Entries from August 2010

Iron Chef

August 31st, 2010 · 6 Comments

The title of this post?  Too easy.

ironing board in kitchen Phoenix Arizona home house photo

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Tags: Staging · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes

Enjoying the Quality of Yesteryear

August 31st, 2010 · 15 Comments

We’re going to take a moment to appreciate the quality, charm, and craftsmanship of kitchens from 50-60 years ago.

This is a beautiful kitchen from 1948 with original cabinets and tile.  Well-maintained and cared for.  Looks brand new.

nice charming beautiful original kitchen cabinets 1948 Phoenix Arizona home house

This Phoenix home was built in 1953.  Original cabinets and tile.

nice charming beautiful original kitchen cabinets 1953 Phoenix Arizona home house

Here’s its original stove/oven.

original oven range stove 1953 Phoenix Arizona home house kitchen

Original oven and tile in this 1959 Phoenix home.  The cabinet doors are not original; they would have had beveled/sloping edges.

original kitchen oven pink tile 1959 Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · 1950s

Quick Renovation

August 31st, 2010 · 8 Comments

They say it’s all in the details.  Same applies to home renovations & remodeling.  Something new is not enough.  You have to consider functionality too.

Here’s a recent home renovation that’s a bit lacking in thought.  Starting with the kitchen.  New cabinets, counters, and flooring.  But the stove and refrigerator are shoved against a wall with no thought.  Where is the triangle pattern (sink, stove, frig)?  Where is the stove’s exhaust vent?  Do you want hot (oven) next to cold (frig)?  Why isn’t there counter space next to the frig?  They could have made an L-shaped kitchen to tie in the frig and then added an island with stove & oven.

poorly planned designed kitchen remodel renovation Phoenix Arizona home house

The bathroom looks new.  With all that space between the toilet and sink, why didn’t they add a wider vanity with two sinks?  An extra $300 might have given them an extra $2000 in value.

poorly planned designed bathroom remodel renovation Phoenix Arizona home house

Different bathroom, but same design.  Here we see the toilet close to the vanity.  Notice how the toilet’s water supply line is stretched.  What happened?

poorly planned designed bathroom remodel renovation Phoenix Arizona home house

The laundry room is lacking doors.  How expensive/cheap are folding doors?  $100 on upper cabinets would have been a nice touch too.  Do you like how they used old appliances in the laundry and kitchen?

poorly planned designed laundry room remodel renovation Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Bathroom · Kitchen · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes

4 Kids & One Adult

August 30th, 2010 · 8 Comments

The caption of this real estate promotional photo reads, “What are you waiting for?”  For the kid to move out of the photo!  Are they selling the granite counters or the kid?

little young girl person in real estate photo Phoenix Arizona home house

This kid is watching TV.

little young boy kid person in real estate photo Phoenix Arizona home house

They took a photo from the other angle to ensure buyers saw the kid.

little young boy kid person in real estate photo Phoenix Arizona home house

She has every right to be proud of her beautiful kitchen.  Now get out of the way, thank you.

woman lady person in real estate photo Phoenix Arizona home house

Two boys in the spotlight at this Scottsbluff, Nebraska home.

two little young boys kids people in real estate photo Scottsbluff Nebraska home house

All those corn fields to run through and he stays inside for a second photo.

young boy kid people in real estate photo Scottsbluff Nebraska home house

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Tags: Phoenix Homes · Other US Cities · People In Photos

Before & After Home Renovation Photos

August 30th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Sad little kitchen before.

before after home remodeling renovation photo kitchen Phoenix Arizona house

Happy kitchen after renovation in 2010.

before after home remodeling renovation photo kitchen Phoenix Arizona house

Depressing bathroom before.

before after home remodeling renovation photo bathroom Phoenix Arizona house

Cheerful bathroom after remodeling.

before after home remodeling renovation photo bathroom Phoenix Arizona house

Sleepless bedroom before.

before after home remodeling renovation photo bedroom Phoenix Arizona house

Peaceful bedroom after (not the same room as above).

before after home remodeling renovation photo bedroom Phoenix Arizona house

Dark den before.

before after home remodeling renovation photo den Phoenix Arizona house

Expanded after to create a great room.

before after home remodeling renovation photo great room Phoenix Arizona house

View of the living room after.  This remodeled home sold quickly.

before after home remodeling renovation photo living room Phoenix Arizona house

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Tags: Bathroom · Living Room · Kitchen · Bedroom · Remodeling · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper

Cheap Seesaw

August 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

You can create kids’ toys on the cheap if you use your noggin.  Here’s a seesaw made of a board and a barrel in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  What’s that going green phrase?  Reduce, reuse, recycle.

cheap seesaw back yard Scottsbluff Nebraska home house

Yep, it’s an old barrel all right.  There’s also a deer in the yard.

cheap seesaw back yard Scottsbluff Nebraska home house

See Saw Marjory Daw.

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Tags: Back Yard · Other US Cities

Museum of 1975 In Scottsbluff, Nebraska

August 29th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Frozen in time.  Scottsbluff, Nebraska home built in 1975.  Wanna bet these are original owners?  Triple mirror.  Hanging oil lamp (aka rain lamp).  Tulips lights.  Classic.

1975 outdated décor furniture old home house Scottsbluff Nebraska original design

Teddy bear collection to go with the old drapes.

1975 outdated décor window drapes curtains teddy bear collection Scottsbluff Nebraska

Pan a bit more to the right.

1975 outdated décor old home house living room Scottsbluff Nebraska

The basement features orange carpet, one of those hideous frilled shade lamps, wood paneling, and an old dinette set.

1975 outdated décor old home house basement orange carpet Scottsbluff Nebraska

Shifting slightly to the right, we see a million family photos.

1975 outdated décor old home house basement orange carpet Scottsbluff Nebraska

The original bathroom features a Princess slimline phone for those long conversations.

1975 outdated décor old home house original bathroom phone Scottsbluff Nebraska

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Tags: Staging · Bathroom · Living Room · Window Coverings · Stuffed Animals · Wood Paneling · Family Photos · Other US Cities · 1970s · Basement

Lack of Support For This Home

August 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments

When they say the real estate market collapsed in Amenia, New York, they weren’t kidding!

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Tags: Roof · Fixer-Upper · Other US Cities

Time For a Remodel

August 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Two bathrooms in need of renovation.

Why is the toilet so close to the vanity?  Someone didn’t measure the original vanity before purchasing this one.

ugly bathroom needs remodeling renovation Phoenix Arizona home house photo

The black bathtub and checkerboard wall tile might not appeal to most buyers.

ugly bathroom needs remodeling renovation black bathtub Phoenix Arizona home house

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Tags: Bathroom · Phoenix Homes · Fixer-Upper

Don’t Mess With the Bull, Young Man. You’ll Get the Horns.

August 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Take them down when selling, please.

deer antelope head horns antlers taxidermy poor home staging Phoenix Arizona house

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Tags: Staging · Phoenix Homes · Taxidermy