Gosh, ok. Her it is! On the suggestion of some of my clients and now dear friends, I have finally compiled a few before and after photos to give you an idea of what I get up to in my crazy day. Some of you unsuspecting homeowners, never really understood the whirlwind we create in the short, 2 week window starting once you say "Ok" and I say, "Hand 'em over! And with key in hand comes the excitement and the rush of yet another transformation. All the houses on this site are homes of those now friends who have endured my TEAM INVASION but I know that each of these friends would say "It was well worth it.", particularly on day of sale. The value to me comes on many levels. Of course the priority is to sell high and quick; that's a given! But I also have created a network of people who will refer me which I am so very grateful for. And so should you! They are the ones who have saved you from another untimely cold call or door knock when you just finished getting the little one down to sleep or just got home from a long day's work and was just about to enjoy some deserved ME time when Guess what? See, so because of my great referral base, I don't spend time on your doorstep selling myself, I spend time in your home making the magic for selling your house.
I absolutely love what I do and as I go through these photos I remember some of the great laughs had by all, very often at my Newfie blunders I must admit. Because of the time I spend "in your place/face"; I really get to know my clients and they learn quite a bit about me. And that's why I can truly say clients become my friends.
The projects vary significantly, from the simple staging to some pretty major reno's. But no matter which, on day of LIST I am as excited as a proud mother at the debutante ball full of anticipation as I watch buyers react to the newly transformed home.
I hope you enjoy!
Master SWEET Conversion
A full bathroom rip out and install plus converted a separated vanity and closet to a walk through closet and redecorated the bedroom and the private sunroom. This was really a flippin' reno not a simple stage. The star of the show is the double sink vanity which was a quality dream piece bureau picked up at RESTORE for $125. A few simple cutouts, custom granite top and a respray converted it into a custom 81inch vanity for under $2,000.00. An $800.00 freestanding tub takes the show perched under the window and sitting on 24x24 ceramic tile with a beauitful grey and brown marble effect along with a glass walk in shower with stainless waterworks. Top it all off with accent pieces such as the matching mirrors and wall sconces found from the RESTORE brings the whole room together. In the closet we started with moving the attic access to another bedroom so it wouldn't impose on the look of the walkthrough closet. We brought the same bathroom tiles into the closet, removed the dressing vanity and took out the dividing wall to the small closet to make a stunning 9x10 room full of built in cabinetry. Quotes for new closet installs started at $8,000 up to $18,000. This higher end, second hand closet system was purchased on Kijiji $2,250 - WOWZA! The gem of the bedroom is this beautiful brass bed frame found also on Kijiji $400.00! Now knowing when to keep and when to through away is crucial when on a budget. So this wicker set looked dated but with a respray in black fox grey and reupholstering the cushions in a seashell print made all the difference. Top it all off with some sweet accent pieces, some personal pictures reframed, new light fixtures and a lick of oyster gray paint and this 4 room conversion went from blah-zeh to Wa-hey for just $28,000.00.
School Marm to Sophisticated Charm
BEFORE Too many rugs covering the floors with random placed furniture and pictures gives imbalance to this room. And lets just say the bedding did not make me want to cozy up under the covers with a book.
AFTER Now we can see more of the rich flooring. The pairing of pictures over the bed and matching end tables and lamps gives balance to the room. The fresh white linens compliment the green hue to the walls. Of course no master bed is complete without pillows pillows and more pillows which in this case cover the dated headboard and of course lets get rid of the long skirt and wear a mini. Est Voila on to 50 shades of grey chapter 3!
BEFORE This home was in a first time home buyers price point. But dated country style, held up by pink carpet and wrapped in a drab yellow was not likely to attract that young buyer. (Boy if I had time though I would have chalked the heck out of that furniture and created a modern French Country)
AFTER Instead we put in a neutral breyge (this one's not a spelling error, it's my new word for beige and grey) carpet and wall coloring. Added glass top table and reflective decor. Heightened the window with soft sheers allowing the sunshine to highlight the RESTORE find of the day, this beautiful light fixture. Going from dated country to sheer sophistication.
BEFORE Too many insignificant little pieces and one big sofa. Nothing relates in size or scale. You can say its an eclectic blend. Not!
AFTER Neutral color palate with a pop of red along with new grey carpet and light window treatments makes this space balanced, interesting and inviting. You can't quite see but we closed over a window from the kitchen which now has the TV stand on it. Don't say it! Why would I cover over the one modern feature? Check out the kitchen below and maybe you will agree...sometimes sacrificing the one good feature in a room is ok for the right reason. I hope you agree.
BEFORE I won't rip it out unless the kitchen itself is falling off the walls. This kitchen had its day and its condition would have significantly reduced our buyer pool. When this client handed over the key she gave us free reign to do as we needed throughout her space and a limited budget to do it in.
AFTER So yes the window wall is gone but look what has replaced it - custom oak stained wall to wall cabinetry and appliances. We put in new flooring and opened up the doorway, though only slightly it does open out the kitchen into the dining room. And what a RESTORE find! We installed this, new to client, kitchen in 4 days. So all the cabinetry with stainless steel appliances including Wallmount Oven, Euro hood range, Bosch dishwasher, double sink and new countertop all costing this client a whopping $2500.00 but it increased her sale price by $30,000.00. The pictures above are the conversion of the rest of her house. Smart choice by the seller to allow us to renovate the whole of the main floor for just $12,000.00. That decision gave her an additional $67,000.00 on sale date.
Paint and paint and still more paint!
Nothing happened in this house until the walls, cupboards, spindles, fireplace and trim were given a good coat of paint! We also all agreed that the dark blue carpet had to go on the stairs and landing. The transformation of these pieces gave a new richness to the standard features. From there we just backed up the 26ft truck and loaded her up with an eclectic blend of modern and rustic decor. We were very happy with the transformation and so were these homeowners on Closing Date.
What Master Suite?
BEFORE This was a dated bathroom with the vanity walled off from the rest of the master ensuite but exposed to the bedroom? And not enough room between the gargantuan corner tub, dark closed in corner cabinet and toilet to swing a cat. Not something a purchaser is going to swoon over.
AFTER Ssssooooo for sure we removed the wall at the toilet and put the doorway before the vanity rather then after turning a divided bathroom into a large L shape; more conducive to a master bathroom. Of course some great finds at the RESTORE like 24x24 marble tiles, free standing tub and chandelier, along with some modern fixtures has turned this dysfunctional, uninspiring bathroom into a spa like retreat. We worked on the remainder of the house as well but sadly no before pics to show. I will say though that I scored a chandelier for their open to above entryway at the RESTORE for $125.00 which retailed at $3,500.00. Love it!. With thrifty shopping for my clients they managed to turn a $15,000.00 reno into a $72,000.00 profit. Well worth it for my clients!
An old BUNG a LOW
BEFORE This home was built in 1959 and so was everything in it. No upgrades at all. In fact, to give you an idea of what were were up against, the plug for the dishwasher was drilled up through the counter and a quasi plug was put on so it could install in the wall. Yikes! On the market as such it would have bled money, cause lets be real 90% of the buyers that say they don't mind a fixer upper don't actually want a fixer upper.
AFTER Exposing the original hardwood, opening a window wall between kitchen and dining, giving the cupboards a facelift with a new countertop and painting the whole house in one neutral color we saw the beginning of something special. Then with some tasteful lighting and modern furniture this became a must see home for buyers blowing out recent sales on that street by $70,000 over the best comparable. And the cost to client? $11,000.00.
NICE but Not Nice Enough
BEFORE So I said before I would not rip out a kitchen less it was falling out. So some would say, why would you have changed this kitchen? Though a newer home, this property was among some very high end properties and it was the homeowners who felt it needed some BLING. And of course this young couple were also submerged in that beautiful but hectic baby stage with a 3 year old boy and newborn. God bless 'em they were busy.
AFTER To start we sprayed the kitchen cupboards and installed a jet black granite countertop. Scored at the RESTORE with mosaic tiles and goose neck faucet which added that additional bit of Bling. Switched out the tall backed chairs to leather, below counter stools found at the RESTORE, and this kitchen was now up to par with its upscale neighbours. Of course I love working with my clients to help declutter and stage, getting rid of the "nursery" look to a 'grown up' room. My clients loved the inexpensive facelift particularly when they got competing offers which blew our list price away. Cha ching!
I feel this one is almost like that game I used to play growing up where you had to find the differences in each photo. I'll start! Plant/Tissue Box. Seriously sometimes its just subtle changes that will make a big difference. The mirror instead of the ornate wall clock reflected in the entranceway, a complimentary leather chair replacing the matching settee, a rug in this case to bring a contrast color and removal of the additional sie table. It doesn't always have to be drastic just effective.
Half an hour to paint the fireplace changed the age perception of this room. Then reducing the sofa to a love seat and taking away the busy collage and TV, gave this small family room space to breathe.
Sometimes it is just as simple as a new set of sheets.
Lighter rug and modern furniture, along with effective mirror size and placement, topped with repeating color scheme can do a wonders for a room.
Alot of stripping going on here! Wallpaper is back but not this three way combination. Fresh paint, a new light fixture and modern table setting reclaimed this toy storage to a inviting place to dine.
I have to admit some of the before pictures are not as well taken as the after but I think you can still see the differences. New light fixture with a modern mirror and table setting changes the every day norm for buyers to appreciate.
This kitchen has been transformed with a peel and stick real stone backsplash, new goose neck faucet and soft grey countertop WITHOUT the back lip is an inexpensive way to give a kitchen a modern facelift.
Another simple kitchen facelift. Playing off the stainless steel on the cupboard handles, we installed a peel and stick stainless steel backsplash, new goose neck faucet, granite like countertop without the lip, and with straight edges, new click vinyl floor tile and a few other minor adjustments gives this kitchen a whole new lease on life.
This was just a matter of furniture placement and use of mirrors and modern finishings.
New light fixture, lighter 2 piece settee and gold glass tables supported with a shag rug to ground this now light and airy room.
Just a clutter conversion back to an inviting place to gather and enjoy a cozy fire.
Nothing earth shattering here but the basement should not be forgotten. The removal of randomly placed treadmills which subliminally identifies "There is not enough room" and then a change in furniture placement opens out this space.
The devil is in the details and this was just a few details to help lighten and create a more welcoming master through the use of lighter bedding and cushions and repeated colors in accessories.
Another inexpensive kitchen facelift; peel and stick stone tile, granite like countertop again without the back lip, switch of light fixtures and painting out the island a contrasting color to the other cabinetry creates a whole new look.
There was more going on here then you might first see. To start we painted in a soft grey, removed the side storage unit by fridge with a display shelf, remodelled the floating shelf to become a build in island with matching countertop, new light fixture, peel and stick backsplash and clear glass table. Voila a eat in kitchen to rival its dated neighbors.
Where to begin? This dated farmhouse was desperate for change. A granite island countertop found at the restore started the transformation. Then we painted the island and wood trim in charcoal and a fresh white coat on the cupboards with black sprayed handles and hinges. Then we installed a stainless steel backsplash, Restore light fixtures and wicker window treatments and now we have a kitchen setting Joanna Gaines would be proud of.