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Category Archive: ‘Remodel Projects’

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

Local Flipper Business

Here’s a video tour of Tom’s latest project, and discussion about his business.  The master suite in back was two bedrooms that he combined, and re-configured to create a large walk-in closet and right-sized master bath.

Note how he hit all the hot buttons: curb appeal, canyon lot, cantina doors, white kitchen with marble-like counters and high ceiling, great room, and quality master suite.

This will be for sale this weekend around $750,000:

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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Real Estate Investing, Remodel Projects | 2 comments

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles

Hat tip to daytrip for sending in this article announcing that Tesla is taking orders for their new solar roofing product:

https://www.tesla.com/solarroof

With the solar roof tiles covering the entire house, they will be pitching it as a money-making solar plant.  But $87,500 is double the cost of today’s panel systems – or more!  Nice warranty though:

Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. That’s why we offer the best warranty in the industry – the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects, Vendors | 9 comments

Do-It-Yourself YouTubes


https://www.realestateconsulting.com/youtube-plus-demographic-shifts-giving-rise-to-diy-surge/

The home-improvement videos on YouTube are causing more people to do their own repairs around the house – great! Personally, I like to stick to the minor fixes – let the pros help you with anything major.

(link to my recommended vendors).

Lowe’s is the most subscribed retailer on YouTube – this drywall repair video has over 668,000 views!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Remodel Projects, Repairs/Improvements | 2 comments