So you have a sink in your family room? No problem!

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Home Stager with Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia

Apparently sometime either in the 70's or 80's bars were a popular feature in family rooms.  I have noticed several lone sinks in the family rooms of several houses that I visited during various open houses.  I would think if a home owner were going to go to the trouble of removing the bar they would also remove the sink but clearly not everyone sees it my way.  I recently staged such a property and the home seller was against paying to have it removed to I staged it.  I think it not only looks better but also gives the home buyer a solution in hiding the eyesore until it can be removed.

     

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Rainer
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Christopher Pike, 803.727.7800
Keller Williams® Realty - Columbia, SC

Sandra,

The after picture does look much better than the before!!! I would have just updated the bar if I was the homeowner.

Jul 28, 2007 09:41 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Highland Beach Condos David Serle
RE/MAX Services - Highland Beach, FL
Boca Raton Agent David Serle
Thats pretty funny.  Good job.
Jul 28, 2007 09:46 AM #2
Rainer
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Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
That sink is definitely an odd feature. I suppose they kept it because it worked with their gym. I think your sitting room approach is much more appealing. Well done.
Jul 28, 2007 10:13 AM #3
Rainer
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Margaret Ann Innis
Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging - Andover, MA
Real Estate Staging - MA & NH
Sandra - this reminds me of a house we staged last year.  The john was in the mudroom.  hmmm.
Jul 28, 2007 04:02 PM #4
Rainer
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Joe Sampson
Exit Realty Experts - Saint Augustine, FL
Wow, good job!
Jul 29, 2007 01:11 PM #5
Rainer
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Juliet Johnson
Vizzitopia - St Johns, FL
Jacksonville Photography & Digital Marketing
Hey, nice screen!  Not often one sees a 4-panel.  I'd have done the same. 
Jul 29, 2007 02:05 PM #6
Rainer
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Cheri Dueker
Transitional Designs, LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Transitional Designs, LLC, Home Staging St. Louis
I dont understand those sinks either. We see them sometimes too...This is a good deguise!
Jul 30, 2007 08:34 AM #7
Rainer
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Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Margaret - a john in the mud room?  Guess you just had to go with that one.

Juliet - The screen it was $99 at Odd Lot's.

Jul 30, 2007 12:39 PM #8
Rainer
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Lanita, Interior Concept Designs, Home Staging
Interior Concept Designs - Silver Spring, MD
Great solution for a tricky problem.  I can't believe that the owner refused to remove the sink!
Aug 06, 2007 02:55 PM #9
Rainer
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more School of Home Staging - South San Francisco, CA
Host, The Home Staging Show podcast

It's because you need to wash your hands after you eat your donuts! hahaha

Great job on providing a visual solution. Just make sure your realtor discloses that there is a sink. Not that they are going to miss that during the final inspection!

Cheers,

Cindy 

Aug 07, 2007 01:34 PM #10
Rainer
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Cindy Richter
Interior Motiv Home Staging - Flower Mound, TX
IRIS Dallas, TX Home Stager
All I can say is WOW!  Great job!
Aug 21, 2007 12:17 PM #11
Rainer
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Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Cindy, the Realtor actually put the before picture in her marketing material, which shows the sink - I guess she did it for just that reason. 

Aug 29, 2007 10:56 PM #12
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

NICE I see this alot, but you do have to disclose this to the buyers, right? They might ask to have it removed who knows, buyers are funny people when they know sellers are anxious to sell, Great Job

Phyllis pafumi

Aug 31, 2007 12:15 AM #13
Rainer
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Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
The Realtor showed a picture on her brochure.  I guess I was going with the theory that the buyers would also look behind the screen, but maybe not.  Perhaps using a large plant would of been better.  Anyone?
Aug 31, 2007 12:18 AM #14
Rainer
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Noella Santerre
Noella's Home Staging - Assonet, MA
Great Job! I love the screen too! Take an eye sore and make it go away....that's what we do!
Sep 13, 2007 12:41 PM #15
Rainer
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penny white
Jacksonville, FL

Screens are a great way to show the potential of the room when there is issues like this that haven't been dealt with by the current home owner! Good job.

                                                                               Penny White

                                                                               Beststagedesign Inc.  

Sep 18, 2007 01:46 AM #16
Rainer
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL
Sandra, that sink is just too funny.  Why would anyone want to do that?  I love the creative way you covered it up!
Sep 22, 2007 05:19 AM #17
Anonymous
frankly
That is hilarious! 
Oct 23, 2007 08:59 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

How crazy, I expected to see a wet bar, which I've dealt with many time..... but just a sink off in the corner... how wild! 

Nice recovery....

Oct 23, 2007 11:49 AM #19
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