someone loved a lot of stonework...

One thing we’ve learned working with our clients, is that they sometimes have difficulty picturing the finished product. 

 We use a 3D software program called Chief Architect and give our clients the plans on a USB flash drive to take home.  They can wander around the house in 3D and, even though they can’t change anything they see on the screen right then and there, they can take notes for their next meeting with Rick.  That allows them to see how the kitchen relates to the family room and the entry to the living room and so forth.

so pretty afterwards, eh? http://www.uglyhousephotos.com

 

I’ve discovered that when people are looking for a house, they sometimes need help seeing past the ugliness or mess to what the house could look like with a little elbow grease and love or even a remodel. 

When you are looking to buy a home you are going to walk through some that haven’t been spruced up by the seller for a better sale price, homes with a lot of deferred maintenance, maybe the seller is angry at losing his home and took it out on the house.  Or, maybe the owners are just pigs.

 So, here are some pictures of Before and After to show you what is possible so you can see past the eyesore to what can be.

Historic'ish house before

 

Lovely...

Sometimes the bones of a house are good and you only need to update cosmetically:  cabinets, tile, appliances and such.  Sometimes the poor thing needs a major reworking of floorplan, especially when the unenlightened do their own additions.  We’ve seen rabbit warrens, with strange hallways going off in odd directions, even access to a bedroom only through another one.  Substandard sized bathrooms (you can sit on the potty and brush your teeth at the same time). 

 Whatever the reason, here are some pictures to help you get your creative juices flowing.

kitchen before...

kitchen after...

For more inspiration, check out these links:

 Here is a great little web book by one of our clients, Scott Schnaars about his experience redoing his house:   

http://www.scribd.com/doc/11067488/Building-Castles

Schnaars house before...

Schnaars house after...

Fireplace with crummy sunroom on the other side...before...

ooh, aah, after...

 

before...they want to add a second story...

after...2nd story doesn't overpower the house

sad and neglected, before...

beautiful house, inside and out...after...

dingy interior...before...

such pretty wood...after...

 The following link is for those of you who need to feel more warm and fuzzy about your own house…be glad you don’t live in one of these! 

http://www.wpix.com/health/sns-viral-odd-house-pg,0,6122511.photogallery

 If you can’t afford (or simply don’t want to) to redo your house just yet but need ideas on how-to crafts for making your space more attractive – on a budget, take a gander at this very creative blogger’s site:  http://www.centsationalgirl.com   She calls it Diamond Style on a Dime.  I like that!

 The site below will definitely get you thinking outside of the box.  It’s for people with money but no space.  How to get the most use out of your tiny house, when you like tiny, don’t want to make it bigger and aren’t gonna move anytime soon.

http://www.livinginsmallhouses.com/furniture-for-small-spaces.html

 I love Real Simple magazine.  And I love their website.  They have so many great ideas, from how-to’s to new uses for old things.  Wander around it and you’ll be impressed, too, with their inspiring pictures.  http://browse.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-improvement/index.html 

 And if you want to be Martha Stewart, this site is for you:  http://www.marthastewart.com/home-decorating  I’m always fascinated by her projects.  It’s a deep seated insecurity, I suppose.  I’m not good at cooking and have little of the required attention span for sewing.  But she (and her army of assistants make it look so easy).

A couple more before/after shots…

fireplace, before...

aaannnd after...

frownie face...

happy face!

Naturally, we’ve still loads of work to do – we got about 80% of it done before we got tuckered out.  Ah, well, with a historic house like this, there’s always work to be done 😉

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