A Diamond in the Rough! Part 1

Two years ago, my husband and I were looking for a home in Venice Beach.  We found this midcentury diamond in the rough that just needed some love.  We decided to document to the process and create a 3 part series.  The first part will focus on the before and the prep and the thought behind the remodel.  And also some tips and advice that we learned along the way.

As a Realtor; I firmly believe in the saying: Location! Location! Location! – everyone’s heard it before and it’s true.  Location means everything.  This house is just off Abbot Kinney,  in a quiet residential neighborhood, a few blocks from Coeur d’Alene Avenue School and walking distance to L.A.’s trendiest shops and restaurants.

At first glance, I thought “no”!  I couldn’t get over the utility pole, ugly bright blue-white paint with the black garage door and the red gate.  But it’s important to look beyond the first glance.  A lot of people have knee jerk reactions and truly miss out on opportunities.

The original configuration was 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.  We decided to increase the living space by adding a master suite with ensuite bath above the garage which would not only add square footage, but also improve the overall curb appeal…and block that utility pole!

The living room was dated…the cheap parquet floors, an oversized rock fireplace way too big for the room, and  an un-needed full bathroom eating into prime living space.   Off the dining room area were old school aluminum sliding patios doors that need to be upgraded.

Black linoleum floors & appliances? No!  So dated, but the potential was there.

The bathrooms were stuck in a time warp…

Sad and unappreciated back and side yards.  One large area just to house trash?  What a waste of space.

Here’s a helpful tip: If you are thinking of getting a home improvement loan, remember to speak with your loan broker before any work has begun.  Starting construction may jeopardize your ability to secure the loan depending where you are in the process.  Better to ask and be safe than sorry.

Plans and ideas take shape and will be discussed in Part 2 of this series.  Let the remodel begin!

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Photo Credits: Shawn Ferjanec

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