BHD’s Top 10 ways to add value to your home!

Nashville, or should we say Nowville, is experiencing unprecedented growth. Last month, Consumer Reports magazine did a case study of a home in Austin that underwent a $65,000 renovation that raised the home’s value by $142,000. The article said the renovation was smart and strategic but also had a lot to do with the market in Austin, 20% appreciation in the last 3.5 years. It got us thinking about Nashville. After looking it up, we learned Nashville appreciation rate for the last 3 years was 23.5, even more than Austin.

Renovations come in all sizes but at the end of the day, homeowner’s usually have the same thing in the back of their mind— resale value. Are the dollars going in going to generate a return on investment or are they going to fall flat. Sometimes it is a war between renovating for personal use and renovating for resale. Other times, it is a war between making luxury upgrades you will enjoy verses the fear of over-improving and never seeing a return for the work. BHD knows the struggle is real and we are here to help you find the perfect balance. Check out of list of top 10 ways to add value to your home and make sure to read Consumer Reports “8 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value”!

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BethHaley_AB_Buckley-56691. Kitchen –  The big decision with kitchens is whether to invest in a gut remodel or to work within the ex existing framework. Whatever the decision, make sure your kitchen is at the bare minimum clean and functional. This usually means new cabinet fronts or repainting, countertops, backsplash, hardware, lighting, and flooring.  Buyers love stainless steel, hard stone surfaces like granite or quartz, and hardwood.

 

 

 

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2. Floor plan – A lot of buyers crave open floor plans and are eager to buy properties that have already been renovated. When considering your own renovation, think about doing work to open up smaller rooms and how to create a good flow through your home. The range in this kind of work is extensive so talking to a designer will help you see all the options! If you do decide to get into major reno work moving walls, consider making the floor plan suitable for aging in place; In 2040, 21% of the population will be senior citizens and the current housing stock won’t be able to accommodate. Some elements are first floor master suites, non-threshold showers, and widening tight spaces to allow wheelchair or walker access.

 

 

 

 

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3. Bathrooms – Like kitchens, any work done to your bathroom will likely add value to your home. Ranging from the most simple and obvious stuff like replacing medicine cabinets, lighting, countertops, vanity, flooring to the complete renovations, focus on creating a clean, functional space.

 

 

 

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4. Flooring – Get rid of outdated flooring. Old carpet has to go. Linoleum has to go. Refinish hardwood floors. Add hardwood floors. Add tile. Whatever you do, unify the look of your home through flooring. It can make the whole house look bigger and it will do wonders to the overall character of the space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Storage – Make your storage areas work for you and make sure to add storage areas if you undertake any renovation that either removes existing storage or reconfigures the floor plan. Homeowner’s love dedicated mudrooms, built-ins, pantries, walk-in closets, and other unique storage setups particular to your home. Find the opportunities and capitalize on every nook and cranny available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Cosmetics – Cosmetics really come down to making your house feel like it has been well cared for. Make sure nothing is broken in your home and nothing screams outdated. Simple fixes like new lighting, new doors, new hardware, new faucets, and even new trim / molding are a surefire way to increase the value of your home. Also, don’t forget to paint, paint paint!

 

 

 

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7. Landscaping – Take care that the outside of your home appears low-maintenance. Add value by replacing part of your backyard with a patio with seating, fire pit, and BBQ area. Make sure the curb appeal of your home is as good as it can be. Replacing the front door, stoop, and steps is a classic way to modify the front facade. You would be surprised what a significant statement those 3 elements make on the overall look! * Photo: Courtesy, Bagnato Architects of Austraila. Photo Credit: Axiom Photography.

 

 

 

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8. Technology – Integrate technology whenever possible. Simple upgrades like USB outlets in bedrooms to programmable thermostats create the feel of a modern, renovated home. Consider creating a focal point in your home by adding a modern, linear fireplace or renovate an existing fireplace. Small investments can result in big returns upon investment when you consider the overall effect on the aesthetic of your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9. Energy efficiency – Make sure your home is as energy efficient as it can be. People love buying older homes but they don’t want to feel like the home is outdated. If you have a crawl space below your house or in the attic, make sure it is insulated. If your windows need to be replaced, look for Energy Star / Low-E coated windows. Buyers are savvy and will recognize the value added. An easy update is to buy new, energy efficient appliances.

 

 

 

 

 

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10. Systems – Everything should be in working order- or in tip-top shape. Either you pay for it upfront and reap the rewards or the inspector finds all the flaws and buyers have leverage in their offer. Try to sell your home without punch list items that need to be addressed, anything from an old water heater to an outdated furnace. Nobody wants to feel like they are buying a house that has been fixed up cosmetically but is still rusty under the hood!

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.consumerreports.org/home-improvement/8-ways-to-boost-your-home-value/

http://www.fortunebuilders.com/nashville-real-estate-market-trends/

 

February Newsletter – Things We Love

 

 

 

 

 

February is the month of love and we thought there was no better time to share some of things we love. It goes without saying we love design but we often are asked what we most love about being a designer.  We love that our work is our passion and it requires a creative eye and a vivid imagination. Inspiration is everywhere: the hallmark vacation of the year, last week’s blanket of snow, a good book, or a walk around the block. Life is colorful when you live like a bloodhound on a hunting spree; there is always something to search-out and fixate on.

Another thing we love about being a designer is working with clients. Not only do we get to work with great people but we also get to shape the way they live in their homes. Lastly, we love that being a designer means keeping your finger on the pulse of so many different creative fields, fashion, architecture, the arts, you name it. Design is often likened to being a renaissance career because of the sheer variety. We absolutely love being renaissance women! Happy Valentines Day and warm greetings to you all!


Featured BHD Space: Spaces we love

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and discuss what we love about some of the highlights from last year!

This amazing Werthan Lofts space was featured on StyleBlueprint but we can’t get enough of the gorgeous custom wood built-ins featured in the dining room. We love the way the textured inlays in the cozy coves make accessories pop. We simply adored working on this historical meets industrial meets city chic interior!

Love #2 is this stunning Scandinavian/Post Modern inspired kitchen remodel. We love so many things about this space that it is hard to narrow down just a few things to discuss! First, we love the color story and the way the beautiful wood grain looks paired with the earthy green, graphic glass backsplash, vibrant turquoise walls, and gleaming stainless steel. We love the open geometric, block shelving that makes serving meals within reach. The slim lines of the built-ins scream minimalist modern are just the right scale. 


We always love a good before & after and this example is great because it shows the sheer power of interior design. Nothing was changed except the furnishings and accessories but what a transformation! Light, bright, and colorful were the name of the game for this downtown highrise remodel!

Last but not least, we love this kitchen renovation that completely changed the look and feel of the home. The entire house was redone but like so many homes, the kitchen was the centerpiece. Here we love the whiteness of the kitchen balanced by the dark oversized center island with bar seating. We love the way two banks of window fill the space with light yet there is still plenty of upper cabinet storage. What a great kitchen remodel!



Featured Vendor: Robert Allen 

Robert Allen is one of our favorite go-to vendors for fabric. A few days ago we were lucky to have a sneak peak at some of the newest lines from their collection. We are obsessed with the new colors and patterns! Indigo, rhubarb, palm, and beet, to name a few! We also love the tactile feel of the fabrics; Durable yet soft, warm, and inviting. Can’t wait to bring these fabrics to our clients!


Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

We mentioned this in the last month and we are excited the time has finally arrived! If you haven’t gotten your ticket to this lecture and others make special events at the Antique & Garden make sure to do so soon! Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog has gained momentum year after year and has managed to become ubiquitous in the design world. If you aren’t familiar with her website, here is a great article to get you started. It is chockfull of tips from top designer firm Roman and Williams.

For more info click here.

For more info on the Antique & Garden show click here.


Hot Topic: Maison & Object
 

One of our favorite trade shows for interior design inspiration and products is Maison & Object. The show takes place several times a year in Paris, Singapore, and Miami and each show is highly anticipated. We love the international vendors and the exposure the show brings to smaller talent we might not see elsewhere. Here are a few of our current favorites: tables, chairs, lighting, and cactus vessels that remind us of our own resident artist Yuri Figueroa! Do yourself a favor and follow Maison & Object on Instagram and tag Beth Haley Design in posts you love! 


 

January Newsletter

With all the high hopes of the new year, January is the perfect month to think about organization in your home. It is not the icing on the cake of what we as designers do, but it is one of the most powerful tools we have in terms of creating functional, enjoyable, livable homes. For us, organization can be broken down into two categories: planning and styling. Organizational planning is a very specific part of the design process. From the moment we meet a new client we are trying to piece together the puzzle of what the family needs. We take everything into consideration- lifestyle, age of kids, pets, collections, hobbies, how the client entertains, etc. Styling, on the other hand, is what we do on a daily basis to keep our houses looking put together. We know life is more complicated and messy than a glossy magazine spread but with a few helpful pointers, we can help you get there.


Featured BHD Space: Organizational Masterpieces

Let’s take a closer look at some BHD spaces that nail the organization element.

We worked with our client to discern exactly what they needed in their master bathroom. Like most clients, it boiled down to storage so we designed this custom millwork piece to provide a home for every product with electrical outlets discretely hidden yet right at your fingertips. The final result is what everyone wants: a functional, clean, organized bathroom.

In another custom solution for storage, we took a rambling, awkwardly configured floor plan and converted it into a master closet. Just look at how streamlined the space is from the outside yet how the inside reveals a master level of organization. From roll-out trays for accessories to the adjustable shelves designed for scarves, hats and jewelry stands, to the custom fabricated necklace holders on the door panel, this space is hard working.

This pantry is elevated to the forefront of design. To meet the needs of the client, we combined many functions into the space, giving a proper, logical resting spot for all of life’s necessities. The kids have their cubbies, hooks, and baskets while the pantry has adjustable shelves to meet the demands of the kitchen. Design details add beauty to this high function area with bead board backing, dark stained walnut tops & wicker baskets for texture and go-to storage. The key here was proper planning!

Kitchens cabinets are all about preemptive organizational planning but this kitchen takes it a step further through beautiful design tricks and details. What do you do for a client that wants a streamlined look (aka no countertop appliances on constant display) but wants them ready to go the instant they are needed? Simple – hide them behind an operable garage style door. In addition, notice the pullout tray designed for the kitty box. Managing & organizing pet care is a common request amongst our clients. From all of our experience designing kitchens, we have found function is so much more elevated when it is truly incorporated into the design! It is details like these that create dream kitchens for clients with the perfect blend of style and high performance organization.

The last space we want to share is a vision of organization. Picture a blank, unused wall in your house and then picture it with custom built-in storage. This beautiful row of cabinets is neatly tucked into a corner in a master bath but the idea is universal. Here, we have a hamper hidden in a pullout cabinet, oversized drawers for linen storage, smaller drawers for bulky hair styling equipment, upper cabinets for products, and open shelves for display. Serenity now!


Featured Vendor: Napa Home & Garden

BHD is proud to showcase beautiful Napa Home & Garden accent pieces in our showroom! Touches of soft color and elements of nature are sure to warm our senses during the cold winter months.  We had a lot of fun featuring some of their products in our 12 Days of Christmas last month and we have a lot more to choose from. Visit us anytime!


Featured Event: Art Exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History

Don’t miss BHD showroom artist Yuri Figeroa’s work featured at the Nashville Public Library as part of the exhibit Estamos Aquí: 500 Years of Latino American History. The show features a collaboration of artists and events that explore the ‘culture and history of Latino Americans in Nashville and the United States’. We can’t wait to see this cactus series Yuri created for the show!

For more info click here.


Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

This event isn’t until next month but we are so excited to see Ms. Goop herself, we thought we would share this early so you can mark your calendars. Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog has gained momentum year after year and has managed to become ubiquitous in the design world. If you aren’t familiar with her website, here is a great article to get you started. It is chockfull of tips from top designer firm Roman and Williams. Don’t forget to plan ahead as this event may sell out!

For more info click here.


Hot Topic: Nashville Public Art
 

It is no secret that it’s an exciting time to be a resident of Nashville. With a new development around every corner and a new restaurant opening every week, it is sometimes hard to keep up with this great, changing city. That being said, we wanted to take a moment to highlight one particular aspect we have noticed making a major impact on the city and that is public art. Nashville has long had Musica on the Music Row Roundabout, Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks on the Cumberland River but we are so excited to see a new crop of art to feast our eyes on. There is something to be said for a city that is organized and in the position to support the arts and provide the community a source of daily inspiration and escape.

Click here for info on projects in the pipeline!