In Home Renovation, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

Hello to our Faithful Followers as well as Newcomers to our blog alike!

I hope you are all sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions this 3rd week into the New Year!  One of ours here at GreenRose Fine Homes was to increase our Speed and Resourcefulness with regard to our creative process. As those of you who have followed our blog well-know, we at GreenRose Fine Homes and GreenRose Staging and Interiors feel strongly that, if you are in the business of home renovation or simply looking to add some zest into your own Home, you should be focused on creating a really strong design, based in traditional elements.  I’m not saying that every home needs to have  a traditional design, but I am saying that the changes and renovations that you come up with should enhance those traditional elements while making it more convenient for modern living.  Nothing makes me crazier than seeing what was once a beautiful home bastardized over years of “modernization”  to finally be left being simply a shell of it’s former self and transformed into something it’s not, something that’s plain ol’ ugly.  True greatness in design takes what was once there, and enhances and modernizes, while maintaining a consistency with it’s intrinsic root element.

As you’ve all probably heard us say it time and time again, when marketing a home, the “Devil is in the Details.”  In order to achieve that level of greatness, the key is to effectively communicate with one’s architect and, more importantly, with one’s contractor exactly what one’s expectations are.  To that end, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” and leaves little room for mis-understanding.

At our latest rehabbing project, we wanted to create a Family Room/Den from what had been transformed into a bedroom for an aged parent no longer capable of climbing stairs.  previous to that, this room was a back porch.  To do so, we looked around this wonderful space that was flooded with full sun-light from a wall of windows stretched across the entire back wall of this house which looks out over the finely manicured gardens in the backyard and asked ourselves, “What does this space cry out for?”  We all came to the same conclusion – that it was critical to bring a warm, yet elegant, fireplace to this wonderfully large, yet not quite “homey” enough space.

My time as a Real Estate Agent has taught me that the most important question on the mind of every single buyer, regardless of their budget, race, color, creed, ethnicity, financial circumstances, etc. is simply, “Where will I put my TV?”

To accommodate the needs of the modern family while also addressing the basic limitation of the space, I designed a Fireplace that enhances some of the historical aspects of the house (built circa 1902) and includes an space above the Mantel to which a large, flat-screen TV may be mounted.  In addition, custom designed bookshelves flanking either side of the Fireplace serve as display shelves for the family’s collectibles and books above with deeper, door-fronted cabinets below to store the electronic equipment for the TV.

No, I’m not fishing for compliments, but I do want to hear your thoughts and feedback.  So shoot us a comment, even if it is just flattery:)  All feedback is welcome!  Happy Designing!!!

Family_Room After

Here’s a picture of the final room!  Great isn’t it!?

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11 Responses to In Home Renovation, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

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    Hey guys, just had a chance to have a look at your blog. All I can say is WOW! The Glen Ridge Victorian looks amazing. Its perfect! I enjoyed the way you documented the whole project, very fun. Can’t wait to work on 1002 5th Ave with you!


    • Ken Malian says:

      Hey Jacob, thanks so much for checking out our site! As you can clearly see, we love what we do! Our most recent project was such a diamond in the rough waiting for us to peel off layers of age and give it a high-end facial. Can’t wait to get started on the Asbury Project!

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