MAKEREADY BEFORE & AFTERS

The pictures tell the story. The house was under contract the same day it listed…

AFTER:

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BEFORE:

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SMALL CHANGES; BIG IMPACT

Here are some more great design touches from the brilliant mind of Ginger Maney of Home Designed Interiors. We work with designers all the time to bring their creations to life.

No TV playing king in this living room anymore!

Here we updated a plain fireplace, with a boring tv standing on it, into an eye pleasing hearth and a rotating TV, with artwork behind it!

What a difference a simple barn door can make!

Here we opened up this wall and turned it into a mini bar! Behind this wall used to exist a lonely closet that was converted into a much smaller linen closet.  Why waste that space!?

LIGHT & BRIGHT REFRESH

A refreshing update can go a long way.  We kept most of the bones intact here, no need to go to the studs if we don’t have to.

Out with the old yellow and dull in with the new clean light layout!

As you can see here, new doors and drawer fronts, new flooring, new countertops and backsplash, updated lighting and a fresh coat of paint make all the difference.

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Layout was already great, but shortening the built-in eating bar and installing a new sliding glass patio door really opened it up to the outdoors where this family spends alot of time.

 

Unfortunately, we cannot take the credit for the design of this one. Mad props go to Designer Ginger Maney of Home Designed Interiors for the stunning selections that transformed this kitchen.

HIDDEN SURPRISES

When it comes to rebuilding peoples homes, always expect the unexpected. Contractors (even the best ones like us!) don’t have x-ray vision. In this case, when we stripped the walls down to studs, we found our clients were not the only inhabitants of this house…They had termites. Yes, termites, the bane of any project’s timeline. In this case the best we could do was to inform the client what their options were and that yes, this definitely will push back the timetable. Disappointment overshadows any news like this no matter the delivery, and it was our job to keep everyone focused on the endgame. To the client: This will still be an amazing bathroom!, to the subcontractors: Sorry, but we have to reschedule everything!, and lastly, to ourselves: Stop beating yourself up, there was no way to know!

Continuing on, we realigned our team with the new timetable, and got the client excited again about the finished results. When it was all said and done, the nightmare termites were a distant memory, fading against the shores of this beautiful new bathroom.

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Check out this custom Walnut cabinetry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLOR 101

Much of this space was designed around the client’s art and love of color…

With a blank canvas and a tight budget we got creative and did our research. We found some amazing Craigslist and garage sale finds, and shopped smart, hitting up all the bargain retail stores. It doesn’t matter how much you spend or don’t spend on a piece; Its worth is determined by the client’s love of the space and the value it adds to the overall design feel.

 

 

 

BACK TO LIFE

Enduring grueling circumstances. Overcoming a devastating mold infestation, insurance battles, and city permitting delays. How having the right project manager can help you stay calm and get thru it all. Bringing the heart of this home back to life…

Before…

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We knew it was trouble walking into it, and we were upfront with the client about the probable delays.  Rather than selling a dream we chose to sell the reality. The painstaking, time taking, kitchen making reality, that yes this will be a can of worms, however…It can be done, and we can do it, and it will look absolutely amazing.  Like any child born, the labor is soon forgotten in the after bliss. In this case, sure it’s nothing so perfect as a wonderful baby, but to us, it was pretty darn close! By the time we snapped these after pictures we had forgotten about the mold inspectors, and the permit delays. All that was left was a promise fulfilled. A kitchen the client could be proud of. 

and after…

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RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS

Happiness is a beautiful, functional kitchen with organized space for everything.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING

Here is just a quick rant about the importance of planning your project to the nth degree before you start tearing down walls…

I can’t tell you how many projects I have been called in on to “fix” after they have already started and gotten out of order. I always like to have my proverbial ‘ducks’ in a row before I pull the trigger and invade someone’s personal space. Nobody wants their project to linger longer than it has to, especially with the Hollywood promise of overnight whole house remodels, and starting before you are prepared is a sure fire way of dragging things out.

One of the many ways I help my clients and designers prepare is to create scale renderings of the rooms we are going to recreate. This allows me to ask the right questions and address every part of the space. Renderings are also very handy for furniture, artwork, and decor placement planning. Most people can better grasp a design concept if it is laid out in picture form and, occasionally, an elevation detailing cabinetry or spacial relations of the wall components is needed to not only conceptualize, but to plan for the best flow of the architectural and design elements of the project.

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I also encourage my clients to delay the desire to start ‘tomorrow’ for the wisdom of planning ahead. If all the materials are ordered and already on site before the project begins it is less likely that there will be any delays because of missing product. As a project manager, ample preparation makes my job much easier when it comes to coordinating multiple contractors and scheduling to avoid overlaps (and upset workers).

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Designed by Sharon Miller of Calming Spaces Interiors

Bottom line, I strive to give my clients a realistic representation of not only the cost and length of a project, but also the amount of time that is required for the adequate preparation, planning and scheduling that keeps everyone happy and excited about the finish line ahead.

 

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NOW THAT’S A MASTER BATH!

Just finished up this master bath transformation. Check out the before and afters:

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This one has all the bells and whistles including heated floors and 10′ of linear drains along the far wall. I had a lot of fun collaborating with these clients and coming up with a design and layout that worked for their busy lifestyle. Planning was key to making it all come together. We created detailed drawings of the overall layout, custom cabinetry, and even the plan for the heated floor system.

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Adding the finishing touches is my favorite part. I love when it all comes together this well. Thanks to my clients for letting me ‘play’ in their master bathroom. Hope you guys enjoy this relaxing space for years to come!

 

FABULOUS KITCHEN COLABORATION

Here is a beautiful kitchen update that I had the pleasure of working on with the one and only Ginger Maney of Home Designed Interiors. She is an amazing designer and a joy to be around; always bringing a smile to the faces of those around her. I think her clients will agree that this remodel was much needed and has made this space more functional and delightful!

Before & After:

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