We try to find ways of fighting off the aging of our faces and bodies with simple cosmetic solutions; dying our hair, wearing Spanx 24/7, going to the gym, eating a healthier diet, and for all the people who pretend to not have anything done (we know who you are) the ever popular Botox injections.
Plastic surgery is the ultimate facial and body renovation, but not too many people want to pay for it or go under the knife. Botox injections are more economical.
Let’s begin with the obvious: If you decide to do any type of renovation or Botox Renovations™, you may need to pull permits if you are adding electrical or moving the plumbing. Check with your town before you begin any renovation project.
Let me be a Debbie Downer for a minute….
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I meet clients selling their homes and they are so proud of all the new DIY updates that they did by themselves or they hired a contractor who said he would do the work without a permit. The problem is you can do all types of renovation projects all by your lonesome,without permits,but the moment you try to sell your home you will be introduced to the Residential Property Disclosure form. If you do any additional electrical ,building(finish a basement,add an addition), or plumbing without asking your township if you needed a permit, and find out that you did need a permit, you will be fined a lot more money than what it would cost you to obtain a permit. If you know you are going to be selling your home down the road, do your homework before you renovate! Sometimes nasty Mr. Home Inspector will have you take it down or pay the penalty.…
Let’s move on to Botox Renovations™
- Fresh coat of paint or new wallpaper. Paint with a noVOC paint to go green.
Did she just say wallpaper? Yes, wallpaper is still a new “old idea”. Wallpaper is very popular now. It also hides all the bad sponge painting we did in the 90’s. Just remember to prime your walls and match the sizing color to your wallpaper, so you can hide the seams.
- Repaint, reface,or change cabinet doors. Repaint good quality wood cabinets. If you must remove them; put them in your garage, basement or donate the cabinets!
Here all the cabinets and hood have been given a prime coat prior to painting them.
|Before-This 1890’s kitchen has beautiful dark cherry cabinets but my client wanted them repainted. We repainted in a cream color with a light chocolate glaze. We added new hardware to complete the Botox renovation™.|
- Add new hardware to existing cabinets.
- Add molding to existing cabinets.
- Add a new backsplash in the kitchen or new tile in the bathroom.
- Update the interiors of your cabinets with easy storage solutions.
- Refinish hardwood floors, clean the floor tiles and the grout, and if your floors are level, you can add peel and stick tiles over the old floors. I say this because we now need to worry about asbestos in older homes and the best way to deal with it is to leave it alone. If the floor is in good shape, but has ugly linoleum, cover it.When in doubt, call a professional.If there is any hint of asbestos in your home, it will stop your project in a New York minute.Permits will be required to handle and dispose of it.
- Upgrade your countertops with granite, silestone, quartz and the best green product-concrete.
- Upgrade your lighting or add more lighting. When you add more lighting and electrical work, permits need to be pulled. All bathrooms and kitchens require GFI outlets today.
- Add crown moldings to the ceiling. Add coffered ceiling details. Any architectural work done on the home increases it’s value.
- Replace cabinets,lighting,appliances,bathroom fixtures,flooring,and add more molding all in the same footprint without moving the plumbing and electrical. Please check with your township to see if you need permits. Some towns are fine with updating in the same footprint, others want your first born child.
We increased or moved the lights and added GFIs. However, all were done in half the time(less than 6 weeks) and we saved money by not moving the plumbing and existing electrical..
Issue:The client moved into a townhouse with a Peach colored master bathroom. One large mirrored medicine cabinet, corian countertops, and one track of lights in the middle.
Solution:We used the cabinet base, but installed new granite, undermount sinks, new faucets, 2 separate mirrors, 2 vanity lights, and repainted with a cream striped effect. (Just polyurethane every other stripe)
Issue: Client loved the neighborhood but hated this kitchen. We completely renovated it in the same footprint.
Solution:Pickled maple cabinets and white appliances were all in good shape but donated for charity projects. Cabinets were placed in the garage and in the basement workshop.
Removed the half wall separating the kitchen and the eating area. Added all new stainless steel appliances,new natural cherry cabinets, granite, new tile, paint, and new recirculating hood over the gas range. The cabinets with the sink all opened to the eating area for access from both sides. We also added more recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, and completely opened up the kitchen.
Solution: We removed and the appliances and cabinets and donated them to a charity. Removed the knee wall that separated the kitchen and eating area to open it up and create a visually larger kitchen.Installed cherry cabinets, high end appliances, new granite counter top and added extra storage to the kitchen by having base cabinets that opened into the eating area of the kitchen. Increased the lighting by adding more recessed lights, under cabinet lighting, and pendant lighting over the sink.
Repurpose the old cabinets and donate your appliances to charities in your area if they are in good shape. It is great to recycle!