Here is Tom T’s youtube tour of his next project, where he describes his plans for this mid-century modern in Bay Park. Visit tomtarrant.com for more details:
Tom’s Mid-Century Modern
by Jim the Realtor | Dec 31, 2011 | Remodel Projects, Tom Tarrant | 23 comments
Hopefully Tom can include some of these features, from the Jetsons:
good luck! I love that project, having just completed a remodel of my own mid-century style home. look at hakatai.com for low cost glass tile that has a vintage appearance if you’re interested for the baths. It was half the price or less than other sources I found.
Hey lgs, thank you very much for the help!
60K? No way.
Try about 85-90. Thats with Home Depot fixtures/cabs, no custom.
@Downturn… hmmmmmm. weird. For 90k I do a full gut rehab, all new mechanicals and room addition. That’s also custom millworks, not Home Depot off the shelf cabinets. Im planning on an Ikea kitchen or maybe this new company UltraCraft for this project, also full overlay thermofoil euro style. Maybe you have me mixed up with the guy who hires everything out and pays a GC:) Happy New Year!
I’m keeping you current on the East Coast. Happy New Year Jim.
Tom – this is simply amazing. Your vision is wonderful and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
I’ll tell you a story about Tom regarding the last house – 27th St. which by most accounts here was a sketchy area (to put it mildly).
After his incredible remodel, especially the add of the master suite on first floor, we knew that it wasn’t going to be a first-time buyer, but someone who was sophisticated enough to appreciate the work – which was who ended up buying it, an older attorney.
But it didn’t have a garage.
I made my case – those types of buyers have nice cars, and they aren’t going to park them in the street. Can’t you knock out a cheap garage….you already have the driveway poured?
“It’s not in the budget”.
He sounds like an easy-going friendly kind of guy, which he is. But this is business, and he is very precise on the numbers.
It IS amazing what you can accomplish for 60K! I was hoping you’d do more with the master, but you are on a budget. 😉
I’m sure the remodel will be fabulous, as are your others. I have a comment and questions regarding the laundry room. I lived in two downtown condos for a total of 10 years – both with a stacked washer/dryer in a laundry closet, which I found to be very satisfactory, and I actually prefer that configuration. The only thing missing was a laundry sink. It is so handy for things other than laundry – crafts and project cleanup, defrosting the turkey, washing the dog etc.
Tom: Since you have more than a closet and there appears to be room for it, have you considered a stacked unit with an adjacent sink?
Jim: Do you think buyers would willing to use a stacked unit in exchange for getting a sink?
I think you are correct-I would love to have a sink in my laundry room- I soak in my kitchen, carry the bucket to the laundry room.
Tom, stack washer & dryers are great-I’v had mine at my primary homw for 15 years, love em- In our second home when my side by side needs replaceing I’m going stacked & I’ll have sink put in.
Those are great points indeed. One issue is that the price of new stacked units is a little higher than basic side by side. Sometimes buyers already have units and bring them from the previous house, its a tough call.
Personally, we just bought side by side top of the line Maytags this year. My wife did a lot of research and we aren’t convinced the the mold problem from sitting water in the front loader washer has been solved. Even on the top of the line front loader they recommend cleaning it ever so often, who needs one more thing to clean that’s suppose to be there for helping you clean?
I couldn’t put one of those cheapo plastic utility sinks in there either, so you are looking at a vanity, nice top, sink and faucet. It adds up quick. Its really always a tightrope walk to do these things. This house is really not in bad shape and the question becomes really not what it will take to do the rehab but what do I want to spend.
The youngest sibling of 11 kids that all grew up in the house contacted me this week. She said that the laundry room you saw was actually her bedroom!!! That’s why the connections are capped off and I saw they had been using the garage connections. Great story. Shes so excited to see us stoked on the project however really sad to see the Pepper tree have to go. Her dad planted that tree and her mom who just passed was so attached to it they used some clippings at her service. Every house has deep stories and I feel good karma here with this great home.
There is a perception that stacked = smaller, apartment-grade units, and, as a result, I think buyers mentally prefer the side by side.
A laundry sink is highly desired though.
In my mind, the size of the master is a bigger problem.
A happy and prosperous new year to you Mr Kline and to all the blog readers!
Sorry Klinge, Bloody keyboard 😀
My suggestion is rough-in the connections for laundry sink, in case the buyers want to add one later.
My house has a nice laundry sink, but the laundry room is upstairs. I really wish the builder had roughed-in the plumbing for a utility sink the garage. There’s no drain at all in my garage, so it will be quite a project for me to add a sink.
“Personally, we just bought side by side top of the line Maytags this year. My wife did a lot of research and we aren’t convinced the the mold problem from sitting water in the front loader washer has been solved.” – Tom
My eyes popped when I read this! Maytag still has a problem with this? Tom, my late husband and I built a home in Oregon back in 1999, and I chose the (infamous) Maytag Neptune (front-loading) washer & dryer set. We had a mold problem (standing water) from the very beginning. The Maytag guy came & repaired it, and I still have the unit today. Ironically, I’ve had no other repairs in over 12 years. I do find the wash cycle ridiculously long, but usually put it on “light” and the clothes still come out clean. I can only imagine what a set costs now, as they’re weren’t cheap back then!
Yes, there was a massive class action suit. (My 2 cents is that Maytag came out w/ it too quick–due to competition w/ Kenmore at the time) and didn’t do their homework on front-loading). The lawyers made millions; customers (like me) got a $100.00 coupon toward a new Maytag washer! Yeah, wasn’t impressed w/ that settlement.
I have a laundry sink in my new home (See Jim’s video from 1/17 last year to see it). Contrary to my initial thoughts, I’ve used it consistently and think it’s an awesome addition to the laundry room.
Good luck w/ the newest project, Tom. Can’t wait to see your gorgeous craftsmanship…
In my mind, the size of the master is a bigger problem.
My thoughts exactly. Indulge me for a moment:
1) Sacrifice the 3rd bedroom; use part of it for a new inside laundry (with sink) and the rest to make space for a walk-in closet / larger bedroom.
2) Extend the master bath back through the old inside laundry.
3) Put an aluminum sliding glass door on the back wall of the bedroom.
Now, THAT’s a place I could easily see myself moving into (were I in SD).
Jim, how would a 3+2 with a luxury master compare to a 4+2 without?
Nice house. How large is the lot?
All I can say is… I cannot wait to see the finished product!
Happy New Year Jim and everyone!
I hate giving up a bedroom, but this house isn’t big enough for today’s family of 3+ kids anyway, so it’s worth considering a re-do.
A three-bedroom would target singles and couples, and maybe 1 kid because you need an office/guest room.
But they’d also be working folks who are gone during the day, because what wasn’t in Tom’s video was the Catholic elementary school that’s behind the house.
I think the perfect master suite + interior laundry room with sink 😉 would clinch top dollar. I’m not so sure about the existing layout.
You guys have great ideas. I love hearing the discussion because as I mentioned to Jim sometimes I go on autopilot and don’t see all angles.
This house is a little different from my past projects where I had the ability and (BUDGET) to basically gut the whole house and move any wall around I wanted to create what I felt was the most resourceful use of the space.
This is a business for us, and at the end of the day my finished product will be really cool compared to anything else in the neighborhood that’s been partially updated and has a homeowner living in it. A fresh and complete rehab will always sell faster because every surface is new and you are not buying someone elses germs, dirty toilet or funky oven. On this project I have to improve for neighborhood standards because a complete reconfiguration would push my sales price out of range.
I really appreciate all the ideas, thanks for helping me!
$60k with you doing the labor….how much would that remodel cost if you were paying someone else to do it? Just trying to figure out the labor costs.