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A Mudroom Makeover!

I know the kitchen is the most important room in the house but the mudroom and laundry room get so much traffic and use that most people don’t want them to be dingy.

Renovating these rooms may not be on the top of a homeowner’s list but I have to say that it can not only make you happy as a homeowner but make a potential buyer do a little happy dance!

I have been working with these homeowner’s for quite a while, first assisting them with the sale of their home and then room by room in renovating their dream home. You can check out a previous blog post to see the first phases in “A Dream Home in the Country Comes True”.

This next phase may not have felt as glamorous but let me say that it turned out that way. I am going to share the before and after photos of the mudroom and then you will need to wait until my next post to see the laundry room. But, I will say ‘Hold On To Your Hats Folks!’

This mudroom was not only dated but extremely small. It was tight quarters and dark, not to mention containing some very outdated wallpaper. With four doors coming into this mudroom it also saw a lot of traffic.

 

 

 

 

The first phase was to rip out the existing closet that had doors banging into each other. You may wonder why you would ever want to lose a closet but in this instance the garage right outside will be holding locker systems so no storage was harmed in the transforming of this room. Well…it was harmed but not lost. LOL

 

 

 

Once the closet was removed a larger French door to the outside deck and gazebo area was added which really opened up the space and brought some much needed light. Then the pretty stuff started. Shiplap walls and ceiling painted white, luxury vinyl tile with a wood plank look put on the floors, and barn doors built by the homeowner. I’m going to add that he forged his own barn door hardware but DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. 🙂

Okay I can’t wait any longer…..here is the big reveal!!! Yes it is the same room…..the photos are in order and same angle as the before photos above. Yes it is the same room, or did I mention that already?

 

 

 

I just happened upon the steel bench when I was looking for accessories for the space and it worked perfectly with the mirror they had already found.

A couple cool metal signs and a some throw pillows in a vintage style fabric and it’s done. It probably didn’t seem quite that quick to the homeowners doing almost all the work themselves but it seemed pretty quick and flawless to me.

 

 

 

Although this remodel and update was done to enjoy…..which one do you think will bring more money and a faster sale when they go to sell? Take a look at some of the spaces in your home and determine if perhaps it makes sense to do some improvements now to enjoy yourself and then reap the rewards come selling time.

If you need assistance in making decision on which rooms to renovate or making selections for the best return on your investment, always call a professional Home Stager that also does Design work.

You won’t want to miss the next post when you see the reveal of the laundry room. You caught a little glimpse of it in these photos but just wait……..

Firecrackers! A Great Superbowl Treat!

When I was in Florida over the holidays I went to a cocktail party and someone had brought firecrackers. Not the burst in the sky kind and not the party favor kind that you pull and a prize pops out.

These firecrackers are a snack made with saltine crackers and are also known as Alabama Firecrackers. I had never heard of them and I love trying new things. 

I was warned to stay away from the plate of firecrackers unless I liked spicy food. Well I love spicy food so I was all in.

The thing is, I didn’t think they were that hot. My husband doesn’t like real spicy food and he was okay with them in small doses. I on the other hand could have emptied the entire plate but people were watching.

They are easy to make and are perfect anytime of the year but they would make a great snack for Super Bowl parties. (Come on Vikings…..you gotta get there this year!!)

 

FIRECRACKER RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 lb Saltine Crackers (I only used 3 sleeves of the crackers instead of all 4)

1 cup Vegetable Oil (I used Olive Oil)

1 (1 oz) pkg dry Ranch Dressing Mix

1/4 cup Red Pepper Flakes

2 tbsp. Garlic Powder

3 tbsp. grated Parmesan Cheese

 

Here’s what you do:

1. Place crackers on a cookie sheet in single layer.

2. Blend the oil and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Brush the mixture over the Saltines until the crackers are coated.

4. Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.

5. Remove from oven and place the crackers on paper towels to cool.

5. Cool completely, then place in air tight container for storage.

 

 

Let’s just say. I have eaten these for breakfast, lunch, mid-day snack, dinner and a bedtime snack. 🙂 ENJOY!

 

 

Top Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Part 1 of 4

Top Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Home Staging and Redesign MN

As my last two blog posts mentioned, there are many Home Improvement that can actually be bad and decrease the value of your home. So now lets take a look at those that DO increase the value. 

Here are 20 Top Home Improvements to consider. These are not necessarily improvements to make JUST to sell your home. You need to look at many factors such as how long you will be in your house, your neighborhood, etc. “Be Careful With Those Home Improvements” gives you a few to consider.

Drum roll please….in reverse order…..

#20   Home Office Remodel – A large percentage of the population works at home full time or at least spends off hours doing work at home to catch up. Home Office Space is valuable square footage.

If at all possible it shouldn’t be part of another room and it definitely shouldn’t feel like a dungeon to be in it.

#19   Add a Sun Room – Everyone loves a sun room. A place to read, have quiet time, enjoy a cup of coffee, and unwind with family and friends. It is the most important room in my home and one that everyone gravitates to when they come to visit.

Porch 3

 

#18   Create or Renovate a Master Suite – Next to the kitchen, the master bedroom with adjoining bath is the most important area of the house. Adults want a place to escape at the end of the day.

 Think the best five star boutique hotel you have every been in. Aaaahhh. Tranquil, calming and peaceful. This area of the house is always a draw for buyers.

 

Tranquil master bedroom

 

   

#17    Renovate or Add a Family Room – It is where all families spend the majority of their time. Make it warm, inviting and cozy. If your family room still has dark paneling from the 1950s it is time for a renovation. Paint can make a huge change!  

 

Family Room

 

16   New Roof – Maintenance on a home is key and the roof is the best place to start. It is going to be looked at, inspected and can cause many problems if it is in disrepair.

 

Home Improvements can increase the value of your home no doubt.  But always be careful!! Check out my last two post:

BE CAREFUL WITH THOSE HOME IMPROVEMENTS!

HOME IMPROVEMENT MYTHS

Stayed Tuned for Part 2 to see #15 – #11 of the Top Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home!