The Ash House, looking pretty
Time to share more photos of the Ash House remodel, which is moving right along–just waiting on the windows!
Once the contractor’s team got the lovely white shaker-style cabinets in, and installed the usual lighting he puts in houses, we took a hard look at the interior. Something just wasn’t as good as it could be. And that was the paint and lighting. We do want to have a standard look and feel to our houses, but at the same time, we want to bring out the best in each house we work on.
The color we did most of the interior in is a very pale gray, almost white. With all that white cabinetry, the few accent walls we had put in didn’t seem like enough. It was a sea of white. Yes, white is very popular right now, but in this case it came across bland rather than “clean-lined and modern.” So, we bit the bullet and put in a change order to paint the kitchen walls a medium gray, and paint the very long wall of wood paneling the darker color as well. We know the house will lighten up once the windows are in (the old ones are covered in paint, so not much light comes through).
The kitchen cabinets (above) now really stand out against the darker color, and the counter tops (coming very soon) will balance the room out nicely.
And look at that long wall, at right. It’s known that dark colors recede, and sure enough, that darker wall makes both the family room (shown) and the living room look bigger.
And wow, did slightly nicer lighting make the dining and front office area look better. The style fits in well with the 60s vibe of the house’s exterior and interior. We’re going to have matching fixtures in the other parts of the interior, as well.
Thanks to our partner, Larry, for sending us these nice photos! We’re glad we took another look and tweaked the house just a bit.
And like they always say, “it’s just paint!” If a buyer doesn’t like the colors, they can change them. It’s still a neutral canvas for people to imagine their furnishings and possessions in, which is the goal in a renovation. All the kitchen and bath surfaces are white or gray, and the floor is a really beautiful gray wood-look laminate. We did reluctantly veto our impulse to paint the long wooden wall a pumpkin color. See, I do have restraint.
By the way, are you tempted to sell?
Are you one of our readers who would love to see their house transformed like this? Perhaps you need to move, but don’t have the time or skill to remodel the house you’ve been in a long time, even though you realize it’s “dated.” Perhaps you just can’t keep up with your payments. Perhaps you own a house that’s not in great shape and you’d like to cash out and move on to some other project. Visit our website for folks who’d like to sell their house, hermitsbuyhouses.com, and we’ll send you some useful information about your options. And if you want to work with us, we’d be happy to talk to you, any time.