Category Archives: Design Tips

People Want More Green!

Although green money may also be what people want, I am talking about the green you find in nature. A study done by Ikea internationally found that people want more access to nature and predict homes will become lighter and greener.

We have seen the trend toward light and bright for a couple years now. The deep dark heavy colors throughout a home has gone by the wayside. People are renovating their homes and building homes with more and larger windows, paint colors are very light as is flooring.

Outdoor living spaces are key and you see many roof top terraces in condominium complexes as well as hotels and restaurants.

You don’t need to do a complete remodel to bring in earthy elements. A fresh coat of paint can lighten your home and greenery can bring the outside in.

 

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I am dating myself but I remember as a kid when homes were filled with greenery everywhere. And I mean everywhere! Walls, tops of kitchen cabinets, every nook and tabletop. And it was bad plastic greenery.

I don’t think we will get back to those days but greenery is definitely in vogue and the ‘fake’ plants look so real now it is sometimes hard to tell the difference. If you are updating to sell or stay…considering bringing in some updated greens, in a subtle way.

 

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Places like Ikea, Target, and Hobby Lobby have great greenery.

 

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Don’t overdue, less is more. But putting greens into your home is a good idea. Let us know if we can help in any way!

 

 

 

 

Making Your Home Office Homey

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home more and more if not full time. I have a feeling this trend is here to stay for a while so why not take the time to love the space you are in for so many hours!

Whether it is a designated room or just a nook you have carved out in the middle of another space, find a way to make it work for you both from an organizational standpoint but also an esthetic one.

 

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The desk is the most important piece. Does yours need to be narrow for traffic flow to get by? Do you need a lot of surface space or just enough for your laptop? Maybe one that you can close and tuck away at night?

 

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I am a big believer that although your chair needs to be comfy, there is no reason it cannot be fun! Think outside the box from your standard office chair. This is a great place to add your personality.

 

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Opening shelving via a ladder system or floating shelves keeps a space looking open and modern.

And don’t forget color! Even if it is a tucked away nook, adding color to the walls or artwork can make the hours in your office space a happier place to be. Again…note the fun chair. πŸ™‚

 

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If you need to start out the new year with a refresh toΒ  you home office, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help!

 

 

Finishing Your Lower Level To Sell Your Home – Part 1

This subject is close to my heart because I just went through the process. I also have many clients that wonder about finishing off a lower level or doing a major renovation when pondering an upcoming sale of their home.

Let me first state that it all depends on WHEN you are selling your home. You do not want to complete a lower level or do a major renovation and turn around and sell your home within a year. The chances of you getting your money back are low. There are exceptions to finishing small areas, updating kitchens and such but I am talking a full big renovation or finishing.

Personally we are looking at perhaps selling our home in about five years so we started wondering if it made sense to finish our lower level. This would add a 5th bedroom, a 4th bathroom and three distinct living areas. I did a lot of research and got a lot of bids.

We were starting with only cement floors and the exterior walls insulated. We needed to frame up the rooms, add HVAC, Electrical etc. And purge

 

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Here is what I did….I took on the task of being our own general contractor. I am not a licensed contractor, I became the ‘manager’ of all the trades involved. By doing this I saved more than 50% of the contractor bid prices. THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE AND I AM NOT SAYING CONTRACTORS AREN’T WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD. I just found myself with a lot of time on my hands during Covid and made use of it.

I got bids from all trades and made bargain purchases at outlet centers and big box stores.

So….let’s cut to the chase and show you some ‘after’ photos. I am going to start with the bedroom and bath. You have to wait for the next post to see the really cool stuff. πŸ™‚

 

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I made decisions based on the fact I was selling in five years and that it was a lower level. I did not tile the shower, I purchased a prefab vanity and top, the blinds are not special order and so on. I was strict on my finishing budget so that I love it now for my enjoyment, but also kept in mind the return on investment for sale purposes.

Check in for Part 2 to see the finished living areas and we will determine if I can get my money back in five years.