On the suggestion of some of my clients and now dear friends, I have compiled a few Before and After photos to give you an idea of what I get up to in my crazy days. Some of you unsuspecting homeowners, never truly understood the whirlwind we create; 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 as quickly as possible. 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 expense 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. 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 watching in anticipation of how my latest transformation will be received. I hope you enjoy!
This kitchen wasn't much to talk about initially so we did a simple, effective and inexpensive kitchen facelift. Playing off the stainless steel handles on these dated cupboards, 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 which gave this kitchen a whole new lease on life. It became the conversation piece during the Open House but for all the right reasons.
ONE OF MY BEST DEALS YET!!!
This kitchen was in major need of an upgrade; from the tired floor to the outdated cupboards, countertop and appliances a buyer would have knocked off Tens of Thousands. So yes the window wall is gone but look what has replaced it! RESTORE (Habitat for Humanity) BARGAIN. Custom oak stained wall to wall cabinetry including Wallmount Oven, Euro hood range, Bosch dishwasher, Blanco double sink and goose neck faucet and new countertop. We also replaced the flooring and opened out the doorway to the dining room. The kitchen renovation cost $5,500 but the sale price was $35,000 more then the market value provided before the renovations.
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. We painted 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 School Marm to Sophisticated Charm.
PAINT PAINT & MORE PAINT. Nothing happened in this house until the most every room,, kitchen cupboards, stair spindles, fireplace and trim were given a good coat of paint! We also all agreed that the dark blue carpet on the stairs and landing had to go. We switched out the kitchen doorknobs and installed a kitchen and family room chandelier and cleaned out he kitchen floor grout. These simple transformations gave a new richness to the dated home. From there we backed in the 26ft truck and loaded her up with an eclectic blend of modern and rustic decor. We were very happy with the results and so were these homeowners on Closing Date.
Master SWEET Conversion. This was a real renovation of 4 rooms. 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. An $800 freestanding tub takes the show perched under the window and sitting on 24x24 ceramic tile with a beautiful 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! 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.
BEFORE This was a dated bathroom with the vanity walled off from the rest of the vanity so it actually sat in the but bedroom? And not enough room between the gargantuan corner tub, dark closed in corner shower stall 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 which retailed at $3,500. Love it!. With thrifty shopping for my clients they managed to turn a $15,000.00 reno into a $72,000 profit. Well worth it for my clients!
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 and refinishing the original hardwood was the best part of this transformation. Then opening a window wall between kitchen and living space gave it a whole new feel. The cupboards had a facelift with a lick of paint and new countertop with no backlip. We also painted the whole house in one neutral color and saw the beginning of something special. Finishing up 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.
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 takes the size of the wall better then the small ornate wall clock and it reflected into the entrance way. A complimentary leather chair replacing the matching settee which was too wide for the passage, a rug in this case to bring a contrast color and removal of the additional side table. It doesn't always have to be drastic to be 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.
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 to a total reform.
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 and extended a little to create a sit at island. An inexpensive way to give a kitchen a modern facelift.
Another simple kitchen facelift. It wasn't in the budget to replace the dated cupboards so playing off the stainless steel 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 finishes to change a nondescript family room into a nice place to relax.
New light fixture, another RESTORE steal at $40, lighter 2 piece loveseat and gold glass tables supported with a shag rug to ground the space and it turns into a comforting family room.
Simply removing the bookshelves and updating some of the decor and furnishings converted this into an inviting place to gather and enjoy a cozy fire.
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 (RESTORE $20/ea) 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, remodeled the floating shelf to become a build in island with matching countertop, new light fixture, peel and stick backsplash and clear glass table. Voila! An 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, wicker window treatments and stainless steel appliance from the RESTORE) and now we have a kitchen setting Joanna Gaines would be proud of.