Design ON POINTE: Winter 2017


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In our winter 2017 newsletter, we debuted “Design On Pointe,” a short article that features an outstanding design feature in a Pointe Marin home.

We showed you a photo (above) of the beautiful new woodwork at the Marshall’s house in Pointe Marin. Dave and Jen were so nice to let us in to take pictures (which were with my phone, so I apologize they aren't up to our typical standards!)

The Marshalls installed batten and board paneling in the family room to create a stunning statement wall.  The room already had drama because of the 2-story ceiling, but the woodwork really gave the room a “wow factor,” not to mention a higher-end feel.

We sold this house back in 2009, when the Marshalls bought it, so we have some of the "Before" photos! Here is the family room before:

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What a difference, don't you think? The new flooring and woodwork add so much character.

The Marshall’s house is full of design improvements that would add value to any house. So feel free to use these ideas in your own home, or let them inspire you to experiment with design!

Here are some of the other things they’ve done:

1. Added casings to previously plain windows and doorways. Builders don’t always trim out windows and doorways. Trim (done well, meaning to the scale of the house and with some continuity throughout) enhances architectural interest in a room. This is a project you’d need to hire a contractor to do unless you are really handy.



Pointe Marin house

Pointe Marin house

As you can see above, the Marshalls went with more elaborate wood trim in the main living areas, but in their son’s room, for example, this simpler design (below) cost $200 per window.


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2. Dressed up their dining room with batten and board paneling.  An otherwise plain room has a beautiful, upgraded look now. The crown molding, wood floors  and a new light fixture definitely helped too!

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Here is what the dining room used to look like:

Pointe Marin house

3. Turned their builder-grade bathroom into a fun, eye-catching bathroom.
This is a Jack-and-Jill bathroom that had maple cabinets with a natural finish. The Marshalls removed the builder mirror and installed the ship lap paneling themselves. The new mirrors are from Ikea and Jen transformed the original cabinets with glaze and chalk paint.

Pointe Marin house

Pointe Marin house


3. Re-imagined the living room. What before was just an afterthought of a room is now a show stopper when you enter the house.

An on-trend, oversized light fixture makes a big impression here! Jen repeated the look with similar but smaller light fixtures in the adjacent hall.

Pointe Marin house

Here is what the living room looked like when they bought the house. The crown molding was there, but no trim around the windows and everything was beige.

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4. Updated their kitchen for 2017. Colors and looks change about every ten years, and the trend now is white kitchens (vs browns of the Tuscan Trend of 2000-2010 roughly). 

To refresh their kitchen’s look, Jen had her cabinets painted white and installed cabinet hardware. She added a tile backplash too. This was a huge value add, and if you are want to make a change (especially if you are thinking of selling in the next couple of years), updating the look of your kitchen cabinets is well worth it.

Swapping out the beige floor tile for wood floors also enhanced the look and added value to this home.

Pointe Marin house

Below is the "before" photo. The cabinets and appliances stayed the same. The changes are with paint, flooring, back splash and pendant lights. The priciest changes would have been cabinets and counter tops, and again, those stayed.

Pointe Marin house

 

Have questions about the improvements you see here? Call us 415-725-1911

If you are thinking of selling and want help deciding on the "right" upgrades to make, please call us today! 415-725-1911 


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