The 1530 Syracuse St. Remodel

1530 Syracuse St. before Nikki purchased the property

Have you ever heard of the expression “Good Bones”? Well, this home was the epitome of that expression. In fact, the only good thing about this home at first may have been the bones.

The roofline looked like it was slipping off the top of the house, the front porch posts were hanging on for dear life, the curb appeal was an eyesore, the inside of the home was dark and dull. This home was once overlooked by many buyers and we transformed it into someone’s dream home with multiple offers and selling for $30,000 over asking price.

This home was so dark, dated, and uninviting. In order to open up the space and lighten it up a bit, we opted for a light gray paint throughout. Buyers love a bright and open floor plan so we had to freshen up the entryway, living room, and kitchen since that was the main focal point upon opening the front door. We gave the whole upstairs new paint, new windows, new light fixtures, added can lights to the ceiling, refinished and stained the original hardwood floors. Since you only have one chance for a great first impression, we made sure each detail in the home was complete perfection.

When remodeling an older, classic home, there are some features that are important to keep and restore rather than to tear down or change.  In this home, we felt it was important to pay homage to the coved ceilings and archways throughout the home. It is important for us to honor the age and history of the home so we like to incorporate modern finishes with the remodel of a traditional home.

My favorite room of the entire house is, of course, the kitchen. Before we got our hands on this home, the kitchen was in bad shape and did not feel like the heart of the home. We really needed to brighten this room up; it was dark, dingy, and dirty.  The first step was to demo the entire kitchen, goodbye old cabinets, dated brown granite, and old white and black appliances. We went for a bright, white shaker cabinet, kept the white theme going with a light glass, mosaic tile, and added some contrast with a sleek, black, granite countertop. The kitchen had built-in cabinets, which is a fun feature of the 1950s when the house was built, so cleaning them up and repainting them gave it a nice feel and restored some of the classic character. Buyer’s love to walk in a remodeled home and see classic features restored.

The basement was slightly finished so we decided to take this as an opportunity to turn the basement into a master suite in the event a potential buyer wanted to rent it out, use it as an Air BNB, or just have a really nice master and en-suite in the basement. In order to turn the basement into a suite, it was imperative to have a laundry room, oversized bathroom, egress window, and a large master suite. The basement was finished with new paint, new carpet, new windows, upgraded and oversized laundry room, and new lighting in the living space. The master bath was designed to impress. It was updated with a brand new oversized vanity, Quartz countertops, Subway tile backsplash, and brand new light fixtures.

This was a really popular home in a great location, after just one day we received multiple offers, all being over asking price, and accepting an offer of $30,000 over asking price.   

To see more pictures of the before and after head over to: 1530 Syracuse Photo Gallery

Leave a Reply