Entries Tagged as 'Family Room'

Family Intervention Needed

August 15th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Four family rooms for your consideration.

What would you remove in this family room to look less busy?

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After the family photos are removed and the curtain unknotted, what else should be done here?

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This one’s too easy: the gun safe, the miniature popcorn machine, the jacket, the dog, the tie-dye towel, the cuckoo clock, etc.

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The vines, the clothes, the macramé.  Anything else?

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Clutter · Phoenix Homes · Mesa, AZ Homes · Pets · Glendale, AZ Homes · Wood Paneling · Family Photos

The 44-Year-Old Virgin Carpet

August 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Built in 1970.  Original carpet!  And wood paneling.

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The carpet is 44 years old!  So is the dirt and bacteria.

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The colors of the 1970s.

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The bedroom carpet is looking a little worse for wear.

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Tags: Carpet · Family Room · Phoenix Homes · Dining Room · Wood Paneling · 1970s

Weird Dolls

August 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Simply bizarre.  A doll family.  Payson, Arizona home.

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Dolls made from towels?  Unbelievable.

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She collects plates.  From the Franklin Mint or Danbury Mint?

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She spent a mint on those plates.

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More plates in the bedroom!  They’re like tribbles; they keep multiplying.

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She also collects family photos.  And she has a gun/rifle.  When Grandma says, “I’m gonna shoot,” do you duck or say ”cheese”?!

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A rifle, a scythe, two saws, and a golf club.  Grandma’s ready for the zombie apocalypse!

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Grandma thinks the mammy cookie jars are a whimsical part of Americana.  What will some buyers think?

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Fireplace · Stuffed Animals · Dolls · Other Arizona Cities · Rugs · Collections · Family Photos · Weapons & Firearms · Grandma's House

Trophy Life

August 4th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Someone won two big trophies. They weren’t for home staging.

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Nooooo!!  Knotted curtains!!!   Nooooo!!

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Four more trophies.  TV’s on!  Prescription bottles on display.  More family photos.

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Now we move over to the kitchen where we see two refrigerators.  And more prescription bottles within reach of children.

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There’s a kid looking in the window!  A peeping tom!  Maybe he can help tidy up this house.

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No wonder this kitchen is cluttered; there’s only a few upper cabinets.

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There’s a 2nd washing machine out on the cluttered back patio and two dryers.

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There’s refrigerator #3.  In the full sun.  And a puppy in a cage.  Oh, and at least 5 bicycles.

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Five scrubby pads.

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Pringles potato chips make for a great midnight snack.  More prescription bottles with easy access.  “Mommy, your Oxycontin pills are fun!”

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I see baseball hats on the back of the door.

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The hangers are every which way.

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Clutter · Window Coverings · Patio · Mesa, AZ Homes · Stuffed Animals · Pets · Back Yard · Family Photos · People In Photos · Entertainment/Media Niche · Hats

Before & After Mid-Century Modern Renovation

August 2nd, 2014 · 12 Comments

There’s a trend with house flippers in the Phoenix area nowadays to remove paint from the exterior of 1960s homes, exposing the gray cinder/concrete block walls.  Part of that mid-century modern look/theme that’s popular.

Before Front of House.  Built in 1960.  Sold to an investor for $231,000.  This is a subdivision (about 1 mile from my house) in which architect Al Beadle was involved.

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After Front of House.  The paint was power blasted away.  The minimalistic desert landscaping is typical of these types of flips.  Barrel cactus is almost a requirement ;-)   The house sold for $380,000.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.  [Editor’s note: some readers are commenting that this is a small home.  It’s actually 1700 square feet.]

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After Kitchen.

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Before Family Room.

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After Family Room.  The house was renovated with energy saving materials, resulting in a G Home HERS rating of 85.

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Before Living Room.

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After Living Room.  From the opposite angle.  A Smart Home Auto System was installed; you can control door locks, lights, thermostat, security system & cameras, garage door, and water fountain from your smart phone or computer.

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Before Master Bathroom.

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After Master Bathroom.  LED lighting was integrated into the walls of the bathroom and other rooms in the house.

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Before 2nd Bedroom.

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After 2nd Bedroom.  The majority of homes in Phoenix have concrete slab foundations.  Homes built in the 1950s-1970s had stained concrete, the color of butterscotch or dark honey.  Many remodelers are tearing up tile and carpet to expose the stained concrete floors and then polishing the concrete as seen here.

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After 2nd Bathroom.  No before photo available.

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Before Back Yard & Pool.

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After Back Yard & Pool.  From the opposite angle.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Living Room · Family Room · Kitchen · Pool & Spa · Bedroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Before & After

Family Fun

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

The caption for this Mesa, Arizona home listing’s photo reads “family room.”  We’re not sure what’s going on behind the curtains.  An atrium?  A mausoleum?  There’s a bench for people to look away from the window or toward the window.

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Tags: Family Room · Window Coverings · Mesa, AZ Homes

Throw In the Towel(s)

July 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Please remove the towels from the sofas before taking the real estate photos.  And then remove other unnecessary items from this room. [Appleton, Wisconsin]

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Look!  They’re paying attention to us already!  Three items were removed from the left side wall and three items removed from the right side wall.  It’s a start.  Don’t stop now.  Towels, stacks of papers, and the rug next please.

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Tags: Staging · Family Room · Clutter · Other US Cities

Before & After Short Sale Renovation

July 5th, 2014 · 9 Comments

Before Kitchen.  Tupac lives forever!  Short sale.  Purchased by an investor for $84,000.

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After Kitchen.  Once remodeled, the home sold for $126,500.

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Before Family Room.  Pit bull puppy.  Bob’s Burgers Minh Souphanousinphone from King of the Hill is on TV! (Thank you, Matt)

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Before Family Room.  Looking further to the right.  It’s a long room.

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After Family Room.  The block walls have been furred with sheetrock.

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After Family Room & Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Bedroom One.

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After Bedroom One.  Sheetrock/drywall added to the walls.  This will keep the bedroom cooler in the summer.

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Before Bedroom Two.

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After Bedroom Two.

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Before Bathroom.

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After Bathroom.

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Before Front of House.

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After Front of House.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Foreclosure · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Pets · Cabinets · Before & After

Ugly Garage Conversion

June 13th, 2014 · 4 Comments

These Mesa, Arizona home sellers converted their garage into a family room and sponge-painted the walls an intriguing color.  Hey, is this national colonoscopy month?

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Tags: Family Room · Garage or Carport · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Mesa, AZ Homes · Faux Paint & Murals

Before & After Glendale, Arizona House

May 17th, 2014 · 11 Comments

Before Master Bathroom.  The house was purchased for $81,000.

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After Master Bathroom.  It then sold for $159,000!

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Before Hall Bathroom.

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After Hall Bathroom.

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Before Dining Room.

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After Dining Room.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Kitchen.

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After Kitchen.

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Before Family Room.

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After Family Room.  I’m not a fan of the dark, heavy fireplace renovation.

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Before Front of House.

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After Front of House.

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Tags: Curb Appeal · Bathroom · Family Room · Kitchen · Remodeling · Fireplace · Dining Room · Glendale, AZ Homes · Before & After