Last week marked the six month date of when we started remodeling the house we bought in Las Vegas, looking back we’ve accomplished a lot given it’s been a ‘back and forth across state lines’ process but we’ve loved every minute! From the beginning, we’ve approached this renovation as a full overhaul since the home had been neglected for years. Over the past six months we’ve made a lot of progress and done much to improve the interior to add value to the property. Everything needed fixed or updated and since we’re in town for limited periods of time, we’ve hired help to speed the process along.
The house is 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and what we liked about it was situated in a desirable planned community (Summerlin for those familiar with Las Vegas). Our whole goal has been to modernize the home so that it’s fresh and contemporary and make timeless choices. While I’m injecting my personal taste I still want the home to appeal to a large market someday. We furnished it so that we can enjoy it while were there, saving us the expense of staying at a hotel or imposing on our family in the area.
Let’s start in the entry… in the beginning there was old tile and dingy carpet on the stairs. We replaced the mismatched flooring and upgraded the lighting. The hardware and light fixtures were upgraded to ones with an oil rubbed bronze finish, a nice contrast with the white smooth textured walls. (Find the entry and hallway light fixtures from Lamps Plus here and here.)
We debated whether to carpet the stairs or refinish with wood treads, I prefer the latter but Matt pointed out that many families prefer carpet since wood and tile can be a slipping hazard with little kids. I had to agree, as much as I’m dying to add wood treads it made sense to carpet for now, if we had plans to keep the house for 5+ years I’d definitely add wood treads and white risers like we did years ago in our California home but for now it’s staying carpeted. The handrails is also acceptable so no plans to change that either.
In the living room (opposite the entry) we hired help to remove the second story popcorn ceilings and also hired help to retexture the walls. We removed the balloon window treatments, replaced the 25 year old windows, and replaced the flooring.
Here is the space we consider a bonus room when we bought the house, just off the living room and kitchen. It was originally considered a formal dining room but in my opinion better used as a home office. For now we refer to it as the “sunroom” since it’s a sunny space with a nice view of the backyard.
It serves no purpose other than storage for now, but I may stage it with a desk in the future. It has new tile floors which replaced the old carpet and also no longer has popcorn ceilings. We removed the old light fixture and replaced the windows, the walls were textured and repainted. Right now its only purpose is home to the kitchen’s upper cabinets.
Speaking of, here is the kitchen in July when we started.
Since we took ownership we’ve removed the wallpaper, replaced the florescent box lighting with recessed cans (and pendants over the peninsula), removed all the cabinets and countertops, and updated the flooring with porcelain wood tile.
Here’s a peek at kitchen in progress, last week the cabinets arrived from Cliq Studios, the lower cabinets are a gorgeous gray blue, the upper cabinets are white. (See the full kitchen plan with links to products in this post).
There is MUCH to do in this space, we hired a finish carpenter to help with the cabinet install since precision is so important and there are a few custom modifications that need to be made. We’ve also need to purchase appliances, hunt down the perfect countertop and backsplash, and install the new pendants over the peninsula.
In the family room, we replaced the flooring with the porcelain wood tile, scraped the popcorn ceilings, updated the lighting, replaced the windows and slider, and furnished with a teal blue sectional.
We keep meaning to tile the fireplace, build a mantel, and add a media center to the right but haven’t yet. Still, the filled in niche, new floors, and smooth textured walls are an improvement!
Read about the before and after here.
Here is the smallest front bedroom upstairs with a mountain view where we’ve created a kids’ room.
In this bedroom we replaced the carpet and removed the old mini blinds, replacing them with new plantation shutters. We also changed the door hardware and moved in bunk beds from California that used to live in my daughter’s room. This is where the children sleep when we’re in town. I added a graphic print indoor/outdoor rug from Target to protect the new carpet. Blankets and sheets also from Target.
We replaced ALL the baseboards and ALL the outlets and ALL the hardware in the entire home too, something that’s not very exciting to blog about and takes a lot of time but necessary and worth it since the old trim was damaged, the outlets were yellowed, and the old doorknobs were all shiny brass.
The second upstairs bedroom hasn’t received much attention beyond new carpet… my parents gave us the bed and mattress and longtime readers might recognize the nightstand but not much else has happened in here but it will get a new ceiling fan and some bedding and window treatments, stay tuned.
We furnished the master bedroom for ourselves, find the links to the furnishings and fabrics in this space here.
Some of you have inquired what our intentions are with this home. It’s not a flip in the sense we’re in any hurry to sell. We purchased it as an investment at an excellent price and have always planned on keeping it through the end of 2015 while we made improvements over time. Our hope is that it will appreciate in value this year but you never know what will happen with the market. We can’t rent it out right now, but we’re considering it for the future and even looking at purchasing another property in the neighborhood since we love the area and the renovation process. Time will tell!
The necessary improvements that remain are finishing the kitchen, master bathroom, and hall bathroom, which I’ll blog about as they happen. I gave the laundry room a makeover over the Christmas break, I’ll share that tomorrow!
A few outdoor improvements have to happen too. The largest expense we face is the pool in the backyard which is in terrible shape. We collected bids and finally hired a contractor. In February it will be retiled and given fresh plaster. It’s been neglected for over ten years and is a costly improvement but necessary. Reveal coming in spring!