In preparing my Seller's property for the San Diego Housing Market, it does take some courage.

Real Estate Agent with Retired CA BRE# 01048160

In preparing my Seller's property for the San Diego Housing Market, it does take some courage on all of our parts. Why I say courage is that there are many unknowns that may and likely will be discovered as work is being done. Especially if someone is paying attention.

In a recent remodel of a worn out kitchen, it was my job to design the new replacement Kitchen on a strict budget. In my previous design days before real estate, space planning and design went hand in hand. The new Kitchen could not be just a simple redo of some cabinets and counter top. The Kitchen did not function well as there was too little counter space and the lighting was poor at best. 

I went about visiting cabinet shops to see what things were available on a tight budget. As I came to find out, not as much as I expected. The cabinets and counter tops ( even discounted ones ) were just too expensive.

I went to IKEA and and it became clear that if designed well, their solution might work. I proceeded to spend as much free time as I could to learn about the way they do their Kitchens. I discovered that the engineering was nothing short of amazing. One big problem though. Planning takes an inordinate amount of time to get it right. 

I completed the design and had it checked for completeness and with a few modifications we were ready to order and then to have a professional cabinets installer begin to assemble a myriad of parts. Oops, I forgot something. The Kitchen has to be demolished and cleaned out first before the cabinet installer could begin. 

Fortunately the out of area Seller had a contractor that could come down from the more northern part of the state and demo the Kitchen. While he was there I mentioned that there needed to be extensive electrical work as I intended to light the banks of drawers ( nice feature offered by IKEA Kitchens). All to be finished off with a beautiful white on white caesarstone quartz counter top.

Once the contractor got involved, a lot of other things that needed updated became a possibility. The Seller liked my ideas and the place was slated to be upgraded. The market would accommodate a beautiful remodel if the budget stayed on the reasonable side.

The long and the short of this is as the demo was done, plumbing and electrical both needed to be updated and partially redesigned and the contractor knew how to do it right and cost effectively.

So here is where we started in the old Kitchen and the next photo shows you the completed remodeled Kitchen.


Below, the added feature of lighted drawer banks. 

Lighted Drawer Banks


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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

William-It was so nice to see your face pop up on my blog roll. As you can see you were missed by several of us. You did an incredible job on the kitchen but I would expect nothing less as you are a consumate professional in all you do.  I loved my e-card. Got back late this afternoon from my birthday trip. Hope to see you more here in the rain.

May 13, 2016 10:36 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

William- I will add to the other have most definitely been missed.  I love what you did...everything looks clean and fresh!  Hope we'll be seeing more of you. 

May 13, 2016 10:59 AM #19
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The pictures are a testament to a stunning transformation of that kitchen, William!  It's difficult to believe that it's the same home!

May 13, 2016 12:08 PM #20
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

What a transformation William Johnson !

(Once again, missed you while I am still in San Diego for Buffini & Company 's event...)

May 13, 2016 02:02 PM #21
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

William so wonderful to see you here again and a feature!  Beautifully done, no surprise!

May 13, 2016 02:29 PM #22
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Curious to know how long it took, where the listing is and or did it already sell? GreAt finished product.

May 13, 2016 08:01 PM #23
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love the before and after photos! What a wonderful job and I love all the lighting.

May 13, 2016 08:12 PM #24
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

What a difference!  The new kitchen is gorgeous!

May 13, 2016 09:59 PM #25
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Nicely done and indicates intelligent life can be found in this kitchen

May 14, 2016 12:17 AM #26
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

It came together very nice.  Shows like a model kitchen.  

May 14, 2016 01:38 AM #27
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

William ... not doubt the return on that investment was a good one.  That is my kind of kitchen. Nicely done.  

May 14, 2016 04:52 AM #28
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Looks like you did a great job at the kitchen redsign because it's fabulous looking.

May 14, 2016 06:14 AM #29
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, William!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites!

May 15, 2016 03:05 AM #30
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Nice transformation, William! You go a step beyond for your sellers, which I'm sure they appreciate.

May 15, 2016 03:51 AM #31
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

WOWEEE!  Now that looks like something I saw on one of those remodeling shows!  Above and beyond...that's my friend WIlliam!

May 15, 2016 12:28 PM #32
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Don't you think it's hard on Sellers to live in a place like the 'before,' and then have to leave the 'after'? Great transformation, and good to see you!

May 15, 2016 12:32 PM #33
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

William - we have done half a dozen remodeling of condos, and when wowed vistors learn that the kitchen is from Ikea, they can't believe it.

We made a few mistakes with the first one, but learned. And we install them ourselves (me and my son). We used a professional on the first one, and did not like the job. We somehow manage to do better.

Go figure

May 15, 2016 02:14 PM #34
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There's a real serious degree of unpredictability in the market in certain places at any given moment

May 26, 2016 04:30 PM #35
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I see what Joe was saying and I understand thatbut life moves on pretty fast overall

May 26, 2016 04:32 PM #36
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think I meant to say Jon and not Joe, but I'm not sure really. Haha, you catch my drift in otherwise. Be well and happy!

May 26, 2016 04:35 PM #37
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