Every now and then, a property comes along that steals my heart. These little bungalows get me every time. The photos shown here are from one of our recent renovations in a cute neighborhood of DC’s Northwest Takoma Park. I was slightly concerned about this property because its floor plan was not as open as most house buyers prefer today. It only had one bathroom between the master bedroom and the second bedroom. But thanks to our renovation choices and the natural charm of this 1920’s bungalow, this house sold the first weekend it went on the market. In fact, we received four strong offers!
Although we had a decent renovation budget, not everything in this charmer needed replacing. We kept the kitchen cabinets since they were in great shape. We stayed with the original hard wood floors, moldings and exterior doors too.
In order to complete a renovation for today’s standards but keep the essence of yesterday’s charm, we chose materials that would be a good balance between the two. We used nickel finishes, subway tile and light fixtures with a bit of style. (Light fixtures are all available at your local Home Depot.)
We painted the trim work white and the walls a soothing gray. The hardwood floors got an ebony stain to complete the look and to conceal any blemishes that naturally occur through many years of use. For the front door paint, we stepped away from standard choices and embraced a bluish/green with Glidden’s “Whistler,” A1935.
We used many of the plantings that were already on the property but simply re-positioned them, cleaned up the old beds and added new annuals and fresh mulch. See more ideas we’ve used in landscaping here.
This was once a neglected home with tons of potential. Today it shines with smart renovation choices and plenty of charm. Its new owners are getting ready to move in. This house is ready to begin its new life as a delightful, warm and loving home once again!
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s “My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.