When doing house flipping, there are certain things that just make a house stand-out! …and make me smile:) Here are 5 of my favorite elements of design from the last year (or so)!
1. Posts– I love, love, love these porch posts and the possibilities they afford! This was one of the most satisfying projects I have ever completed. I was so excited to get to paint the turned posts in the first and last photo. I have always admired houses that had details like this. The middle set of posts were more challenging. I know they look more simple, but because they are very old and had many layers of paint on them, it was hard to paint a straight line where the different colors touch. I just felt very creative and artistic when I was done with these elements of design!
2. Tile floors- Tile floors can add so much personality to a house. The first photo shows 18″ tiles; they are sooooo heavy, that if I use them again, I’M not carrying them in 🙂 The floor in the second picture is an awesome carerra marble in a classic pattern. The 3rd floor is a wood-look tile plank with a hidden surprise underneath; a heated mat so your toes are always toasty!
3) Islands/Peninsulas-Islands/Peninsulas are awesome!! They just make a kitchen so much more functional (and pretty!!). The first island is composed of three cabinets with a top that includes room for stools. The second island started life as a desk!! My hubby took an old desk and literally built around it, using the desk as a foundation for the island. I love how it turned out. It is made up of pine boards. The base is stained a translucent white and the top is stained to match the floor. We then used a marine grade varnish to protect the wooden top from moisture and add a high gloss finish.
The peninsula is from my Frankenhouse to Fabulous Flip series. The house was originally configured like this, and with the addition of a beam to strengthen the opening, this peninsula rocks!!
4) Steps-Steps aren’t just for getting from one floor to another. They can be a serious element of design. The first set of steps were opened up an additional 4 inches by removing layer after layer of wall treatments. When we walked into this house, the wall on the left was even with the edge of the trim. That doesn’t sound like much, but it made a complete difference in the “feel” of the steps. We had the steps straightened out and added the new, modern railing.
The second set of steps were calling out for a completely different treatment. We removed the carpeting, sanded and stained the treads and hand railing, and painted the risers and spindles. It’s a classic look that never goes out of style.
This last picture may not look like much to you, but between the carpeting, fixing the ceiling and the addition of 2 recessed lights, this set of steps has made an amazing turn around for this house!
5) Open concept– They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but check out these old houses and how awesome they look without interior walls! The first two photos show houses we have done with the living/dining/kitchen all together. The last photo shows a huge living room, and if you look at the top left of the photo you can see where we removed a wall to open up the kitchen to the living area.
Bonus- Of course I can’t leave you without giving you a bonus element of design. This is a fun one that adds sparkle to your life. Crystal chandeliers are probably the thing I have the most fun choosing and buying. All 3 of these chandeliers were right around the $100 mark or less and all came from Overstock.com. Check out the full remodel of the dining room with the crystal chandelier here, the dining room with the cool table here and the last dining room here.
So, that wraps up my Top 5 Favorite Elements of Design! What’s your favorite element of design in your own house?
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