Entries Tagged as 'Entertainment/Media Niche'

Before & After Remodel

July 8th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Before Bathroom 1. This Casa Grande, Arizona home was purchased for $42,000.

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After Bathroom 1. After updating, it sold for $100,000.

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Before Bathroom 2.

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After Bathroom 2.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen. They kept most of the cabinets and repainted them.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Living Room.

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After Living Room. I would have preferred they removed the outdated media niche.

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Before Bedroom.

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After Bedroom.

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Before Front of House.

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After Front of House. Very modest remodel. They might have spent $20,000 and netted a little over $30,000 once sold.

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Tags: Bad Parking · Bathroom · Bedroom · Before & After · Curb Appeal · Entertainment/Media Niche · Kitchen · Living Room · Other Arizona Cities · Remodeling

Double TV

June 15th, 2017 · 8 Comments

If you have a built-in entertainment center that’s too narrow for today’s TVs, here’s a solution: leave the older TV in the entertainment center and then mount the newer TV in front of it. And use wire to hold it up!

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Tags: Entertainment/Media Niche · Other Arizona Cities · What Were They Thinking?!?!

Three Messy Living Rooms

May 20th, 2017 · 4 Comments

Messy living room. Good grief.

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Help me understand. These homes are for sale. Are the sellers that clueless?

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From a house in Florence, Arizona. The state prison in Florence is cleaner than this house.

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Tags: Clutter · Entertainment/Media Niche · Garbage and/or Junk · Living Room · Other Arizona Cities · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Special Entertainment

May 12th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Five more entertainment centers/media niches for you to enjoy.
This one was built for the tallest TV ever.

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Beautiful craftsmanship, right next to a Craftsman weed eater.

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These white-wash entertainment centers were very popular in the 1990s. Today, they cannot accommodate wider TVs.

A lot of time was spent building this media niche. How much time and money will need to be spent to remove it?

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By the time you add a couch, the room is filled up.

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Tags: Clutter · Entertainment/Media Niche · Fireplace · Other Arizona Cities · Phoenix Homes · Staging · Taxidermy

Built-In Media Niches

April 18th, 2017 · 2 Comments

It was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s to create massive built-in entertainment centers or media niches. Back in the day when TVs were narrower and also when big TVs were very deep. But nowadays, most of these media niches are functionally obsolete. Today’s TVs are wider and shallow.

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This TV actually fits in the niche. But the surrounding niches only encourage home owners to become collectors. Future hoarders?

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Sometimes they are used only to display items.

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They can also be demoted to secondary status. The knotted curtain gets full priority in this room.

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Or completely ignored. They’re also great dust collectors.

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Tags: Clutter · Collections · Entertainment/Media Niche · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Phoenix Homes · Staging · Window Coverings

Hockey Season Starts Today

October 12th, 2016 · No Comments

The National Hockey League 2016-2017 season begins tonight. Betcha this super fan is watching some games tonight.

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Tags: Clutter · Collections · Entertainment/Media Niche · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Entertainment Niches

May 4th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Entertainment centers, also known as media niches, were popular in the Phoenix area.  Until TVs got wider and not so deep.  The extra storage spaces all but guaranteed they would be filled up.

outdated entertainment center media niche stuffed with clutter Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

This unique set-up allows for a television to be placed in front of the niches.

outdated entertainment center media niche Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

It looks like they cut holes into the drywall to create the niches.

outdated entertainment center media niche Phoenix Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Media niches also appear in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as seen here.

outdated entertainment center media niche Albuquerque New Mexico home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Clutter · Entertainment/Media Niche · Other US Cities · Phoenix Homes · Staging

Fireplaces

January 26th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Here’s a pseudo-beehive fireplace. That’s wallpaper, not faux painting; the pattern repeats.

hybrid beehive fireplace design green carpet Peoria Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

Two fireplaces in this house. Check out the free-standing metal one on the left.

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Yesterday we featured entertainment/media niches.  Today we have a fireplace plus a media niche.  Double the fun!

fireplace entertainment media niche Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

You can see the electric outlets in the cubby holes.  The fireplace is probably fake.  If not, would you want the fire’s heat rising up on the TV?

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Tags: Entertainment/Media Niche · Fireplace · Glendale, AZ Homes · Holiday Décor · Peoria, AZ Homes · Phoenix Homes · Wallpaper

Media Niches

January 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment

It was a Phoenix thing to build entertainment/media niches so you could surround your TVs with collectibles and audio equipment.  Sometimes they are used as storage for supplies.

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People don’t know what to do with them.

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They were originally designed for those massive thick rear-projection TV sets.   Now what do you do with that big open space?

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These sellers gave up and did nothing.

obsolete entertainment center media niche Glendale Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

This seller was determined to fill every nook and cranny.

obsolete entertainment center media niche cluttered Sun City West Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

These media niches are great for collecting dust.

obsolete entertainment center media niche cluttered Sun City West Arizona home house for sale real estate photo

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Tags: Clutter · Entertainment/Media Niche · Family Photos · Garbage and/or Junk · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Phoenix Homes · Staging

The Twelve Days of Christmas 2015

December 25th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Please join me in singing the 6th annual UglyHousePhotos version of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Everybody join in now. A one, and a two, and a three.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Twelve clocks a tickin’.

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Eleven medals hanging.

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Ten puppies sitting.

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Nine ducks a quacking.

nine ducks Sun City collection Arizona home house for sale photo

Eight princesses dancing.

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Seven jugs of water.

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Six chairs aplenty.

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Five blobs of paint.

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Four raggedy dolls.

four raggedy Anne Andy dolls bed El Mirage Arizona home house for sale photo

Three brass geese.

three brass geese on wall Peoria Arizona home house for sale photo

Two turtle doves?

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And an old tire by a sparse tree.

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Merry Christmas!

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2010’s version is here.

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Tags: Afghan Blanket · Bedroom · Clutter · Collections · Dining Room · Dolls · Entertainment/Media Niche · Family Room · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Peoria, AZ Homes · Phoenix Homes