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Before and After: Reimagined Classic Bungalow

Whenever we present a house for sale the end result is always picture-perfect, that’s why we love showing the before and afters. Before we start a project, oftentimes we need to plan around our client’s boxes and personal items. We really have to envision what the home will look like without ever seeing it fully empty or as a blank slate. Oftentimes we are planning months before our client actually moves out, so that we can start work the day they depart.

Elegant vintage style, charm and details filled this lovely 1923 home so we wanted to really emphasize what made this home special while blending more modern updates. Our goal was to find a middle ground between the home’s original character and the trends buyers are gravitating towards. The kitchen had been updated in the 90s, and believe it or not, the wood cabinetry is back in style. We have the cabinets sanded and finished with a clear finish to keep the natural wood color, we added black handles for a modern look. We replaced the countertops and backsplash with refreshing white subway tile and a white quartz with light gray graining. We had the floors throughout the first level refinished and they quickly became a wow-factor. 

The bathroom on the first floor was in need of some serious TLC. It still had bright pink wall tile from when it was originally built, but the flooring had been updated. As much as we love a pop of color, we opted to reglaze the wall tile to white and paint the walls with a trending Aegean Teal color. We updated the vanity with a sleeker, woodgrain vanity. Then we finished off the space with an updated mirror and light fixtures. 

We painted the entire interior a light gray with white trim, except in areas where there was exposed trim in which we opted to keep it exposed. The upstairs got new fresh carpet. Throughout the entire house we updated the light fixtures. We decided to go with gold finishes to place off the warmth of the flooring and existing wood finishes. In other rooms, such as the kitchen we added a black pendant light with wood detailing to compliment the wood cabinets and black pulls. 

We finished this house off with some fresh landscaping. We repaired the retaining walls in the front of the house and in the backyard. Added irrigation to both yards, and planted some flowers to contrast the darker, black mulch. We also added some trees to add some height to the landscaping. 

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