Designing in Stages – Step 2

Designing in Stages – Step 2

I previously posted about working with a client to update her lakeside home with new furnishings and finishes.  (Designing in Stages – Step 1)

This was a very special project because it started when my client had made the decision to make changes with her home after the loss of her husband.  Changes to a home can be emotional after a loss but can also be helpful and even therapeutic in the transition to their new reality.

Here is the rest of the story…

As we were wrapping up with the first part of the project, my client started dreaming about a 3 season porch and deck to extend her living/entertaining space.  It was something that she’d had in mind for some time and she found that the time was right to move forward with it.

We started by taking some measurements and doing up some drawings to see how everything would look before connecting with AZER Renovations to get estimates.

Our goal was to keep the views of the lake with lots of windows and include cozy furnishings for family and friends to relax in while visiting.

Exterior Deck Before

The sliders and windows above were all to remain in place while a new, enclosed deck was constructed.  While the work was underway, we refined the furniture plans and went shopping.

Furniture Plan for 3 Season Porch

This time, we worked with Stephanie at Coastal Furniture on Dover Point.  She was great about showing my client pieces that fit her requirements, were super comfortable and she eventually ordered a combination of traditional pieces and rattan.  Here are the fabrics and wall color we pulled together:

Furniture Fabrics & Wall Color

The finishing touches were completed in the space…including a gorgeous pickled paint ceiling treatment and arched windows throughout:

Pickled Paint Treatment on Ceiling

Large Arched Windows with Views of the Lake & Deck

Small Arched Side Windows to let in the Sunlight

Now, there is plenty of room for visiting, relaxing and even the option of sleeping on this beautiful porch that overlooks the lake.

Cushy Chairs Around the Windows

Additional Storage Closet with Conversational Seating

Sleeper Sofa with Existing Trunk

It’s so great to help homeowners update their spaces but more important to me is being a part of the personal transitions that they go through in the process.  Its projects like this one that remind me that it is my purpose in life to help others through a part of their life’s journey and I treasure every moment of it.

 

RESOURCES:

COASTAL FURNITURE – http://coastalfurniturenh.com/

304 Dover Point Road
Dover, NH
(603) 749-0808

 

AZER RENOVATIONS – http://www.azerrenovations.com/home/

Chris Pike & Eric Bygd

Newmarket NH, 03857 | 603 534 3946

MATTHEW YEATON PHOTOGRAPHY – http://www.myp-realestate.com/

North Berwick, ME

Phone:  603-312-3252

 

New Year – New Adventures

New Year – New Adventures

Happy New Year!!  Parker House Designs has officially embarked on our 2015 adventure and are excited to have you along for the ride.  We’ll be sharing our stories and projects (complete with Before & After pictures) with you over the coming months.

My husband and I took the leap into the world of investments a few short months ago.  It’s been a dream for some time but we hadn’t expected it to come along for a couple more years.  You know, when the kids were both in college and we were “ready” to take on the role of landlords and/or maintenance workers.  Ha!  Don’t they say that the best laid plans often go awry.  When a great opportunity showed itself, we took the leap.

So, here is a picture of our 1910 gem…she’s a little rough around the edges but she is undergoing some exterior renovations to become more energy-efficient along with some fresh paint (in the Spring) to show off the unique architectural features on her face:

Building 1 Building 3

The building is located in the center of town and was a commercial building next to the railroad route that ran through the Lakes Region Area years ago.  One of the items on the To Do list is to connect with our local Historical Society to learn more about the property.  We’ve heard through the grapevine that one of the storefronts was the first postal location in town so I look forward to getting the scoop.  I’ll be sure to share what I learn along the way!

As I thought about how this process has been wild, overwhelming and a little scary, I realized that these are the same feelings that many of my clients have.  They are worried about the unknown when they are trying to update their homes or are trying to sell their homes to move onto their next phase of life.  In every case, when they made the decision to move forward, break away from their anxieties and embraced the change, they flourished and met their goals.  I’m so grateful for being a part of this special evolution.  This is where my theme for 2015 comes from:

Embracing Change = Positive Growth

What’s new in your world?  What changes are you going to embrace in 2015?

 

Home Staging 101:  The 90%

Home Staging 101: The 90%

Did you know that only 10% of people, including your perspective buyers, are able to visualize how an empty room would look when furnished?  The same applies to rooms that have an overwhelming amount of furniture or distractions (clutter, personal items).

This means that 90% need to be “shown” how rooms would function for them in order for your listings to seen at an optimal level – both online and in person.

Master Bedroom

In this example the “before” photo was the first impression, seen in the online listing.  It was benign with no sense of space.  If buyers had moved beyond the online view, to do a physical walk through, they may have wondered:  “Will our furniture fit in here?” or better yet…”How?”.

With the addition of a bed it made it obvious to the buyers the a queen or king bed would fit in the room comfortably with plenty of room for dressers and more.  It softened the space and created a more inviting feel.  These are the emotions that you want to capitalize on when you are selling.  You want them to feel like they just walked into their new home.

Conversely, here is an example of a room with an abundance of furniture and busy patterns:

Before_After Craft Room

It was hard to “see” how spacious the room was because it had been filled with furnishings that were not in use.  It was recommended that the seller pack away their personal items and move the excess furniture pieces to storage to open up the room.  One end of the room is a great craft area, complete with an island and plenty of storage while this end of the room now shows a study space as well as a bedroom with the use of a futon.  It is very clear to buyers that this room is very versatile.

If you want your home to stand out among the competition, keep this statistic in mind as you prepare for your listing photo session and subsequent showings.  If you have 10 potential buyers come through your home, make sure that you are visually reaching all 10, not just 1 of them.  Your chances of receiving an offer will increase significantly if you are reaching everyone!

Repurposing Tip:  Skis to Usable Home Items

Repurposing Tip: Skis to Usable Home Items

In a recent post to the SUNDAY FUN PIX on Facebook, I posted a photo of an Adirondack chair that was made from recycled skis.  It was such a novel idea to have winter sports gear creating an item that we’d most likely use in the summer.  As we shift from Winter skiing to Spring skiing here in New Hampshire, I thought I’d post some other fun ideas I found to recycle old skis.

Vintage Ski Rack http://www.recycledskis.com/racks

Vintage Ski Rack
http://www.recycledskis.com/racks

This is probably a way many people have seen skis recycled.  I recommended it to clients a few years back for their mudroom and there is one like this in our local Orthodontic office.  The owner is a huge ski fan from Maine so it was a great way to let us know more about him, give his office a fun theme while providing a place to hang our coats.

Here are a couple coat racks that stand alone but are used for the same purpose – a little vintage and a little more modern.

Modern & Colorful

Modern & Colorful

On a smaller scale, some decor items to personalize your space.

Mug Rack from The Cabin Wall.com

Mug Rack from The Cabin Wall.com

Wine Rack from Forest Furniture Tahoe

Wine Rack from Forest Furniture Tahoe

The most unique way of recycling skis that I found was this chandelier made by Designer Willem Heeffer.

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Willem Heeffer Chandelier

Could you imagine using any of these repurposed ski projects in your own home?  If so, which room(s) and how?

Repurposing Tip:  Home Library

Repurposing Tip: Home Library

It is fascinating to me how some people can see multiple uses for one item while others see it for exactly what it is and what it is meant to do.

Here is an amazing example of repurposing tables of various sizes by Designer Isabel Quiroga that turns this plain wall into a Home Library and office space.

I love the different leg styles that allow for varying heights to hold all sizes of books and binders.  The possibilities with this arrangement are endless!  You could paint the tables different colors for a child’s bedroom or kids playroom or paint them all the same (as shown) with a contrasting color behind them.