Incorporating new elements into existing get them sold

Managing Real Estate Broker with Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., NHRE# 02863

Today's links will stimulate your creative juices with design ideas that are au currant today, and will be into the future.  Hopefully you will glean a few tips to use in conversations with your buyers and sellers...

  • Ways to incorporate "new-home-elements" into existing homes
  • The small appliance that delivers a deluxe message
  • Finding potential in a pocket-sized bathroom (think luxury all the way!)

 This is our third quarterly newsletter specifically for realtors.  If there are certain topics you would like to see in this newsletter, please contact me at  For the past 25 years I have worked very closely with the real estate community and have also sold real estate myself, so I do understand your needs.  Please call or email me if you have any questions about how we might work together. 



                                   Warm regards,


                                   Randy Trainor
                                   Designing Wisely
                                   Steve Loynd
                                   Real Estate consultant.
Articles of Interest:
Cost-effective and beautiful design trends that help differentiate the new and exciting from the tired and distressed.  While this article focuses on what builders are putting into NEW homes what I think is exciting is the way this article highlights what you and I can do with your clients to make the homes they are selling AND buying work for today's lifestyles. MORE    
wine fridge
This New York Times column goes over the pros, cons and additional options to consider when it comes to home wine refrigerators.  Appliance size, placement and the variety of beverages to store and serve are addressed.  In most cases it would be "...a positive addition..." (The NYTimes offers a combination of free and fee viewing.)


While luxury, spa-licious bathrooms are "all the rage" they are definitely not the norm, especially in smaller and average homes.  And even in homes with an over-sized bathroom there if often one or more smaller baths... this article includes useful "talking points" for selling a home with a smaller bath including ease of remodeling!   Click to read a few "cons" and many "pros" for the small bathroom.




I hope you enjoyed this month design & real estate colaberation....Randy Trainor & Steve Loynd




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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

One of the townhomes I recently sold, had a half bath, and their washer and dryer in the same room. The creative way they placed them was this. On another wall to the left they used a waterfall scene wallpaper, and bought the red front load machines. use of space I've seen yet.

Jul 22, 2012 11:24 PM #1
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Winston...that is a great way to incorporate a design element...I refer to that as "make do decorating".

Jul 22, 2012 11:31 PM #2
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I am going to throw out a compact bathroom faux pas which has me perplexed.  I have found three new construction luxury homes with door swings which are inhibited by either vanities or commodes to open fully.  Most customers are not contortionists and would have difficulty maneuvering in these cramped quarters.  Somewhat like:  Step right, spin, bend, step left, bend, pirouette, sit!

Jul 23, 2012 01:47 AM #3
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Kevin...We have tackled a few reno jobs where we had to install a pocket door, or buy a new door kit and have it swing out instead of in.

Jul 23, 2012 03:35 AM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Steve, very nicely done.  I will have to go back a little later and read a couple more of the articles.

Jul 23, 2012 04:50 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

When we remodeled in '95, we used pocket doors in several places to utilize the space better. 

Jul 23, 2012 05:44 AM #6
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