This remodel project was a quick one, designed to jump-start the sale of a home that had been on the market for awhile.
It had just been taken off the market for some repair work that needed to be done when I got involved. The homeowners had decided to move ahead with some updates that would make a big impact on the overall look and appeal of the property.
I was called in to make selections and advise where to put the money, so take a look below and see what we did.
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Paint always plays a big part of remodeling to sell
The first thing you think of when updating or getting a house ready to sell is paint, and that’s what we thought of first as well.
The cabinets were dated looking and dark, the walls were a slightly pinkish/mauve color, and some of the ceilings were an even darker version of that color. We needed to lighten and brighten things up fast.
Here’s the BEFORE pic.
Paint Choice Direction
We identified the trim color that was throughout the house and used that for cabinetry, ceilings, and walls so that the whole envelope felt more spacious and open.
That way we didn’t have to repaint all the mouldings and doors or change out light switches, electrical outlets, etc. If we had gone bright white, those almond switch and outlet plates would have looked off.
I also didn’t want the mouldings to stand out as a feature in this house.
This house seemed like it had more of a Florida feel to me, with the tile floors, a clay tile roof, the big windows, and very plain, simple mouldings. I preferred to keep the envelope all one color and less chopped up, so I chose not to create contrast there.
I also wanted the house to feel like a blank slate for a new homeowner, without a dominant color coming to the forefront. Color is very important when a house is empty of furniture, because you can’t see it in context with anything else.
With this property, I wanted the focus to be on the wide open feel of the home, the outdoor area and view, and then, in the kitchen, on the countertops.
New finishes were selected to work with some existing finishes
We worked with the existing tile floors, as replacing them all would have been a big investment.
Finding a countertop material that would be lighter, more neutral and up to date AND work with the travertine look tile was a bit challenging. Most lighter countertop materials looked too white or too warm toned.
They just looked forced and kinda “meh”.
I found this Platinum quartzite at Arizona Tile and it tied in a nice, cool overall gray color with some veining that had the color of the tile. It was the perfect solution here and became the place for our biggest investment.
Quartzite is a great natural material for countertops, it is harder and denser than marble or granite and doesn’t have the spotty look that most granites do.
We didn’t want to go back in here with spotty granite!
I then selected the backsplash tile and the island/mock hood paint color to blend with the countertop to add a slight contrast and coolness to the space.
That long run of upper cabinetry bugged me, I just longed to see some kind of break in that crown all the way across. There is a pop up downdraft here, so no need for a real vent hood above the cooktop.
I had the contractor cut the trim and build a new deeper box with some trim and added the decorative wall sconce to bring some interest to that elevation.
The herringbone pattern with the subway tile also helps bring some height and verticality to that elevation.
Remodeling the island into a more streamlined shape
I also had to do something about the island. If you’ve read my blog at all, you know its shape would be a sore spot for me.
This kind of convoluted angled island really dated the kitchen and made no sense. It was distracting and the brackets and details emphasized its age.
We kept some of the existing cabinet boxes and then modified the bar area, straightening that out and getting rid of some of the clipped corners.
This kitchen is spacious and wide open, so we extended it out a bit further.
We only had a few tiles left to patch in the floor, so the angled lower section on the left end stayed, but I cleaned that up some by rounding the new countertop to make for a less choppy look overall.
You can see, below, how the island was modified.
Another big item we changed was the dropped ceiling over the island.
I wanted it to go flat and have the two pendants above. No need to call attention to the shape of the island, which we were cleaning up anyway!
So, just to remind you and so you don’t have to scroll up again to see the “Before” pic……..
Family Room Entertainment Center Built In Update
I wanted to update the cabinetry in the family room, by designing it for a large flat screen tv. The previous look telegraphed the age of the property, being built for a box style tv to slide in to the built-in.
We built the lower cabinet, added wood panels to all the doors, and built a false back on the big central open space, so the cavity wouldn’t feel so deep.
Updating the light fixtures helped lighten the overall look
Of course, that heavy Tuscan look lighting needed do be updated as well. We did some lighter looking fixtures that didn’t break the bank.
This project was fun because I kind of like going in with limited homeowner input (except for the money, of course :-), so I can make the major decisions quickly.
It was also nice to have an empty house for the contracting, so homeowners aren’t disrupted and trades can come and go freely.
Contract is pending!!
The good news is that this house already has a contract pending after it was put back on the market in less than 2 weeks! :-)
Update - This house is sold! 12/6/18 The contract went through and this home has a new homeowner now!
Contractor for this remodel was Tony Knepper of Knepper Enterprises
Real estate agent was Rianne Sanchez.
I’ve got a few more of the after pics, below.
Oh, and feel free to do some pinning to Pinterest. :-)
Shop the lighting and plumbing below.