making = BUILDING & RENOVATING | modern = DESIGN & STYLE | home = REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
21st Street Renovation
This house began as a humble 1950's ranch with a shabby 60's addition in need of many repairs. The vision was to create a "Craftsman" Bungalow and optimize the floor plan. The entire right side of the home was opened up and, where once there was a laundry room, there is now a breakfast room serving as the "hub" of the home. The house now has 3 generously sized bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, 2 large living areas, 2 dining areas, and a high-end kitchen. Perfect for entertaining, the rooms in the back of the house now open to the large yard with french doors. When listed for sale, the house sold in just 2 days for almost double the original purchase price. Thanks to savvy renovations and a lot of DIY work, the extensive renovation which included all new siding, windows, roofing, porch, decks, carport, kitchen, wood trim, bathrooms, flooring, drywall, plumbing, electrical, foundation, sub-flooring, and HVAC, totaled around $60 a square foot with soft costs (closing and carrying). The home was purchased for little more than land value. A similar grade of new construction would cost about $ 150 a square foot. Notable features of this house are:
-blending in new 2 1/4" red oaks floors with the old floors and finishing them all to match
-using stock Ikea kitchen cabinetry, but using custom trim and painting upper cabinets for an expensive custom look
-opening up walls in the center of the home to create a new breakfast room in the existing foot print (adding value!)
-going through many meetings with the city to get permits for adding a front porch in the front yard set back (this was really needed to take the house into a higher listing price bracket and totally worth all the extra work)
-Installing all new windows and creating custom 3 piece trim
-Lots of DIY work including tile work, building a custom shower pan, detailed millwork, all interior painting etc.
-"Finding" square footage and rooms in the existing footprint by maximizing the floor plan.
-Creating a master bathroom vanity using stair newel posts as legs, readily available sinks and butcher block countertops
Photos by Jeff Wilson
French Place Remodel
A charming bungalow in the vibrant French Place neighborhood is one of Making Modern Home's latest projects (we were the buyer's Realtor too!). Though the house was well maintained, it lacked sophistication. We transformed this little bungalow into a bright, custom, showstopper without the high-end price tag.
South Lamar Loft
This loft had builder grade finishes, but a great location. With a few upgrades and carefully selected pieces, this loft now reflects the creative owners.
Windsor Park Investment
This 50's home had been a rental and had seen better days. Working with Sage Construction, Making Modern Home designed this project from start to finish to increase rental rates and the home's value in an up-and-coming neighborhood. This home was completed on a shoe string budget and rented in just days.
80s to Awesome
Working with a tight budget and quick timeline, Making Modern Home worked as designer with Redemption Home Solutions as general contractor, to completely makeover this large house in an up and coming neighborhood. Appropriate finishes and renovation projects made this dated home fresh and ready for sale. We saved money by using great looking laminate floors, reusing the existing cabinets and floor tile in the kitchen and using granite remnants. The 1980's stone fireplace was an eyesore, but it benefited from simply removing the vertical stone elements and creating a simple new mantel out of cedar. Working with what was there, we made it the feature of the home! The home sold for a profit and the investors have already contracted us to manage and design several new projects!
East Austin Contemporary
This newly built home was the site of a design project in which Making Modern Home helped a couple unify their respective tastes. Utilizing mostly the homeowner's furnishings, we created some custom art and accessories, and arranged the space to create a showplace. The couple wanted a contemporary look that was warm and inviting yet sophisticated. These repeat clients are thrilled with what Making Modern Home has created for them!
78704 Big Payoff
With an extremely tight budget of $13,000, Making Modern Home worked as designer with Redemption Home Solutions as general contractor, to completely makeover the small house in a hip neighborhood. The house had been sitting on the market for 2 months unsold. Post-renovation it was listed for $60,000 more than original asking price. Staging and photos by others.
Extreme Manchaca Makeover
This project required vision. Making Modern Home collaborated with Redemption Home Solutions to take this 70s ranch from Dilapidated to Desirable. This neighborhood eyesore received a full permitted makeover from top to bottom. After completing permit drawings, we coordinated all sub contractors and design. Due to extensive plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and framing work needed, the budget for materials, finishes, and fixtures was extremely low. The design incorporates thoughtful shelving, two tone cabinets, some custom lighting, and rustic elements salvaged from the existing house. These elements saved money, but elevated the desirability of the house. The investor was able to list the house for sale and sold it for more dollars per square foot than comparable homes in the neighborhood. The investor has already contracted with us for many more projects. We not only made the house look great, but we were able to make a true master suite where once there was a den making the house a desirable 3 bedroom/2 bathroom within the existing footprint Check out the BEFORE pictures to fully appreciate what was done here. Photographs by others.
Effective Hyde Park Staging
Making Modern Home was tasked with staging model units for several properties owned by 512 Realty near the University of Texas. The investor made smart changes to the complex and combined with the effective, relevant staging hundreds of units were leased quickly and for 20-30% more than in past leasing seasons. 512realty.com
North Loop Rental Refresh
What a difference paint can make. This rental is owned by one of Making Modern Home's repeat clients. With soaring ceilings and interesting features, this North Loop home had a lot going for it, but the paint and fixtures were dated and didn't make the most of the architecture. With a bold, care we say stark, modern paint scheme, this home was transformed into one of the most desirable rentals in the area commanding a lot of attention and a premium rent rate. We served as the listing Realtor on this property as well. Photos by Jeff Wilson.
Campus Condo Budget Remodel
Campus condos are a great perennial investment, but this dated condo wasn't capturing premium rents. The challenge of a campus condo remodel is keeping the renovation costs low so as not to over improve for the condo complex. First, removal of huge 80's wall mirrors was key. By updating only the stove to stainless steel, refinishing the countertops and cabinets, the whole kitchen is updated on a budget. The bathroom uses very basic materials available at Ikea, but it's assembled in a way that makes them look fresh. This condo now competes with all the new construction in the area and will rent for more than surrounding units.
Best Garage Office Ever
What to do when you need a garage, an office, a large storage area, and a "hang out" space outside of your small 990 square foot house? Making Modern Home helped this owner suit all of these needs by looking towards the detached over-sized one car garage. Part of the garage was retained for 1 car, but in the additional 7'-0" of space an office was built and a 18'-0" x 8'-0" storage loft was built over the parking structure. At only 7'-0" wide, the office makes the most of the space with floating cabinets, custom oak wood work, a hand built pipe ladder to loft, and the reuse of a door from the original 1930's main house. The owner is enjoying the space and updated the yard with some design advice from Making Modern Home to compliment the new garage office. Photos by Jeff Wilson.
South Congress Cool
From humble beginnings, this small house has been completely transformed into a light, bright, hip bungalow in the ultra cool South Congress neighborhood! Making Modern Home again collaborated with Redemption Home Solutions to produce a rock star renovation that the investor is extremely happy with (so much so, we have three more projects with the investor!). We came in on budget, delivered the project a few days early, and produced a renovation that is attracting a lot of attention from buyers. Key features include a brand new kitchen, an unconventional but stunning purple and yellow exterior paint scheme that makes this house stand out in a really good way (I thought I would be fired for suggesting purple, but it really works!), and real bamboo floors. Listed by Castlehill Investments. Photos by others.
Tiny Cottage Kitchen North Loop
Making Modern Home designed a fully functional kitchen in just 72 square feet! This little gem has everything a full size kitchen has...farmhouse sink, pantry, white quartz, countertops, professional stainless steel range, and a knock out "granada" back splash! The real wood Ikea Orsa cabinets perfectly compliment this tiny cottage kitchen. Check out my blog for more details. One trick that made the tiny kitchen seem bigger was to use an "open" range hood and run the tile to the ceiling. This creates the illusion of depth. In collaboration with Redemption Home Solutions.
From Dark Rental to Zilker Mid-Century Modern
Making this 1950s ranch home more Mid-Century Modern in the ever popular Barton Hills / Zilker neighborhood in Austin, really increased this listing's buyer appeal. Emphasis was placed on form by creating a minimal but effective color palette. The home's new color scheme creates a dramatic entrance that further reinforces the subtle Mid-Century Modern roots that were formerly masked by the home's prior garish paint job. Inside, the former rental grade materials have been replaced with new bamboo floors, lighting, and glass tile lending to the bright feel. Ikea Gnojso black base cabinets and cherry butcherblock countertops add warmth. Landscape by other. In collaboration with Redemption Home Solutions.