Wednesday, January 2, 2013

House staging makeovers: Lighting swaps

As some of you know we still own a house in Indianapolis. A 1894 Shingle style cottage that had a upscale 1915 Craftsman makeover only to have it all ripped out by a misguided remuddler. We spent thousands restoring the house, recreating historic style woodwork and the house received quite a bit of notoriety having been featured in several publications and was even an inspiration piece for the HGTV show "Rate my Space'. Just about the time this house was completed, the housing market tanked, and we, like many others, had to wait until some turnarounds in the market happened. Fortunately for us that is beginning to take place and we have renewed efforts on this house.

Of course taste's have changed and neighborhood demographics have changes as well. The reality is that a period furnished interiors would not result in a sale so, on the advice of Realtor are re staging to sell. That means pulling out antiques, lightening up some color palettes and most importantly making sure kitchens and baths are up to date. Of course we did a top to bottom mechanical restoration before and all the fixtures were brand new. The subject today is master bath makeover.

Now this bathroom has all the bells and whistles already. His and her sinks, tile floors, a two person multi head over sized shower and a separate whirlpool tub. However the one area this room is lacking is lighting, Originally stained glass craftsman sconces and an overhead were used. While appropriate a few years ago todays buyer will be looking for something brighter and more contemporary.

So out with the old fixtures and in with the new. We chose a chrome plated sconce which matches the towel bars and other fixture. These are on dimmer and though single bulb puts our a lot more light that the old two bulb fixture.

Overhead we chose two lamp halogen based overhead which are similar enough to our vanity lights to blend. Total cost of the 3 lights were under 75.00 and install took about an hour.

Look for more quick makeover to come as we get the Indy house ready to go back on the market.

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