Remodeled in Grand Terrace

TAKE A FRESH NEW LOOK AT THIS HONEY HILLS AREA HOME. ALL THE TOUGH WORK HAS BEEN DONE. IN 2012 IT WAS ENTIRELY REBUILT AND REMODELED (EXCEPT GARAGE). NEW ROOF, TRUSSES, YOU NAME IT. IT IS PERFECT FOR THOSE WHO NEED GENEROUS PARKING, AND EVEN HAS RV PARKING. THE LOT IS FULLY LANDSCAPED AND HAS SPRINKLERS. THE VIEW FROM THE HUGE GREAT ROOM IS VAST. THE PROPERTY IS NESTLED AT THE EAST ENTRANCE OF THE HIGHLY POPULAR HONEY HILLS AREA. GRAND TERRACE IS KNOWN FOR ITS QUIET HOME TOWN ATMOSPHERE AND EXEMPLIARY SCHOOLS. THIS HOME IS PRICED THOUSANDS BELOW OTHERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. PLEASE COME AND TAKE A WALK AROUND.

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Wonderful Community of Fairway Canyon in Beaumont!

IMMACULATE, TURN-KEY, OPEN CONCEPT Home in the wonderful Community of Fairway Canyon!(((TWO MASTER BEDROOMS each with En Suite Baths))) This Home welcomes you in with Dark Wood Laminate Flooring throughout the main floor. Open concept Formal Living Area, Family Room, Formal Dining Area, Eat in Kitchen. Downstairs offers Laundry ROOM with sink, plus a1/2 bath. Upstairs you will find a HUGE LOFT SPACE offering yet another area for living space or Game Area. Two of the Upstairs Bedrooms offer En Suite Baths, add two more bedrooms and another Full Bath, for a Total of 4 bedrooms and 3 Full Baths upstairs. Enjoy the yard because its DONE! Lush Grass, Several Fruit Trees, and Stamped Concrete Patio make a lovely yard for your family! Make it yours TODAY! This community offers access to a Pool, Spa, Gym. And is located near Tukwet Canyon Golf Course (a PGA Course) COMMUTER FRIENDLY located Right Off the 10 Freeway.

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Check out our totally remodeled stage steps away from Arrowhead Country Club!

Three bedrooms, two bath, sliding door to the backyard from master, brand new open kitchen, and a brand new garage. Complete with gorgeous backyard, a large pool, and a detached pool bathroom. Wont last long at this price!

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Historic Redlands Mansion

Staging historic renovations like this one is a DREAM come true for our team!! Walking inside this estate feels like a step back in time with all the glamor that Gastbys 1920s brought. This 9000 sq foot residence comes with all the modern amenities you would expect, but keeps the history and charm you want from a vintage Redlands estate. Secret passageways, a massive indoor pool, and a 2000 sq foot master suite are just a few reasons we LOVED staging this house! 

Herringbone Brick Floor? Yes, Please!!!

Thank you PortStone for such an amazing product! From the PortStone Facebook Page:

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Another listing SOLD on the first day above asking price!!

Our client was able to choose from multiple offers above asking price. Simply Staging combined with the marketing strategies from The Results Group from Keller Williams in Redlands turned out some awesome results. Call us today if you want to see these type of results!

Multi-generational New Construction Home

Don't miss out on this stunning new construction home built in the Flagstone Development by Pardee Homes in Beaumont. With almost 4000 sq feet, this residence has everything any family would ever need. Great for multiple generations looking to share one home. This home includes a separate entrance with a living room, kitchen, bath, and a bedroom which make it easy to accommodate a large family.

Staging Before and Afters on Sunset Drive

Staging this estate off historic Sunset Drive was so much fun!! Our team didn't want to leave after styling its 4000+ sq feet, 2 master suites, putting green, and vista views... 

Our company specializes in Luxury Home Staging. We can turn any space into a warm environment which buyers want to call their own. From Mid Century design to New Construction, from Historic Estates to Spanish Bungalows - our designs encompass all aesthetics. Please view our portfolio and see other staged projects.

Family Room - Before

Family Room - Before

Family Room - After

Family Room - After

Kitchen - Before

Kitchen - Before

Kitchen - After

Kitchen - After

Kitchen Nook - Before

Kitchen Nook - Before

Kitchen Nook - After

Kitchen Nook - After

Fireplace - Before

Fireplace - Before

Fireplace - After

Fireplace - After

Game Room - Before

Game Room - Before

Game Room - After

Game Room - After

The Eyes to See – The Kitchen

It still seems a little shocking to me that when we walked into our Historic Remodel project for the first time, we didn’t turn around and RUN out.  The house had suffered decades of neglect, and the previous owners had begun a restoration before running out of resources.  The house was not livable, and with an active family of five, how could we take on a major project to turn this old house into a home?  What were we thinking??!   But we couldn’t turn away, there was something about this house that reached out to us – even the kids agreed that they’d put up with the dislocation and chaos and hard work that renovation would require….after all, it would be kind of like camping, right?

It began with the kitchen with no appliances, no cabinets, no counters, nasty pink paint on the wall, disintegrating checkered tile…and a LOT of imagination. I educated myself on the wonderful world of crockpots and hotplates and envisioned our future stove top and oven. We began to dream up and engineer a place that would become the heart of our home.  My husband brought his engineering background and ability to learn new skills to the project.  I brought my design experience and willingness to live in an RV for (3) months in our own driveway.  We lovingly referred to that experience as living in 300 square feet of Hell…did I mention we have a large dog and 3 kids?

Here is a photographic timeline that gives you an idea of our first (months).  This is the “kitchen” as we found it.  No counters, no cabinets, little wall space to work with.  We had to come up with a layout that would work for a functional and modern kitchen.

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The kitchen flooring was one of our biggest issues.  The linoleum had been laid down decades ago and was very solidly glued to the underlying wood.  It proved impossible to get up without destroying the wood….and without a major effort to remove every ancient tile!!

Here I am "supervising" the Kitchen Demo...

Here I am "supervising" the Kitchen Demo...

We chose to go with a glazed cabinets from J&K Cabinetry. http://www.jandkcabinetry.com. The cabinets are all wood and super affordable- giving you that custom cabinet look for a prefab price.

 

Once the kitchen cabinets and marble countertops were installed it really opened the area up from the kitchen to the formal dining room.  I love the view it creates all the way to the back of the house! We debated on marble vs. granite vs quartz, and ended up with Carrera marble, a decision we were very happy with.  It was wonderful to use and the look was definitely of the period, a traditional nod to our modern update. 

We designed a desk/computer area into the scheme.

We designed a desk/computer area into the scheme.

One of the toughest problems confronting us was how to finish the floor once we removed those nasty vinyl tiles.  The wood beneath was irreparable, so after reviewing many materials we settled on a brick product that would meet all our requirements – durable because it would get LOTS of traffic, compatible with the look and feel of the house, and something that we could put down ourselves.  We decided to lay it in a Herringbone pattern diagonally, which adds interest and breaks up the linear flow of the space.  That’s John’s dad bringing his years of engineering experience to put that puzzle together!  For more info on flooring product check out    http://www.portstone.com/portstone_website_1_001.htm

When in doubt go HERRINGBONE!! Its a traditional classic look that will never go out of style (kinda like those subway tiles we all LOVE.)  

When in doubt go HERRINGBONE!! Its a traditional classic look that will never go out of style (kinda like those subway tiles we all LOVE.)  

To create more useful space and a less formal eating area, we built in banquette seating at the back end of the kitchen.  The space was finally coming together!!

To create more useful space and a less formal eating area, we built in banquette seating at the back end of the kitchen.  The space was finally coming together!!

Grab your staple gun, upholstery foam, favorite fabric, glass of wine,  and make yourself some DIY cushions. It took a couple hours and makes all the difference!

Grab your staple gun, upholstery foam, favorite fabric, glass of wine,  and make yourself some DIY cushions. It took a couple hours and makes all the difference!

...and a view from the formal dining area looking back to the kitchen.

...and a view from the formal dining area looking back to the kitchen.

Looking at it now brings such sweet memories for John and me, times with our three beautiful children and a big furry sheepadoodle, friends and family celebrations, homework sessions, cooking projects. 

It started with eyes to see what could be.

 

Here is the color I used on the walls - Pale Oak OC-20 Benjamin Moore

I fell in love with this wrought iron and crystal chandelier from Overstock (they sell a sneakily similar version on Pottery Barn for 3 times the price!) and have used it in many of my design projects since: 

Our glazed cabinets and marble counters were purchased and installed by Expert Hardwood Floors

One last shot, standing at the back of the kitchen and enjoying the view all the way through the dining room to the front of the house. 

One last shot, standing at the back of the kitchen and enjoying the view all the way through the dining room to the front of the house. 

Saying Goodbye to Our Grand Old Lady

We lived in our beautiful Victorian-era (1882) home for three wonderful years.  We found her in a depressed and dilapidated condition, and with lots of sweat, and on a steep learning curve, we transformed her into the proud and glorious lady she once was.  Saying goodbye was very hard, especially for the kids who had grown up and down on her stairways and played hide-and-seek in the wonderful secret spaces an old house shares with her children.   We all shed some tears as we said goodbye and backed down the long drive for the last time, with a great many memories that will stay with us always.  She will always be our first house-love!

We have many photos of our journey, I thought I’d share a few of the before and after shots so you can see how the transformation took place.  We faced lots of challenges, and maybe some of the things we discovered will inspire you to tackle your own space. 

Dilemma:  To Paint or Not to Paint?

Before:  Here’s the foyer leading to the main staircase (on the left); note the gorgeous woodwork and paneling, the hand-crafted newel posts and caps, and the 6-inch baseboards.  Oh, and the dark green paint on the walls.

The entryway was WAY too dark, so the job was to lighten the space up. Painting the walls a lighter color would help, but the amount of dark wood was overwhelming in the small space.  Did we dare paint over this historic craftsmanship?

The answer: Yes, we dared!  But with careful consideration to keeping as much of the original woodwork exposed as possible, and being very selective as to what we chose to color.  Here’s John at the beginning of the entryway project. 

Here you can see our stairway progress mid-way.  Note the paint going onto the spindles but not the bannister nor the newel posts and intricately carved caps. 

We also painted the kick boards below each stair step.  Interestingly, the white paint, judiciously used, really sets off the beautiful grains and colors of the wood.  Refinishing the exposed wood with a walnut finish highlighted the hand hewn wood carvings and accentuated the stunning wood grain. 

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And now…. After!  You can see what a difference the use of paint makes, while preserving the beauty of the woodwork and original craftsmanship. 

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With the addition of lighting fixtures and mirrors to reflect the natural light coming in from the windows, the foyer and staircase now make for a light, bright and elegant invitation into the house.