People don’t think twice about buying a portable spa, so these guys took it one step further – hat tip elbarcosr:
Category Archive: ‘Remodel Projects’
We’re lighting up the internet – it’s good to have a positive first impression!
Here’s how the shower door turned out:
Come by 12-3pm this weekend!
Tom Tarrant has done some incredible remodels over the years – here is a visual collection of a few of his projects:
Here’s the video tour of his Bay Park remodel:
Do you have those high ceilings over the living area, and wonder about turning it into usable space? We’ve done three of them over the years, and I got the camera rolling for this one:
Sellers need to do more updating and improving to get their home sold these days, but you don’t want to go crazy. Here are a few quick ideas from Bob Vila:
10 Kitchen Updates You Can Do in a Day
You don’t have to live with your ugly cabinets one minute longer!
There are plenty of ways to give them a quick refresh without having to purchase replacements. Make a large-scale change by painting your units a bright color, or go for a mix-and-match effect by applying a few coats only to the top cabinets. Consider removing a door or two to create trendy open shelving, or use chalkboard paint on the doors or expanses of wall for a dose of cottage charm.Link to Full Article
Homes in original condition would benefit, but you can’t finance these:
Home shoppers usually want to see a property at its best. This means that sellers truck in staged furniture, slap on fresh paint, and repair potential problems for buyers.
“When you walk into a beautifully designed and furnished unit, people can much more easily place themselves in this atmosphere,” says Jade Mills, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker in Beverly Hills.
However, there’s an entirely different alternative that home sellers are trying. It’s called “white-boxing”. Home sellers—especially those in luxury markets with high-end properties that are in great locations—are ripping out everything in a home before showing the property.
As counterproductive as this may sound, white-boxing lets prospective home buyers start from scratch. It allows them to focus on potential and maybe even the views outside the residence, rather than what’s inside the home, which may not suit their tastes.
“White-boxing” is the exact opposite of staging a home to enhance its appeal. Instead of using furniture and accessories to sell the space, it presents a blank canvas, without the aesthetic choices in place, and allows the buyer to dream up layouts and floor design.
White-boxing is most relevant in luxury markets like New York City and Los Angeles, where breathtaking views and a desirable location are common selling points of a house, Mills says.
“As recently as a few years ago, it would be relatively rare for a seller to go to market with unfinished luxury space, but now, there’s increasing recognition that ‘designer-ready’ is exceedingly more attractive than ‘move-in ready’ to the ultrawealthy,” Josh Greer of Hilton & Hyland told CNBC.
Do you have an awkward space around the kitchen and dining area?
Here’s a crafty solution – tie the sink/prep/dining/bar areas together to create a long-modern-kitchen-island-bar-dining-table-countertop!
There has to be a lot of guesswork on these, so tread carefully. If you want the specific survey for San Diego, it can be found at Remodeling Magazine – they have declared it as too special to be re-produced on the internet. I’ll give an example – an upscale master suite addition would cost $285,000, but only return $150,000. Hat tip to JA for sending this in!CNBC article
As home prices and mortgage rates rise, more and more homeowners are choosing to stay put and remodel.
Yet, depending on the project, some of the returns are diminishing. Remodeling spending is expected to approach $340 billion in 2018, a 7.5 percent increase over last year, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.
“Steady gains in the broader economy, and in home sales and prices, are supporting growing demand for home improvements,” said Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “We expect the remodeling market will also get a boost this year from ongoing restoration efforts in many areas of the country impacted by last year’s record-setting natural disasters.”
More homeowners may be remodeling, but those who do high-end projects are seeing less value in those remodels — that is, the expensive upgrades and additions are paying back less in the resale value of homes, according to an annual cost versus value report from Remodeling magazine.
“It’s not clear if this is a sign of nervousness among real estate pros in the face of a booming housing market or if nationwide affordability concerns are leading pros to question the value of renovations that would make a house even more expensive at resale – particularly with the new tax law regarding the deductibility of mortgage interest and state, local and property taxes,” Craig Webb, editor in chief of Remodeling, wrote in a release.