Happy Friday!

I’ve been a real estate agent for 10 years (how am I even old enough for that?!) and while there are many parts of my job I LOVE, one of my favorite parts is to see how a client takes their house and it turns it into a home. Seriously, one of my most favorite things.

I’m lucky enough in that most of my clients remain friends, even after the transaction and after they have closed on their new home. I get to see how my new homeowners have made improvements and made their home their own. It’s a fun way to stay in touch outside of the transaction. And as you know, home improvements and projects/design are kind of my jam.

I can’t wait to start featuring more of these projects to help share different ideas and to give some good pointers on some projects you may be considering. We’ll call it, #fridayfeature. These will all be projects that clients have done to their home. Sometimes simple paint updates, sometimes full-on remodels. Just to showcase different Denver area homes. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to achieve an update (at least, not always!) and I hope by featuring these projects, you can start to get some ideas for your own home.

If you have a project, design idea, backyard landscaping, anything you’d like me to feature, please reach out!


First up on the #fridayfeature, a gorgeous fireplace project!

My client, who I’ve been friends with since our good ‘ol Business School days at CSU (Go Rams!) had an incredible vision for her home. She bought a newer construction home in one of Denver’s prime urban neighborhoods, and knew she wanted to put her own spin on it. She had a great room in the front of her home that was a perfect space to add a fireplace. Not only did she want a “statement wall” with her fireplace, but also some additional storage. After doing some research into different contractors, she finally landed on one who helped her vision come to life. I remember as we walked the house, she would tell me about her ideas. I knew she had the vision, and couldn’t wait to see how it all came together!

What this space looked like before:

During the process:

And the AFTER!

Photo Credit: River North Contractors

In addition to the photos, I think it’s helpful to learn a little more about the project, from the homeowners themselves. Here’s what this homeowner had to say about her project:

Did you hire a contractor?
Yes, River North Contractors.  Eli and his team were awesome to work with.
Did you hire a designer?
No, I pulled some ideas/pictures from Pinterest and consulted with the contractor.  
What were you most surprised about during the process?
How expensive fireplaces and cabinets can be!
What would you have done differently, if anything?
I kind of regret not having the contractor make it easy to hang a TV above the mantel, but on the other hand I’d hate to hide the reclaimed wood. 
What is your favorite part of the remodel?
I love how the herringbone reclaimed wood turned out.  The wood is leftover flooring from a commercial building downtown – it adds a vintage feel to a modern design. (side note from me, Lindsay–LOVE THIS!)
Did you have a certain budget in mind? If so, did your project come in below, at or above budget?  
Yes, I was trying to keep costs around $10k, but I ended up going over.  Seeing the final result, it was well worth the extra money.  I am also glad I went with River North Contractors – they weren’t the cheapest bid I received, but I really felt that they understood my vision and did very high quality work.
What’s your next project? 
No plans for another large project, but maybe something small like changing paint colors or adding shutters!
Was your timeline what you thought it would be?  
Yes – I expected it to take about 12-15 weeks and it came in right around that timeframe.
How would you describe your style?
Modern/mid-century?  Classic with an edge? I feel like I’m still sorting out my home decor style!  
One piece of advice? 
Do your research and trust your gut.  Having a reliable contractor, and someone that understands and respects your vision makes all the difference. Have a very clear vision. Some contractors I spoke to kept trying to have me add windows and do a design THEY had in mind or something similar to a previous project they had done. It immediately turned me off that they didn’t want to listen to what I really wanted, and instead wanted to push what they were comfortable with. I’m glad I trusted my gut. 

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