Before the Renovation
|During the Renovation|
When I preview homes I often don’t see what is right in front of me, but rather what could potentially be right in front of me. My imagination gets ignited the minute I walk in. Depending on the style of the home, I start to visualize the colors I would work with to breathe new life into what many times can be either a dull or lifeless decor. From there my creativity jumps to a floor plan and I imagine how I would position the furniture so that it might feel more open and inviting.
I need all 5 senses involved in this process. Sometimes I need to touch the walls, the furnishings and/or accessories to literally get a “better feel.” Each house smells differently and each home houses its own sounds.
What is challenging is that when I bring buyers to the very homes that I am so excited about, they often have trouble seeing the same potential and can really only see what is right in front of them. When I offer specific ideas on how the home can be styled more to their tastes their faces appear blank.
Home buyers today want what they want, how they want it. When I bought my 1930’s center hall colonial 15 years ago I fell in love. Making it my own is a passion I am still passionate about. It will never be “done,” but rather an ongoing reflection of our lives in it.
Last week we finally got to the kitchen. It was an eyesore from the start, but we had placed more emphasis on our living room, 2 family rooms, master bedroom and saved the kitchen for last. It is no fun to live through a renovation, but I don’t see what is in front of me, but what will soon be there.