Detached Family Home Gets Pizzazz

Even a wonderfully refurbished home needs a little staging.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionPunches of color transform the dining room into a space potential buyers will remember.
This room used to have furniture that was camouflaged with the floor and walls. Now, when buyers walk through the door, this dramatic space will capture their attention. A contrasting table and red chairs add a punch of color and help emphasize the beautiful hardwood floors. A floor planter filled with bamboo helps delineate the living room from the dining room. A custom-made rice paper and wood frame covers the window for privacy, yet, it still lets in plenty of natural light.

The bathroom (not shown) has almost completely been redone. There is a new all-white toilet, sink and tile. However, a little color would help make the room more memorable. The only thing that wasn’t done during the remodel was the window on the ceiling. Back in 1927, when the house was built, the window covering the skylight shaft could be tilted up for ventilation.

Before, the bathroom was stark white with a tacky seashell shower curtain and a painted-shut window on the ceiling. Now, elegant color has been added and the vintage skylight vent has been restored. Unique and original architecture that has been restored almost always adds value to a home.

For specific product information, click on the first After photos of the room.

Tip: If you’re going to hire a contractor to do work on your home, make sure they are licensed. It is always wise to get referrals from friends and family, and try to get at least three bids before you select a contractor.

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