I'll just throw some paint on it and fix it right up but it turned out to be a bigger project than that," said Flurry.

To look at it now it's a real show place with 1,500 square feet of living space including a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. To keep the character of the original gas station Flurry left the pull down doors in the living room and kitchen area where the cars would pull in to be serviced. Original tire racks can also be seen overhead in the 13 foot ceilings. You'll also find an old gas pump in the master bedroom where customers used to pull up and pump their gas. 

The conversion was enough to catch the attention of HGTV.

"We have a fun show where we travel all over the country profiling unique homes. That's kind of the idea of the show - it's kind of quirky things that people have done to make commercial spaces into residences," said Monika Watkins, with AMS Pictures.

Watkins said in addition to the home on 7th Street they have also filmed a segment on a home in Shreveport. After wrapping up in Lake Charles the crew is headed to New Orleans for two more homes including an old brothel. 

"It's always interesting to see what people do. People have converted all kinds of business - you name it really. School buses, jails, banks, churches... it's pretty incredible," said Watkins.

Flurry and his wife Lauren no longer live in the home but still lease it out. They recall it being a fun place to live and proof you can make any place a home.

"Home is where you make it. And so it doesn't matter where we lived as long as you make it your own," said Lauren.

They couple said it's hard to let go of the property after all the blood, sweat and tears they put into the renovations. 

"It also has sentimental value. After we completed the home we were throwing a big Halloween party and I asked her to marry me right here in the kitchen. I was wearing a gladiator costume. I hid the ring up in a cabinet because I knew she wouldn't be able to find it," said Flurry.

HGTV has no scheduled air date for the segment but said it likely will take at least two months before it airs. We'll keep you posted on when it airs.

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