Ah yes, the before and after; we all love the promise of the after but too often live too long with the before.
At core, in addition to working with buyers and sellers, we offer a one hour staging consultation, and, half the team here has had extensive experience in renovation and higher end house flips, there’s a wealth of knowledge, dos and don’ts at your disposal. We’ve all been there—we live in a space for some time, we’re used to it, we don’t have a fresh perspective. If you’re considering selling why not get four more eyes (that have seen almost all) in on the project?
Following is a collage of images of rooms we’ve been involved with; some are renovations, some involve fresh eyes moving furniture and belongings around the house (it’s amazing the impact of simply moving things from room to room, from floor to floor, at times just moving something into the basement…).
I’m also airing my own dirty laundry here (Brad not Corinne!): I moved to this house two years ago and lived for a year longer than I should have with a cold room that either needed major rehab or removal (early 1950s Cape Cod house here), we opted for removal which also meant waterproofing a new wall and replacing a front porch.
We’re showing you ours…..we’d love to see some of your work before or after!
And here it is, the sorry state of my cold room. The block was cracking badly (in one upper corner you could almost see daylight!), the surrounding earth was winning the battle. We removed the existing brick and concrete front porch (which itself needed a bit of a lift), removed the cold room but left the concrete floor in place for the porch supports, blocked in the doorway, waterproofed, added fill, and a new porch replaced the original brick and concrete.
When it came to porch replacement we opted for the less expensive wood version (pressure treated no longer comes in just the green tinged version, ours looks like cedar, in fact it looks very much like the pricey cedar deck on the back of the house); with the new fill, building sufficient support for the weight of a brick porch was going to ramp up the cost and we have other projects.
As we’ve been working on the house we’ve kept certain original elements, it was a home owned by one family only, we wanted to keep some of what they loved and cared for so when it came to the porch we reused the original wrought iron railing.