Late last fall we purchased our neighbor’s house as an investment property. I know, lucky us. But, the house was in very poor shape and needed new everything. This explains why the selling price worked. We also bought directly from the seller, before it was listed, which lowered the price. But, all this meant that we were in for one heck of a project in order to have the house ready to rent by summer. Adding this on top of our family of three active children and parents with 2 full-time jobs has made the last 6 months a wee bit insane. But, it rented quickly, with a backup offer, so we’re in recovery mode now! Today, I’m walking you through this house transformation.
We used Trace Ventures as our contractor for a few reasons, but most importantly because they provided an on-site manager each day and gave us the most comprehensive bid, which included quotes from all the necessary subcontractors. Their turnaround for the bid was timely and professional. Our other two bids were not nearly as comprehensive and had not touched on some major plumbing and electrical issues that Trace found during the estimating process for the bid. (These are two areas that add significantly to any construction project, for the record.) This house was is in dismal shape and we wanted to know upfront, to the extent that we could, what this project would cost. While Trace was not the cheapest bid, we thought their proposal did reflect the most realistic price, and we were not surprised by an onslaught of change orders throughout the process.
We worked with Beth Haley Design for the renovation plans. I met Beth through a StyleBlueprint piece last year, and since she has a full-service design firm, a designer was available to start immediately. We liked that she understood what our budget was and why: this was a rental house, but we wanted it to be nice. We ended up with just what we needed without someone trying to push us outside of our budget – perfect!
When the dust settled, we realized this house is more than a rental; it is one that we would happily live in!
Now for the interior:
The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Storm Cloud Gray. We had planned to use white on the kitchen cabinets, and that would have been pretty. But, sitting at the hair dresser the day the cabinet paint was being picked out, I freaked out over having a rental house with white cabinets, as I wanted easy maintenance and was worried about dirt. So, a quick look on Pinterest — via my phone — led me to this color. Yes, I picked my paint color from Pinterest without testing it, but I think it turned out really pretty!
It’s all finished and it’s an amazing change, huh?!
- Contractor: Trace Ventures
- Designer: Beth Haley Design
- Exterior Sherwin Williams paint colors (all are No VOC): Brick, 7568 Neutral Ground; Trim: 7046 Anonymous; Doors: 7048 Urbane Bronze
- Roof shingles: Weathered Wood
- Interior Sherwin Williams paints (all No VOC, Harmony): Trim: 7012 Creamy, semi-gloss; Walls: Natural Choice, eggshell; Breakfast room wall: Chalkboard Paint; Ceilings: Reserved White, flat; Doors: Urbane Bronze, semi-gloss.
- Kitchen Cabinet paint color: Benjamin Moore Storm Cloud Gray.
- Floor stain: Dark Walnut by Minwax, with the note to “raise grain in hardwoods before staining.”
- Tile in kitchen: Bright Snow White Subway Tile from Home Depot
- Granite: Giallo Santa Cecilia
- Tile on walls in bathrooms: Polished Biscuit 3″ x 6″ Subway Tile supplied by Emser.
- Tile on floor in downstairs bath: Alaska Matte 12″ x 24″ Double Loaded Porcelain, Pietra del Nord in Alaska Matte.
This home is now on the market! Click here to see this listing at FridrichandClark.com