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Old 05-27-2009, 02:36 AM
 
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anyone catch the HGTV show this past week called the $$$$ makeover--

last week it featured 3 homes in Dallas area--Lakewood-M streets, McKinney, Arlington specifically--that had redone their kitchens with 40K budget...
kitchens were evaluated by local RE agent and (for this show) Lisa LaPorter who is host for another HGTV decorating show...
thought it was interesting to listen to what they had to say as to which couple got the best bang for their redecorating $$$
agreed that the M-Street house was the better design job

and frankly I don't know if I would spend 40K to redo a kitchen in Arlington...would have to be very careful for neighborhood comps...

show this week was about bathrooms in Chicago area
so each week features different room/area of the country...
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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They talked with my dad about his kitchen remodel, but he only spent $25K. When they do that price point, they may come to his house then.

But he did make it into "This Old House" magazine, June edition, for the stone garden shed he built. Page 41 if you get the magazine. My dad and I compete to one-up each other on our home renovation projects. He set the bar pretty high for a garden shed with that latest one. I'm working on plans to make ours to look like a chalet with a copper roof... hehe... next year, that project will begin.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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I saw it! I loved the M Streets kitchen.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:55 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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>> and frankly I don't know if I would spend 40K to redo a kitchen in Arlington..<<

This was a family with younger/school aged children. It appeared they were going to stay in the house through the duration of the school years so they will get their return by enjoying the kitchen. It was a good improvement over what they had before I thought. I think the show appraised their kitchen as getting a $33,000 return if they were to sell now. The M Streets kitchen was more like a $37,000 return.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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the criticism that hurt the Arlington house the most and made sense to me was that the wood tones were too dissimilar--that is something I have seen when we were looking for a house and saw ones that had been remodeled...
I think they might have not had a real designer do an oversight--most contractors won't look beyound what they are actually doing to the general color scheme...having those multiple wood tones made the house look dated already to me...so whether or not they stay in the house for 10 yrs--I doubt that will improve over time...but it is something they can work on to unify into a more cohesive look--even painting the island might tone down the wood--and having painted islands is more updated look now as well

and the shabby chic did great job lifting the ceiling--but the other stuff was just little too cute--and shabby chic is kind of dated anyway at this time...but as long as they enjoyed it--liked the chandelier...
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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I doubt that they will paint the island though. The wood they used was some exotic wood and that island cost 15K alone if I remember correctly. Before the designer said anything about the multiple woods in the room we noticed it. I think they had like 6 or 7 different woods in the rooms between the panelling, floors, cabinets, door and window trim, and the wood window blinds or shutters don't remember which.

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the criticism that hurt the Arlington house the most and made sense to me was that the wood tones were too dissimilar--that is something I have seen when we were looking for a house and saw ones that had been remodeled...
I think they might have not had a real designer do an oversight--most contractors won't look beyound what they are actually doing to the general color scheme...having those multiple wood tones made the house look dated already to me...so whether or not they stay in the house for 10 yrs--I doubt that will improve over time...but it is something they can work on to unify into a more cohesive look--even painting the island might tone down the wood--and having painted islands is more updated look now as well

and the shabby chic did great job lifting the ceiling--but the other stuff was just little too cute--and shabby chic is kind of dated anyway at this time...but as long as they enjoyed it--liked the chandelier...
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:28 AM
 
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right--forgot that --
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