I highly recommend easyclosets.com. Using their 3D online software, I designed the layout of the entry and bedroom wall closets to maximize their limited space. It was a lot of fun. Then, a design consultant reviewed my plans with me over the phone. (I thought that step was going to be all about the up-sell, but it wasn't.) Everything arrived in flat boxes. Andy installed them in a day and was impressed with the quality. All in, they cost about $1,500. But Realtor Mark said custom closet systems are compulsory for their impact when showing, ROI when selling.
Tip: Drawers are more than double the cost of shelves. Use bins instead - or just keep closet doors shut, I mean, you weren't raised in a barn.
I have an iPhone and a MacBook Pro, so why do I favor hard copies of contacts, receipts, photos, ideas and invoices? The project would come to a grinding halt if I lost this Trapper Keeper. I carry it everywhere. Next time, I'm going to see if I can keep organized completely electronically using only my phone.
I was under the delusion that I'd be able to work with the original kitchen cabinets, but Andy - who has in common with Jesus the skill of carpentry - said they weren't worth saving. Today the kitchen became an empty room.
I had Andy make larger in all directions the pass-through between kitchen and main living area.
The new cabinets and appliances are being delivered on July 13 (Mom's birthday!).
It's a sweet, 610sf efficient floor plan. When the sliding barn doors are open between the bedroom and living room, it's quite open. Sliding glass doors leading to a disproportionately large balcony add to the openness. The bedroom has a sliver of a view onto Rittenhouse Square. There are three closets and decent size kitchen.
I'll admit I'm color averse. This is the non-color palette: Sherwin Williams' Tricorn Black, Serious Grey and Whitetail. And I won't be adding "a pop of color" with the furnishings either. Other things I won't be doing: "bringing the outside in," using the term "warm and inviting" or being featured HGTV's "Color Splash."
First things first. I like the retro-look of oak parquet but not the honey color. I had them refinished first before tools and deliveries started filling up the space. At this point, I didn't think the ebony stain was dark enough so color was applied to the satin finish. I used American Hardwood Flooring upon the recommendation of my realtor. They were great in every way. The cost was $1,290.
Project: Condo renovation Where: Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia Scope: 610 square feet of untouched and original 1970 builder-grade finishes Budget: $25,000 Start date: May 16, 2012 Deadline: August 20, 2012