I was hired to develop a design renovation plan for a historic home in San Mateo California. The owners were placing it on the market after it had been used for decades as a rental.
It was in very rough shape. We began with removing all the old carpeting, nearly gutting the bathroom and removing all the lighting. I acquired the fireplace mantle, dining room light fixture, a set of French doors and staircase posts at a salvage yard to save money and to bring in pieces that would feel appropriate to the style and age of the home.
The fireplace was of particular concern. We removed the brick columns on either side of the firebox, gutted some of the brick structure from within the firebox and erected a surround to cover over the heavily damaged brick.
When it was completed I staged it. The house just went onto the market and has had a huge responose. It will go considerably over asking price with multiple offers already coming in.