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Kitchen and Living Room Update and Remodel

Kitchen and Living Room Update and Remodel

In 2011, this two bedroom 815 sq. ft. home languished on the market because of its boring floor plan and poor condition. A savy investor and a tasteful remodel turned it into a hot property, almost overnight.

Older homes frequently have nice features like cove ceilings, wood floors, and mature trees. Older homes are also more likely to have small rooms and more walls. Not conducive to the way we like to live now. Removing a wall, updating a kitchen and pulling up carpet created a total transformation.

When remodeling a home to sell, it's a good idea to consult a realtor familiar with the area to make sure you don't spend more money on the remodel than you can hope to recover.

Living Room Before

Living Room After


  • Two walls were removed to make a spacious and inviting living space. The ceiling shows the location of the original walls.
  • Those beautiful hardwood floors were hiding under shabby carpet.
  • New windows are more energy efficient and attractive.
  • Walls were painted Benjamin Moore "Hazy Skies," a Pottery Barn pick for 2011.
  • Professional staging suggests the possibilities for living in this updated home.

Living Room from Kitchen Before

Living Room from Kitchen After


  • Removing two walls creates an open floor plan.
  • Kitchen floor tile was pulled up and replaced with new wood for a continuous floor surface.
  • A kitchen island with Cambria slab counters, pendant lighting and the latest in cabinet hardware provides a functional workspace.

Kitchen from Living Room Before

Kitchen from Living Room After


  • The former laundry was enclosed in a tiny walled space near the back door. Now the laundry is in the closet to the left of the island and the kitchen gets more light and space.
  • New cabinets, counters, decorator tile back-splash, stainless steel appliances, updated lighting and the latest pull-down kitchen faucet complete the look.
  • For details on finishes chosen for the kitchen see kitchen update and remodel.

Now this totally renovated and luxurious living space has all the advantages of a new home, the charm of the original home, and the bonus of being on the edge of Denver's hottest neighborhood, the Highlands.

The Results?

Under contract in one week! Before we even had time to put up a sign or get all the switch plates on the walls, we had an offer. Beautiful and functional homes sell in any market.

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Bathroom Update and Remodel

A beautiful new bathroom complements this kitchen and living room update and remodel. See the details.

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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.