Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tour Tuesday - 80s Oak Gets a Makeover

I love a well built home, but I really get excited about a great remodel. It is amazing what some (or in this case A LOT of) paint can do. I had the opportunity to list this stunning estate last spring and when I saw it I knew that a little updating would help buyers see the grandeur of the house.

The house was built in the 80s - the homeowners have fabulous taste and the outside of the home was really timeless.

And the grounds are AMAZING - 1.5 acres nestled up against the mountains, right by the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Don't you just wish you had a wedding to plan so you could use that yard?!?

The inside, however, did need a little update. There was gorgeous woodwork throughout the home, but it was dated and the glazed walls made the house feel dark. This is what the entry looked like before:

We painted all the oak wainscot, painted the balusters white, removed the carpet and darkened the rail and stair treads. (It is not easy to paint oak without the grain coming through which ends up looking like a bad remodel - I cannot say enough good things about our painter on this project).

The kitchen cabinets were full wood box construction but the oak made them look tired. Here is a glimpse of them before:

We had the cabinets painted, removed the appliance garage, replaced the appliances, redid the backsplash and updated the lighting.

Isn't that an amazing transformation? I honestly almost cried when I saw the cabinets painted - it changed the entire space.

As you walk in the front door of this house you look straight into the family room and its floor to ceiling windows, with breathtaking views of the mountains. The view and the gorgeous rock fireplace were stunning but the dated woodwork and dark walls in this room were not:

We darkened the wood here and painted the walls and this is what the room looks like now:

The hard work and money spent on the remodel paid off. The house had multiple offers within days of listing. The sellers have fabulous taste and were helped by a great team. The design decisions were done with the help of Tamara Miller of Tamara Design and Consulting, as was all of the staging. (She is fabulous and works with many of my clients). The interior painting was done by Shaun Taylor of Rock Solid Coatings. The cabinet painting and the wood darkening on the mantel and stairs was done by Dean Coffey.

I absolutely loved going up to this house everyday to see how the work was coming along. Watching the transformation was so much fun - I missed the house when it sold! This fabulous homeowner bought a smaller home that needed some serious updating, and that remodel is even more amazing … I promise to show you soon!

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