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1945 Cottage Remodel

1945 Cottage Remodel

in Denver, Colorado's Villa Park Neighborhood

(Note: This home was remodeled in Spring of 2011)

Many sad little homes are on the market because of the mortgage crisis. Neglected, damaged, dirty...some are so dreary it's hard to imagine just how charming they could be.

Cottage Before

Cottage After

Exterior Details

  • Old metal porch awning was replaced by a new, custom wood arbor.
  • Siding was painted Sherwin Williams Straw Harvest, a warm, soft, sunny color different from anything else on the street.
  • Trim is Sherwin Williams Dover White.
  • Front door was painted Sherwin Williams Raisin, a rich, sassy shade that complements the new exterior.
  • Screen door was removed.
  • Eliminating the old fence, adding fresh grass, border plants, and bark gives new life to this home and a sneak preview of exciting changes inside.

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Interior Details:

  • Wall to kitchen was cut away to allow for a peninsula and to make the space feel bigger.
  • The window next to the floor-to-ceiling cabinets was hidden under drywall. Opened up, the sunshine pours in!
  • The dining room light fixture in the middle of the living room ceiling was removed and replaced with four can lights.
  • Original oak floors were sanded and stained Red Mahogany. Buyers were excited about dark floors at the time.
  • Walls were painted Sherwin Williams Bungalow Beige.
  • Trim is a warm Sherwin Williams white called Cotton Balls.
  • Amber pendants add drama to the living room and the kitchen.

Kitchen and Living Room After

This is a view you couldn't see before because you were in a dark kitchen looking at a wall. Now living room and kitchen integrate seamlessly for our modern way of living. Before and After of the kitchen remodel.

The Results?

Three offers in under a month, at a time when homes in the area were not selling.

What Can I Do with this Room?
A large room off the back of this kitchen was previously used as a bedroom. Not ideal as a bedroom, because everyone walked through it to get to the back yard. When remodeling a home for resale, help the buyer imagine the possibilities.

Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel
Remodeling doesn't have to break the bank. Creativity goes a long way in transforming the bathrooms in this 1945 Cottage Remodel.

Sell Your Home for More Money
If your home is in sad shape and you can't afford to do any remodeling, see what paint and new carpet can do. This homeowner got $10,000 more for her home.

Which Home Improvements Pay Off? Basic maintenance, such as the roof and exterior painting, are frequently more important than an awesome kitchen.

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Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.

Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.