I won TWO 2007 Chrysalis Remodeling Awards!

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Home Stager with Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

  

Before                                                                      After

I was just notified that I won TWO 2007 Chrysalis Regional Awards for Best Kitchen Remodel Under $40,000 and Best Whole House Remodel Under $200,000. The awards will be presented in Atlanta at the Southern Building Show in June. A National Winner will be chosen from among the 4 Regional Winners, so you may be reading the blog of a future National Chrysalis Award Winner.

   

My partner, Richard Tinsley, and I purchased the property as a flipper. The house, a classic California Craftsman Cottage, built in the 1920's, had been the victim of numerous misguided and poorly done remodels over the years. Despite the neglect, we could see past it's ugly duckling exterior to it's good bones. At only 840 sq. ft., sitting on a 4000 sq. ft. lot, our goal was to restore/improvewhat we had to work with while opening up the interior to create a sense of openness and good flow.

Kitchen Before  Kitchen After

Kitchen Before                                                           Kitchen After

We basically stripped the interior down to the studs, removed a wall between the kitchen and the dining area to open the house up, replaced the electrical and plumbing, added new insulation and drywall, and completely redid the kitchen and bathroom. Oh yeah, we also put in a new, pre-finished solid hardwood floor and a new forced air furnace and air conditioner. We tried to retain as much of the original character as we could, without being a slave to history. All of the windows, except one in the dining room and a bank of 3 in the bedroom, are original with the old wavy glass. I designed the kitchen with the idea of using a vintage restored O'Keefe & Merrit stove which I found on Craigs List.

  

We tore out the really icky bathroom and replaced it with Carerra marble floors, a period appropriate pedestal sink and a lovely old claw foot tub in great condition that I purchased at Pasadena Architectural Salvage. The tub filler and curtain rod were purchased on Ebay.

This project was truly a labor of love, and I was sad to sell it when we finished. We are looking for our next project and hope it will be as interesting and as much fun as this one. If anyone would like more information about the products we used or how we did something, please feel free to ask.

 Update: Moving Mountians Design won the National Award for Best Kitchen Remodel Under $40,000 and the Western Regional Award for Best Whole House Remodel Under $200,000!

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2015 RESA Professional Stager of the Year

2014 RESA Top 10 Professional Home Stager2010 RESA Professional Stager of the Year

Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.

Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations,  and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs, foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers. Builders hire us to stage their models or to help move inventory when sales slow down.

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Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
Fantastic job!  It's all very beautiful!  Congratulations!
Jul 27, 2007 09:25 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Allison: I am not an expert on your question. It would be best to check with a LICENSED Plumbing Contractor to find out if your home can be converted to natural gas or propane. I have never had a problem converting a home from electric to gas, but every state and county has different rules and regulations which you should learn about before embarking on such a project. A licensed plumber should know the local building codes and be able to inform you if your home would qualify.

Patricia & Lexa: Thank you so much for your kind words.

Jul 27, 2007 09:28 AM #50
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Liz and Tim Frangioso
Keller Williams Realty - Chicopee, MA
Wow... quite the change.  All of that for 40k.  I am going to use you as an example in my Real Estate Investor Class.  Thanks!
Jul 27, 2007 11:21 AM #51
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Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager
Michelle, I'm your 2000th reader!!! Wonderful job.
Jul 27, 2007 02:30 PM #52
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe - South San Francisco, CA

wow the bath looks so much bigger! i love that you used salvaged materials! yay for green.

cheers,

cindy 

Jul 27, 2007 03:11 PM #53
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Michelle,

You did a wonderful job!  I am impressed!  Congrats on your awards!  You certainly earned them.

Jul 28, 2007 09:05 AM #55
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Sue: 2000th? Holy Jamoley!

Cindy, Heather & Carol: Thanks!

Jul 28, 2007 09:16 AM #56
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Angela Yousef
Alluring Home Stagings2 and More - Spring Hill, FL
Hi Michelle, I am still kind of new on AR. Your work is beautiful. Congrats!
Jul 28, 2007 03:49 PM #57
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Angela: Welcome to Active Rain. And thank you.
Jul 29, 2007 03:36 AM #58
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Laurie Dawes
I love what you did with the bathroom! I am actually re-vamping the guest bathroom of a client who owns a Craftsman bungalow. His bathroom looks almost identical to yours with only a difference in the window size. Do you remember the exact size of the bathroom you renovated? If it is the same size as the one I am working on I would love to rip out the bath and re-position it as you have done. It really does make the bathroom look much larger. Thanks in advance!
Nov 15, 2007 11:56 AM #59
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. The smallest claw foot tub I have found was 60" long, so giving yourself a little wiggle room, you could probably fit a 60" claw foot tub in a 66" wide room. Having said that, I haven't seen your space, so I am not sure if it will work or not. Also, you should check on your local building codes to see what you can and can't do.
Nov 15, 2007 12:40 PM #60
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Kenny Franklin
Angstadt Real Estate Group, LLC - Stafford, VA
ABR®, AHWD, e-PRO®, SFR, MRP
Great job. Looks like this project could have been a 1 hour special on HGTV.
Dec 01, 2007 01:39 PM #61
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Thanks, Kenny. Glad you liked it.
Dec 01, 2007 01:42 PM #62
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Andy Capelluto

HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS MICHELLE,

It is clear that you have been blessed with emormous talent.

More Power to you!!!

Andy Capelluto

Dec 02, 2007 12:24 PM #63
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Why thank you, Andy. It is easy to accomplish something when you enjoy doing it.
Dec 02, 2007 12:55 PM #64
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
Incredible!  The Kitchen makes me want to move to California.  I LOVE the color of the walls (do you remember the color)  I can't believe the home is only 840 square feet.  Your layout and material selection make it feel so open and spacious.  Have you had any calls from HGTV!? 
Jan 07, 2008 03:32 PM #65
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Jo: I have to dig out the file to find the colors. I know they were Benjamin Moore colors. I am a big Benjamin Moore fan. I post the colors tomorrow. I am not a night owl like you. I ran into the woman who purchased the house at Bed Bath and Beyond this weekend. She is still thrilled with it. She is a piano teacher, and believe it or not, she moved a baby grand into the living room! I can't even imagine.

 

Jan 07, 2008 03:45 PM #66
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Alex Charfen
Charfen Institute - Austin, TX
What a differnce, great photos, thanks!
Mar 24, 2008 09:45 PM #67
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Thank you, Alex & Cadey.
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