Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices running … only to come to a screeching halt when we starting to price those new cabinets, countertops and appliances.

There are some things you can do, however, that cost just the price of a quality can of paint (and some wood filler). One of these is open shelving.

You mean … taking the doors off and exposing my messy cupboards?

Well … sort of. First of all, you’ll need to consider who uses your kitchen. If you have small children or grandchildren that visit frequently, you won’t want to remove all the lower doors. After all, you need to keep cleaners and other potential dangers locked away out of sight. You also might think twice about this if you’re in a very earthquake prone area, but, historically, many homes utilized open shelving for dishes and glassware, dry goods or canned goods and to display decorative items.

In fact, removing old doors and painting the open shelving can give your kitchen an immediate upgrade and added personality to boot. Other ideas include backing the cabinets with a bright wallpaper or painting them a deep contrasting color to give your kitchen character and personality. You can also add molding and trim to make the open cabinets appear original or intentional.

Be sure to use a quality wood fill to fill in the holes left by removing the door hinges and follow manufacturer guidelines when painting previously stained wood or fiberboard products.

If your cabinets are in rough shape, or they don’t lend themselves to the sizes you need to store your items, consider removing them and replacing them with floating shelves. You’ll achieve a sleek, modern look to brighten a dark space and give you the sizes of shelves that you need.

Here are some best practices for open shelving and attaining the look you want:

  1. Dishes: Remember that anything stored on open shelving is exposed to gathering dusts, so consider them for dishes and glass wear that you use frequently, or that you use infrequently but won’t mind giving them a quick rinse before using (large serving bowls, soup tureens and platters, fancy glass wear you only use occasionally, or pretty vases).
  2. Cookbooks: Open shelves are perfect for cookbooks and remind you to try new recipes periodically.
  3. Wine racks: Turning open shelving into a wine rack gives you a place to display your favorite vintages.

If you’re not sure about having open shelving, start slowly by just removing the upper doors and living with that for a few weeks, or just have one or two open cabinets. If you like it, you can move forward, but if you don’t, you can just put those doors back on and start saving.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

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About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

 

Creating an Idea Book for Your New Home

Contemplating buying a new home or remodeling the one you have? Before you call your real estate agent, hire a designer or head to your local Do-It-Yourself superstore refine your ideas by creating an idea book.

An idea book, exactly as the name implies, is a repository for all the ideas you have about what you’d like. These include style—a Ranch, Cape Code, Victorian, French Country or maybe an Arts and Crafts style home—colors, size, layout and all the other things that go into the perfect home of your imaginings.

Old School

Using a notebook or scrapbook, include cutouts from magazines, advertisements and brochures. Or, hang pictures on a corkboard or stick them up on the refrigerator. You can go simple with a notebook, scissors and glue stick or fancy with a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook with decorative pages and embellishments in slip-sheets.

Virtual

Using Houzz, Pinterest, Photo Stream or other virtual options helps you focus on what you really want. In fact, many contractors suggest using one of these boards to help you show them what you’re really looking for.

Get Started

At first, add whatever tickles your fancy. If you see it and like it, stick it in the book or on the board. Your idea book might seem cluttered and disorganized at first. You can help this by dividing it into sections such as: rooms (kitchen, bath, living), architectural style (mission, craftsman, modern), colors (blues, greens, reds or cool vs. warm), even feelings (happy, restful, family-friendly). As your ideas grow, reorganize the sections or re-combine images and colors to whatever pleases you.

Over time, you’ll refine what you like. You’ll notice that you’re drawn to a certain style home, specific types of cabinets and finishes, flooring, fixtures and countertops, even distinct roof shingles and slopes. You’ll see drawer pulls and doorknobs appear over and over in your additions to your book. Get as specific as possible, or leave yourself open to options, but use your idea book to frame the things that are most important to you. When a dominant style, color or type appears, move it to the front of the idea book and narrow down your choices even more. Go look at samples of tiles for the backsplash, flooring and hardware. Take pictures of what you like with your smart phone and add them to your board. Look at model homes and attend open houses (but if a home is occupied, get permission before taking pictures).

When you keep coming back to the same images, you have a pretty good idea of what you want. Take time to remove items that no longer inspire you or that you realize don’t work for your situation, family size, living style (i.e. do you truly want a formal dining room, or just a bigger family eating area?).

Now, you can take that book to your real estate professional or designer to get an idea of how to locate the perfect home for you, or remodel the home you have into the one of your dreams.

About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a premier real estate company located in Southern California with multiple offices in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Their professional REALTORS® service home sellers and buyers with buying and selling homes, condos, land, apartments, and commercial properties all throughout the area.

IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®.

A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Specialties:
Homes, Apartments, Light Industrial Commercial, Bank Repos, REOs, REIT Assets, and Shorts Sales

It’s Elemental: New Homeowner’s Basic Maintenance Guide

Buying a home is an exciting experience. You save up your down payment, wade through thousands of listings, find and hire a buyer’s agent, search for the perfect home, make and offer, get accepted and take the plunge. Now, you’ve moved in, repainted walls, arranged furniture, hung window coverings and settled in for the fall season.

Except, you’ve never checked a furnace filter, dealt with a leaky faucet, cleaned gutters or mulched your trees. If you’ve never owned a home before, you may be unprepared for the realities of home ownership.

What to do?

Remember the four elements:

  • Earth
  • Air
  • Fire
  • Water

Earth: While the temperatures remain warm enough, take care of any landscaping issues you may have. Rake and properly dispose of leaves, remove dead branches, give your lawn a final mowing and prepare it for winter, mulch flowerbeds and trees, cover any exposed dirt to protect it from erosion and check rock walls for loose stones.

Inspect your foundation for cracks that may need professional repair.

While you’re at it, put away outdoor furniture, toys and tools so that they’re protected from harsh winter weather and ready for Spring.

Air: One of the most important elements in your home, air, can be a friend or an enemy. Seal windows and add weather-stripping to doors for leakage. Check the attic insulation for the appropriate depth for your region. Inspect your attic fans, gable vents and other air-flow methods for proper ventilation.

Winterize your AC. Remove or winterize your window air conditioners. Wash off the condenser housing of your central AC and remove any buildup of leaves, dust, insect nests, weeds or grass clippings. Have a professional check your central air-conditioning system for leaks.

Fire: Your HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) keeps your home comfortable in all temperatures, so take care of it well. Make sure filters are clean and free of damage. Have your furnace inspected by a certified HVAC technician. Check your ducts check for buildup and have the professionally cleaned if necessary.

Make sure the fireplace damper works correctly so that you can avoid losing warmth through the flue and check the chimney for debris from insects, birds or prior use.

Check smoke and gas detectors to make certain the batteries are new and the  alarms work.

Water: This element causes hidden damage in homes and requires vigilance to keep from having massive problems and expensive repairs due to mildew, mold, rot and other water damages. Outdoors, inspect your gutters and downspouts for leaves and debris. Make sure the downspouts are directed away from your foundation. Have your roof inspected to make certain you don’t have potential leaks. This is particularly true after a major weather event such has hail or heavy wind. A professional roof inspector can also advise you on weather your home might be subject to ice damage from dams and buildup.

Check your faucets for drips and your drains for leaks. Make sure pipes hidden in cupboards do not leak or create condensation. If you have condensation inside cabinets from water pipes you may need to install ventilation into the cabinets. Check toilets for leaking, running or flow problems and have them fixed immediately.

When to do it?

Check out this list scheduled by seasons to see the best times to take care of your home maintenance issues.

Contact your real estate professional for information on home inspections before you buy so that you’re prepared for the upkeep to your new investment.

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About IMPACT Properties

IMPACT Properties is a boutique real estate agency serving all of Southern California, the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas including Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. IMPACT Properties was founded by Aaron Zapata, a licensed Real Estate Broker with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience who has closed more than $100 million in sales, placing him in the top one percent nationwide among REALTORS®. A California corporation, IMPACT Properties, Inc. is licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate (Lic. 01922671). Phone: 714-660-2122, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.