Vivian Gunnerengen, Interior Designer – NCIDQ Certified # 016452

Vivian Gunnerengen, Interior Designer – NCIDQ Certified # 016452

Renovated to Sell: Inside a Home Makeover That Paid Off

A six-figure price tag for a renovation allowed this home to push into the million-dollar mark at resale.

Renovation budget: $232,525
Profit/return after renovations: $67,475

The goal: “To create an open, airy, welcoming space that could be felt the moment you walked through the door.  Renovators hoped to make the home feel “new” again. All rooms had carpet and popcorn ceilings removed, new baseboards and luxury vinyl flooring installed, door handles replaced, shelves and closets repainted and windows professionally cleaned.

What was done:

Opening up the spaces: Part of a wall between the dining area and the kitchen was removed to provide greater openness.

BEFORE:

Living room before renovation

Photo courtesy: Freemodel

AFTER:

Living room after renovation

Photo courtesy: Aerial Canvas

Infusing soft, contrasting colors: Warm grays and whites were used throughout the interiors, including warm gray flooring in the bathroom and a white linen cabinet and vanity. A warm gray paint on the kitchen cabinets served as a contrast against the blond luxury vinyl plank flooring. Also, “the choice of medium gray grout color compliments the light veins found on the kitchen quartz countertops..

BEFORE:

Bedroom before renovation

Photo courtesy: Freemodel

AFTER:

Bedroom after renovation

Photo courtesy: Aerial Canvas

Kitchen redo: The oak kitchen was changed to gray. The original kitchen cabinets were well-maintained and in good condition, so they were only refaced with Shaker-style cabinet doors.. New kitchen hardware was installed as well as new countertops and backsplash.

BEFORE:

Before kitchen renovation

Photo courtesy: Freemodel

AFTER:

Kitchen after renovation

Photo courtesy: Aerial Canvas

Laundry room updates: Laundry rooms are big selling points. All the existing cabinetry and shelving was removed, and new custom cabinets, shelves and rods were installed along with a quartz countertop and backsplash.

BEFORE:

Laundry room before renovation

Photo courtesy: Freemodel

AFTER:

Laundry room after renovation

Photo courtesy: Aerial Canvas

Eco-friendly design: “We also went with environmentally friendly updates, such as energy efficient appliances and LED lighting throughout the whole house, which are more sustainable and cost-effective in the long run.

Curvy touches: “We went with curves throughout the house, which can be seen in the choice of lighting fixtures and cabinet pulls, adding softness and sophistication to the space.

BEFORE:

Curvy design before renovation

Photo courtesy: Freemodel

AFTER:

Curvy Design

Photo courtesy: Aerial Canvas

Bathroom overhaul: Bathrooms can be high ROI areas within a home. A wall between one bathroom and a linen closet was removed to make the bathroom appear larger. A new bathtub, tile walls and luxury vinyl tile flooring were installed as well as other finishing touches like new baseboards, hardware and a vanity mirror.

BEFORE:

Bathroom before renovation

Photo courtesy: Freemodel

AFTER:

Bathroom after renovation

Photo courtesy: Aerial Canvas

Vivian of VivianG Design

My passion for creativity started in my childhood days in Norway. Whether it was rearranging my bedroom furniture or changing color schemes – this is when it all started.

Merging design and real estate to create a positive and unique experience. Homes by VivianGDesign specializes in new builds, remodels and investment properties. VGD will help you find the right builder or the perfect fixer upper as your realtor, then transform and bring the home to life as your interior designer.

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