Usually before and after images elicit a positive reaction. This one may not. Located in Laurel Heights, (San Francisco) the art deco two-unit building pictured above underwent a major renovation a few years back. Here's what it looked like after the remodel:
Photo Images: Niche Interiors
Cococozy always has eye pleasing design morsels to share. Here, she gives us three very easy room makeovers done by Jennifer Jones, principal designer at Niche Interiors, a San Francisco based design firm. To achieve an updated look, you have to keep things simple and clutter free, and add a drop of style savvy. The before photo of this corner room
HGTV asked their experts and they have spoken. These, ladies and gentlemen, are the 25 Biggest Home Renovating Mistakes renovators make. From least biggest (?) to the biggest of the big, here they are:
25. Gutting Everything
24. Buying Cheap Materials
23. Excessive Use of Duct Tape
22. Inaccurate Measurements
Last week MWT brought home this cute little two-story house with a request that it be remodeled for entry into a 'parade of homes' contest sponsored by the company for which he works. There was no word as to whether prizes will be given out to the best remodel, but, seriously, did I care?! Of course not! It was a teeny house just ready for a makeover! Here's the outcome:
This 1957, 2,600 sf home, located in Utah, underwent a spectacular makeover by owner Tyler Gourley. Take a look and be amazed!
Photo Images: Kevin Oreck, Architect Inc.
It's all in the details. Yesterday CocoCozy, my west coast go-to blog, featured knock out photos by her buddy, L.A. architect Kevin Oreck in her Architect's Tour of a Hollywood Regency Home. Decked out cabinet door trim makes these cabinets supremely cool, the three simple white bowls with red fruit add a colorful splash of friction (other subtle red accents below) and that green upholstery on those Regency chairs...lovely!!
Photos by: Nick Steever
Monday morning jolt--get a load of this kitchen Before and After performed by Leah in her 1920's Philadelphia home. Look at this crisp kitchen makeover.
The victim of a very bad remodel, this turreted 1896 Victorian underwent a serious refurb, thanks to Dorian and Elaine Walker who were able to see past all the wrong choices of previous owners. The 'after' of the project speaks for itself.
Ten industrial sized Dumpsters were filled with the junk that filled Lisa and Todd's 1905 Portland bungalow. It had been inhabited by human and non-human squatters before the couple purchased the forlorn property. The before pictures pretty much sum up the condition of the home, but Lisa & Todd saw past it. They restored it to its former glory, including new hardwood floors, vintage light fixtures and subway tiles in the kitchen and bathroom...
Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I've ever undertaken. During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but......
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Michael Corleone, Godfather III
I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall. No, no, no!! I won't do it....
The price difference between replacing cabinetry and giving it a facelift can be in thousands, or even the tens of thousands.
- From the Kitchen Cabinetry Blog
- From This Old House
- Another from This Old House
- From Kitchen Refacing.Org
[Image from Marthamockford.co.uk]
The short version:
The short version:
Find the money to buy a depressed property in a great location, and then work your behind off.
The long version:
The long version:
In our case, we exercised a line a credit against the equity in our home to come up with the funds. That only provide for half of what we needed, so we found a guy with cash who was as crazy as we were with whom to partner. We hired a lawyer to draw up an LLC to protect us, financially.