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Do you have an extra bedroom that you’ve converted into a home office, arts and crafts room or other non-slumbering use? If so, you may be wondering if you should convert it back into a traditional bedroom before you list.
According to home staging experts, that may be a good idea.
Although buyers will know the space was designed as a bedroom, there will be a psychological response to seeing it used otherwise. For example, say potential buyers view a property with a master bedroom, a second bedroom, and a third bedroom converted into a child’s playroom. Logically, they’ll know it’s a three-bedroom home – but the impression that will form will be of “two bedrooms and a playroom”, not a “three bedroom home.” This is especially true if closet doors have been removed. They may even start wondering whether there is anywhere else for a child to play.
So, when you’re selling, consider changing the bedroom back to its original purpose. You don’t necessarily need to put in a bed and dresser (although for staging purposes, that would help.) Just make the bedroom look like a bedroom for showings.
Keep this in mind: It’s easier for buyers to imagine a bedroom as a potential home office, playroom, etc. than the other way around.
Posted on July 5, 2021
Outdoor lighting has come a long way from the days of patio lanterns and strings of lightbulbs. These days, there’s an exhaustive array of options available to illuminate your outdoor space, and make it more appealing and comfortable, particularly in the evenings.
Here are just a few ideas:
Solar garden lights. These lights are on stakes that can be easily inserted throughout the garden. Powered by the sun, they generate enough energy to cast a soft, pleasant glow along walkways or in flower beds in the evenings.
Deck post lights. These are easy to install because they’re designed to sit on top of a standard 4×4 wood deck post. Most are solar powered.
Street-style lamps. As the name implies, these look similar to old-fashioned street lamps. Installation is a little more complex, but still DIY-friendly. They’re eye-catching and have a dramatic impact on the look of your outdoor space.
Portable lantern lights. These are outdoor lights that are portable and often made to look like a decorative fixture for a coffee table or side table. They can be placed anywhere.
LED walkway lights. These are small lights that fit neatly and almost invisibly under stairs and around walkways. Walkway lights not only look good but also improve safety. Most are battery powered.
Planter lights. This is one of the most interesting options. Each one is both a flower pot and a light in one! The pot itself is translucent which allows the light inside to shine through.
Design experts say you should treat your outdoor space as you would any room in your home. Lighting it up for evening comfort and enjoyment is a good place to start.
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Posted on May 31, 2021
• 3268 sqft , 3 bath , 4 bdrm 3-level split – FOR SALE CAD1,275,000 .
in Broadmead, Victoria
Wagg and Hamilton Architects designed this classic 1977, 4 bed, 3 bath contemporary cedar and glass split-level home. Set amongst trees and nestled beside the cliff, each room has tree and water views. At entry level are two bedrooms, a full bath, sauna and dark room. Up and around a centre column, where an elevator could be installed, is the living room with wood fireplace, vaulted ceiling and wall of windows. The formal dining room opens to the front deck and to the right of that is a large kitchen plus a full-sized laundry room. On this level is the primary bedroom, with beautiful private windows across the front of the house and a full 4-piece ensuite bathroom. There’s an additional full bath and up a few stairs is a cosy bedroom, with its own fireplace. At the next level is a bright craft room with sink and an office with beautiful wood decor. Atop of this meticulous house are two very private decks designed to take advantage of the views of treetops, plus a greenhouse.
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