May 26, 2015

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10 Cheap Ways to Increase a Home’s Value

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 02:00

Check out the Cupolas n’ More infographic about 10 cheap ways to increase the value of your home.

Powder Rooms That Make a Statement

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 02:00

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

More home owners are turning to the powder room to make a dramatic statement and packing in a lot of design into these often small spaces, according to the 2015 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, a survey of more than 3,000 home owners about their bathroom remodeling plans.

Nearly two thirds of powder rooms are less than 40 square feet, but home owners are finding they can still make these spaces attention-getting, whether with a trendy sink or flashy wallpaper.

Home owners report that their powder room renovations are mostly driven by the desire to do cosmetic touches, and therefore, home owners are finding affordable, do-it-yourself upgrades to spice up the space.

Most home owners say they want to upgrade their powder room because they want the design to make a bolder statement – a more popular response among home owners than for any other bathroom in the house, the survey finds. The powder room is more likely to have personalized touches in the design, such as eclectic styles, signature sinks, hardwood floor, and wallpaper.

Just how bold are some home owners getting with their powder room? Here are a few examples:
Flashy wallpaper

Traditional Powder Room by Denver Interior Designers & Decorators Andrea Schumacher Interiors Transitional Powder Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Chango & Co.


Dramatic tiled walls

Traditional Powder Room by Morganville Window Treatments Marina Klima Goldberg – Klima Design Group


Asian Powder Room by La Jolla Architects & Building Designers m.a.p. interiors inc. / Sylvia Beez

Unusual mirrors and a chandelier

Midcentury Powder Room by Venice Interior Designers & Decorators Shelby Wood Design


 Furniture-like vanities and signature sinks

Mediterranean Powder Room by San Clemente Architects & Building Designers James Glover Residential & Interior Design

Why Empty Homes Don’t Sell

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 02:00

By Julea Joseph, Reinventing Space

Every morning on my Chicago area social media feed, I see acres and acres of empty rooms posted by real estate professionals. So many empty dining rooms, breakfast rooms, kitchens, living and bedrooms. Do I stop and click on the photo, intrigued to have a look at the room, the house, the property? No, I just scroll on by … Do I read the eloquently written description? Do I appreciate the professional photography? No, I just scroll on by … Why? It’s that they all look the same; devoid of any senses, any flavor, any style.


#1. An empty home leaves an empty canvas to paint negative thoughts on. Prospective buyers will find imperfections or they’ll not be interested or overlook features. An empty home amplifies negative thoughts.

#2. Empty homes lack a vision of its layout. What is this room? A staged home shows off how the home flows and how each space can be used.

#3. An empty home is void of imagination and feeling. People buy homes on emotion. An empty property is just a HOUSE, a staged property becomes a HOME. Home staging creates the emotion that your prospective buyers envisioned.

#4. The National Association of REALTORS 2015 Profile on Home Staging found that 81 percent of buyers find it is easier to visualize a property as a future home when it’s staged.

“A staged home may seem like it has furniture that’s fixed in place; but what is going on in the buyer’s mind is a very kinetic process. With a home that is staged, they see a family – celebrating home.” –Julea Joseph

See the difference for yourself: Here are some before and after photos.

Photo credit: Julea Joseph, Reinventing Space, julea.com

Photo credit: Julea Joseph, Reinventing Space, julea.com

Photo credit: Julea Joseph, Reinventing Space, julea.com

This post originally appeared at Julea: Reinventing Space. Copyright 2015.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julea Joseph is the owner and lead designer at Reinventing Space in Chicago. Visit her website and blog at Julea.com.


Top 10 Unmet Housing Desires Movers May be Looking For

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 02:00

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

May marks National Moving Month, a kick off to the traditional moving season. Many households will be on the move in the coming months, whether it’s relocating a few blocks away or miles away.

The number of households on the move is expected to grow. One in three U.S. households say they plan to move in the next five years, according to a survey of 10,000 households by The Demand Institute.

But what are these soon-to-be movers looking for in their next home?

The Demand Institute’s research reveals several unmet housing-related desires – gaps between what Americans say they have currently and what they say they want in their next home. Could these satisfaction gaps motivate them enough to want to move?

The following are the top 10 housing desires, ranked according to the satisfaction gap. Find out what these movers likely will be searching for in their next home (and what you may want to emphasize if your listing has any of these features):

1. Very energy efficient with lower monthly utility costs

2. Requires little or no renovation or improvements

3. Has an updated kitchen with modern appliances and fixtures

4. A home I can stay in as I get older

5. Home is located in a safe neighborhood with low crime

6. Fits my budget, without requiring sacrifices

7. Offers a lot of privacy from neighbors

8. Has a lot of storage space

9. Has a good landlord that is responsive to maintenance requests

10. Is a good long-term investment

Nifty DIY Project for Sellers

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 02:00

Help home owners enhance curb appeal and the chances of a quick sale with affordable do-it-yourself upgrades. Check out 5 Easy DIY Weekend Projects Under $300, a free article from NAR’s REALTOR® Content Resource. That’s just one of five free articles to help clients from the Stretch Home Repair/Remodel Dollars theme that you can brand, print, and hand deliver (or post to Facebook, Twitter, your website, or blog; email; or add to your e-newsletter).

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Reimagine the Formal Living Room

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 02:00

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

A living room likely isn’t topping many home shoppers’ must-have list these days. In fact, some architects say the formal living room – that upscale room welcoming guests at the front of a home – is becoming extinct.

Call it a casualty of the Great Recession, when home buyers started to get choosier when it came down to the bare essentials to a home. The formal living room started to lose favor to other preferences, like a home office or larger kitchen. After all, why have a room devoted to fancy chairs and sofas that rarely gets used?

As such, some buyers are walking through older homes today, questioning what to do with that formal living room space. Here are some ways to get your buyers to re-imagine those spaces.

The perfect home office?

Traditional Home Office by Huntersville Interior Designers & Decorators Ally Whalen Design

The perfect kids play room?

Farmhouse Kids by Austin Architects & Building Designers Tim Cuppett Architects Contemporary Living Room by Culver City Architects & Building Designers Natasha Barrault Design

The perfect library?

Modern Living Room by Evanston Building Designers and Drafters Benvenuti and Stein

The perfect hobby room for the craft, sewing or music lovers? Here’s a wine and music room:

Traditional Living Room by Cumming Interior Designers & Decorators Artisan Design Studio Contemporary Basement by Great Falls Interior Designers & Decorators NF interiors The perfect dining room? Traditional Spaces



Is That Home Healthy?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 02:00

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Surprisingly, one in five home owners consider their homes unhealthy, according to the Healthy Home Study of about 800 home owners conducted by Houzz.

So what makes a home healthy to home owners? The top indoor concerns of home owners in gauging a home’s health: Moisture, air quality, and cleanliness. The top outside concerns: Air quality, grounds safety, and soil quality.

The home owners surveyed perceived newer homes to be healthiest with having no allergens or mold and limited instances of insects and rodents.

“Healthy homes” are considered 20 percent to 60 percent less likely to have some indoor contaminates, like excessive dust, mold, or contaminates in the drinking water, the majority of home owners said. However, nearly a third of home owners confess their home has excessive dust or pet dander issues.

Home owners who rate their home as “non-healthy” are more likely to remodel (view chart to see most popular upgrades planned). For example, one-fifth or more of home owners plan to do major painting, flooring, HVAC, windows, lighting upgrades, and insulation over the next 12 months.

Indeed, more than 40 percent of home owners say that preventing health problems remains a motivation for their renovation projects.

2014 Healthy Home Study, Houzz


The Spa-Like Bathroom: 10 Top Trends for 2015

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 02:00

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Photo Credit: National Kitchen & Bath Association

Just like the kitchen, contemporary designs are growing in popularity in bathroom remodels. These contemporary touches in the bathroom equate to clean and open designs, with floating vanities and freestanding tubs.

Last week, at Styled Staged & Sold, we highlighted the top 10 trends for the kitchen this year. This week, we focus on the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s latest trend report on what’s driving bathroom design in 2015.

Here are the top 10 overall bathroom design trends NKBA designers expect to be hot this year:

1. Clean, white, contemporary designs
2. Floating vanities
3. Open-shelving
4. Electric heated floors
5. Purple color schemes
6. Trough sinks
7. User experience (ease of use and low maintenance) and accessibility features
8. Extra amenities (like steam showers, anti-fog mirrors, lighted showers, and shower seats)
9. Innovative storage (such as drawer pullouts and rollouts to hold hair styling equipment)
10. Showers and freestanding tubs

Most popular colors: White and gray are the dominant colors for bathrooms. Half of designers expect to see gray growing in 2015, and several designers also mentioned the growing popularity of purple, lavender, and lilac tones gaining steam in bathroom designs. For fixtures, white continues its dominance.

Traditional Bathroom by Saratoga Springs Design-Build Firms Witt Construction


Out of style: Jetted tubs, whether whirlpool or air, are decreasing in popularity, according to NKBA’s report. “People are moving away from jetted tubs to more classic soaking tubs,” says Bill Donohoe with Donohoe Design Works in the Los Angeles area. Also, beige fixture colors are increasingly dropping in popularity.

The Contemporary Kitchen: 10 Top Trends for 2015

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 02:00

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine 

Photo Credit: National Kitchen & Bath Association

Contemporary is the buzzword when it comes to kitchen designs this year, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Streamlined designs, eclectic touches, and multiples of appliances lead the trends, according to NKBA’s 2015 forecast.

Here are the top 10 overall kitchen design trends expected to be hot this year, according to NKBA’s report:

1. Clean with an overall contemporary feeling: A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen
2. European-styled cabinets
3. Multiples of appliances in one kitchen (most notably two dishwashers, like a dishwasher and a dishwasher drawer, or the addition of a refrigerator/freezer)
4. The rise of steam ovens
5. Furniture-like pieces (such as furniture-styled dry bars)
6. Outdoor kitchens
7. Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables
8. TVs and docking stations (many kitchens have desks or home office areas as well as flat-screen televisions and docking/charging stations)
9. Wine refrigerators
10. A focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design

Contemporary Kitchen by Geneva Kitchen & Bath Designers Past Basket Design

Most Popular Colors: The most common color scheme for kitchens: White, followed by gray, according to NKBA. About a third of NKBA remodelers also said they did black or blue kitchens in 2014. Kitchens in green tones were also gaining in popularity. Designers are increasingly reporting an appetite for kitchens with multiple color schemes.

“I am seeing lots of white painted kitchen perimeters with espresso stained islands and dark stained kitchen perimeters with light colored painted islands,” says Christine Shorr with Morris Black Designs in Allentown, Pa. “Lots of painted white kitchens with light countertops and espresso islands and painted gray cabinets.”

Out of style: Country/rustic, Tuscan and Provincial looks with distressed finishes, as well as color schemes in reds, bronzes, and terra cottas are on their way “out” in the kitchen.