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Category Archive: ‘Remodel Projects’

Master Bath Remodels

Thumb through any home decor magazine, and you’ll see a master bathroom with a soaker or shower as the showpiece. Ta-da!

Homeowners, it turns out, are splurging to scrub up, according to the recently released U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. Ninety-one percent of homeowners in the study added a spacious shower to their master bathroom (after tearing out the tub), and many added on deluxe features, like a body sprayer or rainfall showerhead, for an improved, spa-like space.

The average cost for a large-scale remodel of a master bath (sized over 100 square feet) was $21,000, shows the study. Master bath renovations cost more in pricey markets, however. In San Francisco, Calif., for example, a major remodel averages $34,100.

Accompanying a luxury shower is a soothing gray and white color palette, according to the study. Nineteen percent of homeowners installed white countertops in the master bath, and 40 percent painted its walls white. Fourteen percent added gray cabinets, as well, to complete the tone-on-tone look. The majority of homeowners (90 percent) changed the overall style of the room, some to contemporary (25 percent), some to transitional (17 percent), and some, still, to modern (15 percent).

  • Statement showers; lose the tub : Showers are the top feature to splurge on during a master bathroom renovation (42% of renovating homeowners). Of those making master shower updates (81%), more than two-thirds increase its size. Many homeowners remove their master bathtub (27%) to make room for a larger shower (91%).
  • Aging in place drives spend: Homeowners 55 years old or older spend nearly twice as much as those under 35 on renovations of master bathrooms over 100 square feet ($22,800 vs. $12,500, respectively). Older homeowners are significantly more likely to integrate accessibility features, as three in five have no plans to move in the next 10 years.
  • Millenials crave more space: One quarter of homeowners opt to increase their master bathrooms. Many of those who are keeping the bathroom size as is find it too small for their needs (30%). Millennial homeowners (ages 25 to 34) are more likely to increase their master bathrooms than are other homeowners and are more likely to be unhappy about the size when not changing it.
  • San Fransiscians spend the most on remodels: Among the top 20 U.S. metro areas, homeowners in San Francisco spend the most on a master bathroom remodel, averaging $34,100 for a major remodel of a larger master bathroom (over 100 square feet), compared with $21,000 nationally. Overall, costs vary significantly by scope of remodel, size of master bathroom and regions.

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects, Tips, Advice & Links | 2 comments

Seller & Buyer Testimonial

A key point here is that the local neighborhood experts gave them no chance of selling for the price they wanted, even after making improvements.

It sold for full price, on the first day:

Many thanks to our clients for doing this!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Buyer Representation, Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects, Repairs/Improvements, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling?, Why You Should Hire Jim as your Buyer's Agent, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

Buying a Crack House

Hat tip to Eddie89 for finding this article on remodeling:

http://torontolife.com/real-estate/parkdale-reno-hell/

It was a crumbling Parkdale rooming house, populated by drug users and squatters and available on the cheap. We were cash-strapped, desperate to move and hemmed in by a hot market. Five years, three contractors and $1.1 million later, our home renovation nightmare is finally over.

We realize that our story could’ve ended up much differently. We’ve learned a harsh lesson: there’s no way to shortcut a reno; they cost a lot, period. If we had just listened to the advice of realtors, architects, designers, tradespeople and many friends, we would have avoided considerable stress and, well, $100,000 in debt. We were the victims of a shoddy contractor and bad luck, but also of our own colossal ignorance and hubris.

Anyone thinking of doing their own home renovations should read full story:

http://torontolife.com/real-estate/parkdale-reno-hell/

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects, Repairs/Improvements | 3 comments

Kayla’s Trendy Tuesday

What Do You Put Under That Staircase?

Hello again blog readers!

Sometimes a home can lack enough square footage. Home owners start turning attics into bedrooms, windows turn into bookshelves, and the space under the staircase can become anything you want!

Today my Trendy Tuesday is about that dead space underneath your staircase. It can be such an awkward place and many people don’t know what to put there but in reality, you can turn it into something grand! Here are some options:

1. Home Office

With a few vertical shelves and a chair, you have your very own home office!

2. Reading Nook

A lot of people like a cozy spot to curl up with a good book. Why not put it under the stairs with a few throw pillows?

3. Wine Storage

Love to entertain but can’t find a place to put all those wine bottles? Under the stairs would be a great place to show off your nicest bottles! Maybe even add a wet bar!

4. Mini Library

For all you bookworms, here’s a great place to store those great novels. Depending on how big the staircase is, you could probably squeeze a few hundred books!

Here are some great examples on our Pinterest Page!

https://www.pinterest.com/klingerealty/under-the-staircase/

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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in About Kayla, Ideas/Solutions, Remodel Projects, Tips, Advice & Links, Trendy Tuesday | 2 comments

Kayla’s Trendy Tuesday

Hello blog readers!

This is Kayla, Jim’s daughter, attempting my first blog post!

What are my interests? I absolutely LOVE interior design and learning about the upcoming trends for homes. Today, I’m going to share the new/current trends when it comes to redesigning a kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where parents make their kids a brown paper bag lunch for school. It’s also where you prepare your Thanksgiving meal. Who wouldn’t want their kitchen to look the part?! Below I included a link to our Pinterest page that gives you ideas for your new look!

Trend #1 – Matte black.

From appliances to faucets, matte black is very timeless and chic. “An object with a matte finish seems to strip away all other distractions such as surface sheen, forcing the form of the object to speak for itself,” says Bobby Berk.

Trend #2 – Cerused Wood.

What the heck is cerused? It means to treat wood with a white pigment to make the grain more noticeable. This actually goes back to the 1600s during Queen Elizabeth I when it was used as a cosmetic – but don’t use it for your skin now, it is extremely toxic! This look was very popular in high-end homes, but now it has become more universal.

Trend #3 – Subway Tiles.

Now, Jim isn’t particularly a fan of subway tiles but I LOVE them! It definitely gives you that “farmhouse” look. It is very affordable, which is probably the main reason why people use this as a backsplash rather than a whole slab of granite or quartz. There are different ways you could use the tiles – horizontal, herringbone, etc! I saw a home in Carlsbad that had subway tiles with dark grout, which is less likely to show dirt aka less cleaning!

Trend #4 – Quartz Counters.

The price of granite slabs and other natural stone have come down enough that going with quartz counters doesn’t save you a ton, but it does give you a high-grade look and is virtually indestructible.  The extending of the counter down the side of a cabinet – know as a waterfall – completes the upscale appearance at a reasonable cost!

Here is a link to examples of each:

https://www.pinterest.com/klingerealty/2017-kitchen-trends/

I’ve also heard from a reliable source that the monochromatic white/gray look will be on its way out over the next couple of years.  Guess what will be coming back?  Earth tones!

Hope to see you back next week for #trendytuesday!

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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in About Kayla, Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects, Trendy Tuesday | 13 comments