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My 6 favorite things from my latest project completed & sold!
The new owners will truly have a one-of-a-kind Tudor with the addition of our custom-made fence.

The new owners will truly have a one-of-a-kind Tudor with the addition of our custom-made fence.

I am thrilled to report that we have finally sold our sweet, remodeled project in Laurelhurst. We reconfigured the house and brought it up to date with lots of new spaces and style. It's definitely turned into one of my favorites! Unfortunately, our timing coming onto the market wasn’t great and our window to negotiate with many interested buyers was small. But we stayed the course! Worth every penny for the new owners, my take away, keep the faith!

Take a look at these images of the house before we incorporated our amazing fixes.

Here are my six favorite things I did on this project that made this home more beautiful and functional!

1 – Brand New Outdoor Space

One of the most useful aspects of any home is when it flows easily to the outdoors, even in our rainy city of Seattle! A big shortcoming of this home was no deck or access off the main floor to the back of the house. So, the first thing we did was created a large outdoor entertaining size deck with beautiful French doors from the living room and dining room.

The views are stunning from this new deck

The views are stunning from this new deck

There’s even enough space to add a dining and lounging area.

There’s even enough space to add a dining and lounging area.

We made sure to add stairs to the yard below.

We made sure to add stairs to the yard below.

French doors to the deck provide beautiful light in the living area.

French doors to the deck provide beautiful light in the living area.

These doors are great for outdoor dining access.

These doors are great for outdoor dining access.

2 – Kitchen Backsplash & Open Shelving

Everyone knows I absolutely love white! I’ll do anything to make using this fresh, versatile color interesting. Setting the kitchen backsplash tiles in a hexagon pattern was just the ticket. And adding open shelving made it clean, classic, and perfect!

The backsplash is classic and clean.

The backsplash is classic and clean.

Open shelving for your favorite things.

Open shelving for your favorite things.

3 – Adding a Master Bathroom in Place of a Small, Limiting Bedroom

Adding a bathroom adds value to almost any home and getting creative is the key. This is always a good idea. For instance, in this home, I turned the closet into the coolest shower ever!

From tiny room to ensuite!

From tiny room to ensuite!

Can’t believe this used to be a closet!

Can’t believe this used to be a closet!

4 – Vaulted Ceilings

Remember that every room has five walls – definitely count the ceiling. A current trend is to incorporate interesting ceiling details. Take a peek at Pinterest. I am in the process of trying many of them in my home and on current projects. Because this homes ceilings felt low and limiting, we vaulted them to give each room more volume. It worked! They are so lovely and airy now.

This bedroom feels twice the size with the addition of vaulted ceilings.

This bedroom feels twice the size with the addition of vaulted ceilings.

The water views are even better with the added height.

The water views are even better with the added height.

Can you imagine how tiny this must have felt before we expanded?

Can you imagine how tiny this must have felt before we expanded?

5 – New Laundry Room with a Fabulous Floor

I always recommend adding personality to your home through your finish choices. I prefer adding them in little areas, so they don’t overwhelm a room.  Adding a small laundry room in the basement was the perfect way to add some pizazz. Although it may be small, it packs a big punch with its fun plaid cement floor tile!

Personality abounds in this sweet little space.

Personality abounds in this sweet little space.

I’m in love with this unique tile!

I’m in love with this unique tile!

6 – Pretty Front Decorative Fence

Curb appeal is always important to me! When flipping homes, once I’ve made sure the house has transitioned into a functional and pretty space, I always look into adding some decorative details that make it even better. This house sits on a lovely street in a wonderful neighborhood so, it deserved a beautiful front yard. I dreamed up this fence in an effort to make the front yard feel larger and more upscale. I think we hit a home run!

You couldn’t even see the house before we added this adorable white fence.

You couldn’t even see the house before we added this adorable white fence.

Happy to have another project done and happy to share more tips with you!

Happy to have another project done and happy to share more tips with you!

So, there you have it! There are so many things that I love about this property but, maybe the fact that it is SOLD is a good place to end! My real estate agent and business partners never lost hope when we were on the market longer than we expected and together we made it all happen. Cheers to them and to everyone who made this project so great! Modern Tudor – we are coming for you next!

Villa Project: Master Bath
From teeny bedroom to ensuite!

From teeny bedroom to ensuite!

With each renovation project, I have several fun transformations in mind that hopefully will manifest the way I have them designed in my head. Because we have no blueprint for many of our renovation plans, we aren’t always sure about the outcome. So, I need my guys to keep the faith that my vision is going to work out and more importantly – be beautiful! My team is typically very supportive when I propose an idea and this design was no exception.

The all to important demo process!

The all to important demo process!

For this project, one of those transformations was taking a small bedroom and turning it into a master bath. I had some “must haves” on my needs list; 2 vanities, a shower, enclosed closets and, in order to keep the master bedroom as spacious as possible, we also needed vaulted ceilings. 

Take a look at what would soon be our new Master Bath!

Take a look at what would soon be our new Master Bath!

Progress…

Progress…

Here it is! We created a space with clean lines, pretty details and everything you need for the perfect master bath. Check out the transformation and let me know what you think!

This cozy bedroom now feels spacious with vaulted ceilings and a new master bath.

This cozy bedroom now feels spacious with vaulted ceilings and a new master bath.

Instead of one long vanity, we installed twin vanities with lots of extra storage.

Instead of one long vanity, we installed twin vanities with lots of extra storage.

Who wouldn't love a closet in their master bath? So convenient!

Who wouldn't love a closet in their master bath? So convenient!

These acrylic handles offer clean lines and glamour to the closets.

These acrylic handles offer clean lines and glamour to the closets.

Isn't this a great use of the old closet?

Isn't this a great use of the old closet?

Vintage-style, marble hexagonal tiles are not only pretty to look at, they are soothing on your feet.

Vintage-style, marble hexagonal tiles are not only pretty to look at, they are soothing on your feet.

Hard to believe how we fit SO much utility into what was once unusable.

Hard to believe how we fit SO much utility into what was once unusable.

Villa Project: Kitchen
Bright, open and well-designed, I love the end results of this transformed kitchen.

Bright, open and well-designed, I love the end results of this transformed kitchen.

There are so many things I am excited to share with you about our latest rehab project! This little beauty is on a wonderful street in a stunning Seattle neighborhood and it is loaded with charm. It has some great spaces and I am thrilled to be taking you through the home, one post at a time. Let’s start with the kitchen!

Every centimeter counts!

Every centimeter counts!

This old space lacked function, light and style.

This old space lacked function, light and style.

A blank slate is a good place to start.

A blank slate is a good place to start.

While I always like to create an open concept when rehabbing, this little jewel did not offer me that option. So, instead we opened it up a bit more by including the dining room with it’s french doors overlooking the outdoor space. On a warm Seattle day, all 3 spaces merge into a light-filled dining/kitchen space.

White on white: subway tiles - herringbone style, adjusted counter tops, and open shelving

White on white: subway tiles - herringbone style, adjusted counter tops, and open shelving

White Cabinets and Walls: That is our typical go-to “color” because it never seems to go out of style. And for this space it was also perfect. I love the bright cabinets, herringbone backsplash, open shelving, quartz countertops, white walls & trim. These clean choices make the space flow more cohesively, making it feel much bigger and brighter. It will also allow the new homeowners to add design accents that make this kitchen – their kitchen.

Open Shelving: Although many homeowners are adding open shelving to their kitchens no matter the kitchen size, it is especially valuable in a smaller kitchen. It adds that light and open feeling as well as keeping decorative items off countertops. 

Cabinet Depth: Typically, cabinets are 24” deep and therefore your countertops are just a bit over that. In this case, we have one wall at 24” counter depth and one wall at 18” deep counter space. Even though one counter may be deeper, this provides an illusion of an equal and larger u-shaped kitchen.

These beautiful floors run throughout the first floor providing necessary unity.

These beautiful floors run throughout the first floor providing necessary unity.

Flooring: Hardwood flooring is always a good idea in kitchens. It was especially important here as we kept the first floor entirely hardwood to marry all the spaces together. Another great “open floor plan” trick.

Still in love with stainless; Not changing that plan yet.

Still in love with stainless; Not changing that plan yet.

Appliances: We chose stainless for appliances. It’s so clean and blends beautifully with the minimal hardware. It’s also a great option because there’s so many brands to choose from!

I love how this kitchen feels. It is laid out perfectly and offers a lot of storage, workspace, and style!

 

Here are the details that make up this beautiful kitchen remodel!

 

2. Dishwasher

 

3. Microwave

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finding a Fixer
We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

You never know what you will stumble upon.

You never know what you will stumble upon.

People always ask me how I find my projects. My response is “it is never the same!” They seem to come to us in million different ways. It could be a call from an agent, or a homeowner that knows what we do and wants to sell off market. It could be someone who wants to collaborate, a reassignment, a friend, or even an acquaintance. However it happens, it is always fun to receive that call! And, once we get word of an opportunity, we are off to check it out.

On this outing, we were looking at two possible “new construction” projects.  Both homes we were called about are considered tear downs.  But you can be the judge.

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Photo Aug 08, 4 05 55 PM.jpg

As we choose our projects, we are definitely armed with the info we have gathered online but a visit to the neighborhood is critical. These are some of the new construction homes that are in the area.

Boxy but beautiful!

Boxy but beautiful!

This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

We know their sale and/or asking price which helps us decide what our potential return on these two properties if we stay on budget.

After all of our searching we found our little "diamond" in the rough. Sometimes the uglier the fixer the better. But, we love it!

Sold! We bought this one!

Sold! We bought this one!

Thanks Michelle!

Our Latest Kitchen Remodel
I love EVERY part of this process!

I love EVERY part of this process!

We have several great projects in the works right now and I am so excited to share them with you! Our project closest to completion is a sweet shingled Laurelhurst home we are totally updating top to bottom. This home is getting a complete facelift and what a sweet space it will be. Let's start with the kitchen.

Here's what we had to work with.

Here's what we had to work with.

This kitchen really needed some light and space.

This kitchen really needed some light and space.

Now the kitchen has tons of light! But, we didn't stop there...

Now the kitchen has tons of light! But, we didn't stop there...

Voila! We have access to the new outdoor space with the addition of these french doors.

Voila! We have access to the new outdoor space with the addition of these french doors.

Can you believe this view from the new deck?!

Can you believe this view from the new deck?!

One of the most important updates on every one of our projects is the kitchen. Everyone wants a new kitchen and we are happy to oblige. We put careful thought into maximizing the space in each of our remodels as we know this is a big deal for future homeowners. Here's what inspired us, how we cleared the space out to the studs and the new design for the kitchen. 

Demo and clean up are all a part of the fun process of transformation.

Demo and clean up are all a part of the fun process of transformation.

Our current project is now being drywalled - so trim, paint and cabinets are next. But before you see the finished project, we are having way too much fun sharing the before pics! (After all, that is why they call it a fixer-upper.)  

Next, we drywall.

Next, we drywall.

Another view from the kitchen. This remodel is really coming along!

Another view from the kitchen. This remodel is really coming along!

I always start by asking my favorite cabinet company to provide a great design.

I always start by asking my favorite cabinet company to provide a great design.

After designs are rendered, we are off to the races tweaking the plan - picking cabinet colors and finishes, finding the best countertops, backsplashes, appliances, etc. This being a smaller kitchen, every inch is important. Take a look at some of our inspiration:

I think we nailed it!  Cannot wait to share the final product.  This home is about seven weeks to completion! Yahoo!