Real Estate Renovations

Posts Tagged ‘Space’

Making a Statement

In Design Options, Living Room, real estate on April 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

This picture makes me tilt my head like a little puppy.  On the one hand I really cannot see myself living here. But on the other hand, if I look at the individual elements, I find that I really like most if not all of the pieces in the space.

I stopped at the picture initially because I am searching for a signature piece for the space.  We are blowing out all the walls on the first floor  so I am losing a great deal of wall space for hanging things.  I love art and really want a piece somewhere on that floor.  I think the wall hanging here is very cool!

Perhaps it’s just the coloring of the space that I’m not a fan of. The side chairs are great. And I do like the mix of textures, though the hubs can only venture so far mixing and matching in a room (though he can work wonders with ties and shirts…)

Ultimately, I think we are going for something a little less fussy and a little more streamline. Decor is tough with so many options to sway your attention.  Lots of stuff looks great…for a minute.  I guess I have to give lots of stuff their 15 minutes before we actually finalize and install.

Vicky Johnson / Pinterest.

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Calling Bob The Builder…

In Design Options, real estate on April 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

What I have found seems to really be the key to this process is taking the time to really think about what you want to have done. Think as well, about how much money you really want to and can comfortably afford for the project.

(Prepare yourself to be wildly disillusioned at what things cost!)

We mulled over a number of ideas on what might be the best renovation option for both our way of living as well as the best use of the available space we currently had to use.

We looked at how we used spaces and in some cases IF we used spaces.  The dining room became a particular point of conversation when we realized that in actuality our formal dining room was a glorified mail slot and its main function was to hold the daily mail. We only used it to eat one or twice EVERY FEW YEARS.  So yes, it was a nice space to have, but it did not give use the best use of space in our home.

We narrowed it down to the following possibilities:

  • Add a two-story addition off the back of the house.
  • Convert the existing attic into a Master suite
  • Wild out on the Basement adding another bathroom and massive family room.

Our next step was to actually have a few discussions with some professionals. We opted to meet with a general contractor, an architect and a design/build firm. This proved very helpful as we talked through our lifestyle and our ideas for a renovation.  We were offered pros and cons on our various options and given a few options we had not considered.

In the end after speaking with representatives from each discipline, we chose to use a design/build firm.  For us it turned, the ability to have all the work under one roof seemed the best option for us. The firm we ultimately chose had a strong  reputation, not only in the building/construction industry but in the lending and finance industry as well. It spoke volumes to us that they were a firm with a proven history  of working with these loans and having them conclude successfully. As the blog progresses, I will release the names of the professionals we considered and those we ultimately used.

In the end, we decided to erect a cantilever second story (only) addition to contain a Master Bedroom/Bathroom Suite and to blow out the first floor into a completely open concept space.

Also on the list of renovations:

  • New Windows
  • New Roof and Gutters
  • New exterior doors
  • New shutters
  • New Screened in side porch
  • New Deck to span the rear of the house under the addition.
  • Renovate our existing laundry room
  • Convert an existing bedroom into a Master Closet
  • Remove impeding trees
  • Enlarge and renovate Kitchen to add new island and floor plan.

Seems like a great list.  But before I get too far ahead of myself… There’s a lot that went into the process and lot of give and take just to get where we are today… And we haven’t even broken ground yet.